Head of Intellectual Property Management (m/f/d)

Bruchsal, Germany

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We at Volocopter are pioneers in the development of electrical air taxis that take off and land vertically (eVTOLs). We are bringing urban air mobility to life by introducing our air taxis and drones as an electric addition to current transportation options in megacities worldwide. Our aim is to offer affordable on-demand air taxi services and save people time by flying them safely to their destination. In 2011, we performed the first-ever crewed flight of a purely electrical multicopter and have since showcased numerous public flights with our full-scale Volocopters (www.volocopter.com).

Job Description

As Head of Intellectual Property Management (m/f/d), you will be leading the growing IP department at Volocopter. In this role, you will be spearheading all Intellectual Property topics, working closely with our technical departments, as well as Legal and management functions, and actively shaping all IP processes within the Volocopter Group.  

Your Mission: 

  • You will be leading, mentoring and developing the IP team 
  • You will be the sparring partner for technical experts and leaders in all matters related to IP at Volocopter 
  • You conduct freedom-to-operate searches and analyses for our products before market launch 
  • You will drive and further develop the competition monitoring process at Volocopter 
  • You will facilitate and actively promote innovation throughout the different products 
  • You will be the go-to person for all IP-related questions; working closely with and regularly reporting to top management 
  • You will continuously work on implementing, standardizing and improving processes in your area 
  • You will contribute to IP contract negotiations in collaboration with the Legal department 

Our Boarding Requirements: 

  • Experience in the field of patents, with knowledge in worldwide patent offices, especially DPMA (Germany), EPO (European Patent Office), USPTO (USA) and CNIPA (China) 
  • Hands-on trademark experience with all major offices worldwide (especially EUIPO, WIPO, USPTO, CNIPA), as well as experience in trademark strategy, monitoring and enforcement 
  • In-house experience in a high-tech company is desirable, including experience in patent strategy, budget planning, competition monitoring, freedom-to-operate searches and analyses  
  • Experience leading motivated and high-performing teams, and a passionate team player 
  • Fluent in English and German 
  • Willingness to travel 
Additional Information

Our Volocopter flight includes:

  • Fast-growing high-tech company with a supreme network of investors and partners 
  • Ability to contribute directly to the future of aviation
  • The chance to build up new things/projects from scratch 
  • Personal accountability, growth and learning opportunities, based on your personal strengths
  • An inspiring working environment with modern workspaces, flexible work time, short lines of communication, flat structures, positive leadership, great team spirit
  • Attractive salary package

Our differences make us stronger. At Volocopter, we value equal opportunity, trust, and the voice of each of our employees. As change-makers in air mobility, we believe that changing the world starts within each of our teams. We are committed to driving innovation by celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive culture where everyone is treated equally and respectfully, regardless of our different backgrounds and roles in the company.

Head of Intellectual Property Management (m/f/d)

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