European Patent Attorney - Patent Agent in Regensdorf, Switzerland at X-Rite, Incorporated

Date Posted: 5/12/2018

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Job Description

Job ID: X-R000818

About Us

X-Rite is
the global leader in color measurement and color management, offering hardware,
software and services for measuring, formulating and matching color. The
company serves a range of industries, including automotive, paints, plastics,
textiles, printing, packaging, photography, graphic design, video, dental and
medical. X-Rite serves customers worldwide from its offices in Europe, Asia and
the Americas.


This is a critical and highly visible role within X-Rite and the Danaher Product Identification platform intellectual property (IP) team. The attorney/agent will work directly with R&D, marketing, legal and other functions to help guide the development of new products; identify and protect inventions either directly or with outside counsel; support freedom to operate and other IP related assessments (both offensive/defensive); and support IP related contract negotiations  

•    Active support of technical and business teams from identification/conception of ideas through patent grant
•    Counsel R & D and marketing departments throughout product design and development process regarding intellectual property protection
•    Perform patent searches
•    Monitor competitor IP activity
•    Support/lead Freedom to Operate activities
•    Defend X-Rite intellectual property against third party challenges
•    Support IP agreement negotiations
•    Analyze third-party products
•    Support activities relating to   third party rights, including assessing infringement, design around options, and patent opposition/nullity actions. Internal counseling on all issues of the intellectual property rights
•    Cooperation with commercial and IP attorneys worldwide
•    Negotiation and administration of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA)
•    Functional supervision of patent assistant

Job Requirements


•    Masters Degree in engineering (electronics, physics, software engineering)
•    5+ years working experience in the intellectual property department of a high-tech company or in a law firm
•    Authorized representative before the European Patent Office
•    In-depth legal knowledge and keen interest in technical issues
•    Knowledge of the European (possibly swiss) AND US patent law system
•    Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills
•    Team player
•    Champion of continuous improvement
Excellent knowledge of German and English, both written and spoken OTHER and SOFT SKILLS:
•    Comfortable to work in a “matrix organization”
•    Experience in working with external consultant organizations (FTO and search) and external law firms
•    Experience with IP processes typical of large scale organizations
•    Pro-active communicator
•    Self-motivated and action oriented
•    Ability to manage multiple competing priorities
•    Does not let perfect get in the way of better
•    Technically curious – possibly having a “techno hobby”
•    Deals effectively with “work peaks”
What you can expect

At X-Rite / Danaher, you can build a career in a way no other company can duplicate. Our brands allow us to offer dynamic careers across multiple industries. We’re innovative, fast-paced, results-oriented, and we win. We need talented people to keep winning. Here you’ll learn how DBS is used to shape strategy, focus execution, align our people, and create value for customers and shareholders. Come join our winning team.

Danaher Corporation Overview

Product Identification Platform is comprised of Videojet, Pantone, Esko,
X-Rite, Foba, Linx, Laetus and AVT, a group of technology companies dedicated
to helping customers give products unique identities. Through innovative
software and hardware solutions for marking and coding, colour selection and
communication, packaging development, management and production, and track and
trace, the Product Identification companies are simplifying the packaging value
chain for 90% of products produced around the world.