Job title
Associate IP Attorney, Germany
Associate IP Attorney

Lohne, Frankenthal or location to be discussed with home office options

The IP department is seeking an Associate IP Attorney to support our Consumer Packaging International (CPI) business unit, preferably to be located in Germany or the United Kingdom, but for the right candidate, we will consider locations near other Berry facilities in Europe. The job involves working very closely with the CPI R&D teams to identify and generate patentable ideas, preparing IP documents such as patents and developing a sound patent filing and management strategy, providing expert opinions and advice with respect to the freedom to operate, counterfeit etc. The role will require 20-30% travel to facilities across CPI.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist administration of the IP portfolio worldwide for the CPI business unit
  • Drafting of patents, opinions etc. or mandating outside resources for such tasks
  • Actively monitoring competitor activity including publication of patent applications, registered designs, and trademarks
  • Providing IP advice to the R&D teams worldwide, including product and process innovation
  • Performing or monitoring responses to patent office actions in order to optimize the business value of the granted IP
  • Participating in legal proceedings, such as patent oppositions, and litigation as it may arise
  • Communicating intellectual property activities to the company’s executive board
  • Assist in managing a network of outside firms used to perform specific, selected tasks in order to optimize performance and cost
  • Training employees to be educated on intellectual property matters
  • Provide senior level support of and partnership across all Berry divisions with legal needs in Europe.
  • Assist in handling development contract, lease, and NDA reviews and negotiations


  • The successful candidate must have a University degree in Engineering, Physics or similar; PhD or other advanced degree a plus
  • A minimum of 2-5 years of patent experience within a law firm and/or corporate in-house setting
  • Qualified or partly qualified European Patent Attorney and/or a national patent attorney 
  • Knowledge of medical devices and/or packaging background and/or knowledge of materials and plastics would be an advantage
  • Experience with Patent Application Preparation and Prosecution required
  • Experience administering compliance with national remuneration programs preferred
  • Experience with European patent oppositions preferred
  • Intellectual Property transactional experience, including licensing, contracts, joint development agreements, etc. (preferred)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to clearly, thoroughly and succinctly communicate complex ideas in English language, further language (Danish, German or French) would be considered an advantage
  • Proactive and consultative approach with strong ability to effectively prioritize multiple competing work requirements

Please apply by sending your CV and salary expectation to:

Closing date for applications: Monday 9 November 2020

Posted date
26 October 2020
  • Europe
  • Remote working