Patent Engineer, IPR Management

Updated: 4 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 26 Oct 2022

Are you looking for a new opportunity as a patent engineer in an organisation that strongly supports professional growth? Would you like to use your expertise to drive a sustainable future, while working in an inspiring community on the cutting edge of science and technology? Do you enjoy creating valuable patents together with your team? VTT might be just the place for you.  

VTT is one of the leading applied research organisations in Europe. What unites us are curiosity, a passion for learning, and a purpose: to solve the biggest challenges of our time and turn them into sustainable growth and well-being. Our cross-disciplinary community of over 2000 brilliant minds focuses on creating impact through science-based innovation. Get to know us further by exploring VTT’s research infra at VTT World

We are now looking for a patent engineer to join our IPR Management team

As patent engineer, you have a key role in evaluating and protecting VTTers’ inventions and patent prosecution in close co-operation with researchers, patent offices and business development. Main tasks include patentability evaluations of inventions, running the patent teams, managing invention protection process with inventors and external patent attorneys, and maintaining the patent portfolio together with IPR managers.  In this position, you have the opportunity to grow into a key member of the IPR team, which in turn enables VTT inventions to be turned into significant innovations.

Our team, IPR management, works for VTT’s IPR portfolio management and commercialization support. We have 11 members in total and we are looking for a patent engineer to complete the team. Your location can be any one of VTT’s sites: Espoo, Tampere, Oulu or Jyväskylä.

We operate as part of VTT’s Business Support function. As a team, we perform in close operation with VTT’s research units, business development and commercial operations. Our main tasks include managing VTT’s patent and IPR license portfolios as well as in general turning VTT’s research-based inventions from idea level to a complete technology transfer package for VTT’s customers. 

As patent engineer you will be:
  • Managing invention disclosure and patent prosecution processes of VTT inventions in areas of measurement technologies, optics and related process technologies.
  • Running patent teams on your domain to ensure effective patenting decisions and carving out optimal protection scope in your area
  • Supporting IP based value creation and business development for VTT

Who we are looking for:
  • You have some previous experience in invention evaluation and patent prosecution. We value your hunger towards learning by doing
  • You possess both the ability and the motivation to learn more about measurement technologies, optics, micromechanical processes and related technologies
  • Your communication skills in both Finnish and English are at a good level

Prior experience of managing patent portfolios and understanding on European and US patent prosecution is seen as beneficial.

As a person, we hope that you are:
  • Motivated and driven to create value based on emerging technologies
  • An effective communicator both internally as well as externally
  • An active team player with a service minded attitude
  • Capable of independent work and managing multiple tasks in parallel
  • Enthusiastic to work in an ambitious and international environment
  • Willing to learn

We also appreciate a proactive attitude towards developing our operations as well as the capability to challenge things to improve the ways of working

With VTT, you’ll enjoy:

Work with a strong purpose. At VTT, you’ll get to use your professional expertise to help solve the greatest challenges of our time through science and innovation. Our research agenda is dedicated to creating solutions for systemic and technological challenges, such as reaching carbon neutrality and creating superior digital systems. At VTT, you’ll get to do your part in driving this meaningful change through your professional skills. Read more about our strategy, the path of exponential hope , and our organisational culture as the builder of the world's most meaningful place to work.

An inspiring community. VTT houses all the cutting-edge fields of innovation, from quantum technology to synthetic biology, under one roof. As a professional at VTT, you’ll witness and influence the future of science and technology as it happens. 

Career and learning opportunities. As a scientific expert organisation, we emphasise learning and development and support our people in reaching their full potential. People stay at VTT for more than ten years, as we offer opportunities to develop and grow into new responsibilities. If you’re curious, ambitious, and willing to learn, VTT is the place to take your career to the next level.

Support for your well-being. Our people are our main asset, so we take good care of them. We aim to nurture excellent team spirit and leadership and offer versatile well-being services to enable a good work-life balance. On top of 6 weeks of paid holidays, we offer exercise and culture benefits, hobby clubs, and voluntary well-being services such as meditation and cognitive ergonomics training.

Apply now and join our community of brilliant minds!

Please send your CV and application with your salary request via our recruitment system as soon as possible but at the latest by 26 October 2022. We will process applications as they come in and fill the position as soon as we find the right candidate.

Interested and want to know more?

For further information, please contact Pauli Laitinen (Team Leader, IPR Management), mobile: +358 40 181 2752, on Friday Oct 14th between 8:30-9 AM or on Friday October 21st between 8:30-9 AM.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Apply between 12 October 2022 and 26 October 2022 23:59 (Europe/Helsinki)

Employment type: Full-time, Permanent


VTT is a visionary research, development and innovation partner. We drive sustainable growth and tackle the biggest global challenges of our time and turn them into growth opportunities. We go beyond the obvious to help the society and companies to grow through technological innovations. We have 80 years of experience of top-level research and science-based results. VTT is at the sweet spot where innovation and business come together.

VTT – beyond the obvious.

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