First listed on: 24 May 2018

Intellectual Property Manager

  • Build and manage the Data61 Intellectual Property (IP) Portfolio
  • Play a key role in improving the effectiveness and efficiency of CSIRO's IP portfolio management
  • Work within the IP Management team to drive the IP education process across the organisation

The Position

CSIRO is seeking to appoint an experienced Intellectual Property (IP) Manager who will be responsible for building and managing the Data61 IP Portfolio, for engaging deeply with the Data61 Business Unit to develop Data61’s ability to treat its IP as a strategic asset, and for improving the effectiveness and efficiency of CSIRO’s IP portfolio management. You will be assigned to high-performance Research Groups primarily in the Computer Science field. You will provide professional expert advice and contribute to the delivery of large and complex transactions while protecting CSIRO’s IP, and driving understanding of CSIRO’s FTO position. Together with other members of the IP Management function, you will also drive the IP education process across the organisation.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Delivering Intellectual Property support including:
    - Engaging deeply with Research Group leaders in identifying and executing IP education needs, and group and technology level strategies.
    - Co-ordinating Data61's multidisciplinary IP Committee.
  • Strategic patent attorney advice including:
    - Contributing high level expertise and understanding of a broad range of IP issues and complex business problems, including patents, copyright, designs and trade marks.
    - Proactively identifying legal trends and risks, including business impact and identify strategies to address these issues.
  • Working with internal and external specialist teams including:
    - Actively managing relationships with external clients, stakeholders and service providers, including external legal counsel and patent attorneys.
    - Making a strong contribution to advising key internal client teams in feeding the opportunities pipeline and contributing to converting these to achieve revenue targets and achieving impact.

Location: Sydney preferred, Brisbane, Melbourne, Canberra may be considered

Salary: AU $109k to AU $128k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Indefinite

Reference: 57090

To be successful you will need:

  • A Bachelor Degree in Computer Science is preferred (alternatively in electronic engineering or another numerate, analytical discipline), with experience in IP management.
  • Professional experience involving intellectual property laws, particularly patent laws, and their application to the above areas of technology (e.g. a part-qualified or qualified patent attorney in AU, NZ, EP or the US, having worked in these fields).
  • Strong IP knowledge with expertise in all or most of the following areas, particularly as they relate to software and related technologies: patent laws and practices; confidential information and trade secrets; licensing; patent and other IP dispute resolution; trade marks, copyright and other forms of IP; commercial knowledge to complement legal/patent attorney knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing IP portfolios and advising on IP-related aspects of commercial transactions.
  • Strong leadership and collaboration skills and demonstrated ability to think and act laterally and strategically.

To view the full position description and selection criteria for this role please click here: Position description

We imagine. We collaborate. We innovate. At CSIRO, we do the extraordinary every day. We innovate for tomorrow and help improve today – for our customers, all Australians and the world. We do this by using science and technology to solve real issues. Diversity is the compass that navigates our innovation. We provide an inclusive workplace that respects, values and actively pursues the benefits of a diverse workforce. 
We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. Find out more here! Balance


How to Apply: Please load one document containing your CV and a brief cover letter which outlines your interest in the role and your motivations for applying (Maximum 2MB).  At the end of the online application process, you will also be required to respond to some screening questions. 

Applications Close: 11:59 PM AEST, 11 June 2018.

For selection documentation
and details on how to apply visit or call 1300 984 220

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