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Patent Analyst - Civil Airframes & Defence

Date: May 14, 2022

Location: Bristol, ENG, GB

Company: GKN Aerospace Careers

A Truly Global Business 
Every day, around the world, we help aircraft fly further, faster and greener.  We’re the world’s leading tier one aerospace supplier of systems and components. With over 15,000 employees across 41 manufacturing sites in 13 countries serving over 90% of the world’s aircraft and engine manufacturers with sales of £2.8bn.  Together as “One GKN” we’re moving our business and industry forward developing technologies that rapidly decarbonise aircraft, and innovating to help build a new generation of planes that produce zero emissions.  We’re putting sustainability at the heart of what we do; driving our objective to becoming a net zero greenhouse gas emissions business before 2050! 

Making a Difference 
It’s great to know you’re making a difference to the future of aviation! Whatever part you play you’ll be helping us deliver operational excellence to our customers.

The Opportunity

Based at our state-of-the-art research centre - the Global Technology Centre - in Bristol, we are looking for a Patent Analyst who will provide advice and support in relation to the patenting activities of the Civil Airframe and Defence business lines. At the GTC we carry out collaborative research and development into technology for the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft. As part of the legal team - but working on a daily basis with our technologists - your primary focus will be on undertaking prior art searching, landscaping studies and overseeing third party watch activities.  You will work closely with the Global IP Manager for the Civil Airframe and Defence business lines to support the maintenance and development of the IP portfolio of GKN Aerospace.

How You'll Contribute

In this role, you will:

  • undertake prior art searches and patent landscaping studies to support the development and implementation of IP strategies; analyse output and generate reports.
  • establish and update an effective third party patent watch programme to monitor patent activities of key competitors and identify third party patent activity of interest.
  • liaise with technical and commercial personnel to ensure effective outputs from searches, studies and watches.
  • ensure appropriate quality and cost control, timely delivery and checking of any searches and studies performed by third parties.
  • support the Global Intellectual Property Manager in harvesting and reviewing new invention disclosures – including working with inventors to support the submission of new invention disclosures, preparation of materials for presentation to the Intellectual Property Committee and providing timely feedback. 
  • instruct, manage and review the work of external patent attorneys in drafting new patent applications and prosecuting patent applications through to grant, providing effective liaison between the external patent attorneys and the inventors to ensure an efficient and effective relationship and effective management of costs.
  • ensure the effective renewal of all relevant registered intellectual property rights including ensuring that all relevant databases are maintained with up to date details and that timely instructions are provided to external third parties involved in the payment of renewal fees.
  • support the Global Intellectual Property Manager to implement the Intellectual Property IP strategy, making suggestions to improve processes and approaches, influencing team ways of working and discussions on opportunities for improvements.

What You'll Bring

To help us make a difference, you’ll bring your passion and expertise/ talent for what you do along with the following skills, experience, qualifications and attributes:

  •      Bachelor Degree in Engineering or science – ideally mechanical, electrical or physics.
  •      significant experience of conducting prior art searches and landscaping studies  within an industrial organisation or within a legal firm/patent attorney firm.
  •      experience in a range of intellectual property matters, particularly patent prosecution matters. 
  •      track record of being able to instruct and manage external patent attorneys and other external stakeholders across multiple jurisdictions. 
  •      ability to deal with a diverse range of technologies and rapidly gain a good understanding of new technical areas.
  •      a strong and independent personality, with the ability to operate substantially independently but being able to recognize when issues require support or escalation.
  •      an ability to work closely and in detail with technologists in the business together with the ability to work and communicate effectively with non-technically qualified employees, including senior management. 
  •      integrity and courage; able to adapt own behaviour and communication style to suit the context, including sensitively delivering tough messages.
  •      an ability to think laterally and has a track record of delivering business-focused solutions.
  •      good judgement and sound decision making even when not in possession of all the facts.
  •      takes ownership of tasks, seeks guidance and input from others; knows when to ask for help.
  •      plans, organises and prioritises workload, keeps colleagues informed and manages expectations, while being a completer/finisher who can demonstrate work/life balance.
  •      Is adaptable, welcomes change and challenge and plays an active role in designing and implementing novel solutions.
  •      Embraces and demonstrates the GKN 5 values.

What We'll Offer

Once you’re on board you’ll get the following perks and benefits:
•    Industry Leading Pension Scheme = we’ll match your contributions up to 8% on a 1 : 1.5 basis
•    Life Assurance 8 x salary
•    25 days' holiday + bank holidays
•    Income protection
•    Shopping discounts
•    Free on-site parking, cafe, showers and Cycle To Work scheme
•    Employee Assistance Programme
•    A collaborative, dynamic working environment 

As well as a competitive package we’ll offer you a world of opportunity. We want to see your career fly!  We’ll support your career progression by providing you with learning and development opportunities.  That’s the beauty of being part of a global business, once you’re on board you never know where you career journey may take you! 
A Great Place to work needs a Great Way of Working
Everyone is welcome to apply to GKN.  Through our commitment to diversity, inclusion and belonging and by living our five powerful principles we’ve created a culture where everyone feels welcome to contribute.  It’s a culture that won us ‘The Best Workplace Culture Award’ last year.  By embracing and celebrating what makes us unique we encourage everyone to bring their full self to work. We’re also committed to providing an accessible recruitment process, so if you require reasonable adjustments at any stage during our recruitment process please get in touch and let us know.

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