Perstorp, Sweden
Application due: April 21 2024


IP Specialist, R&D Innovation

Join our team of dedicated IP attorneys in the Open Innovation & Intellectual Property function at Perstorp, where we protect our business, drive growth, and support sustainable chemical innovation.

We offer a position within our function Open Innovation & Intellectual Property, in a team of skilled, dedicated and enthusiastic IP attorneys. Together, we manage the intellectual property of Perstorp Group in protecting our assets and businesses, but also in supporting the development of our chemical innovations. As we continue our sustainability journey with continued growth, Innovation sees a need to strengthen and expand our IP team. We are part of the Innovation organization consisting of around 70 employees.

About the job

Perstorp Innovation is on a transformation journey to support the entire Perstorp group with bringing forward specialty chemicals and solutions that provide the sustainable welfare of tomorrow. Open Innovation manages the portfolio of external collaboration projects, scouts new opportunities, grows and strengthens our network of R&D partners and identifies potential new projects. With its global responsibilities, the IP team contributes both to Innovation and the entire Perstorp Group.

Our IP team is responsible for supporting the entire Perstorp Group with expert knowledge in patenting, state-of-the-art, patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, company searches, trademarks and IP asset management. We do this in close collaboration with the innovation laboratories and the rest of our innovation organization, the legal department, our sites, engineering, business stakeholders, and partners around the world.

Your main assignments will be:

  • To participate in and contribute to the IP responsibilities
  • To support the IP team in investigating and developing the innovative potential of Innovation activities and of the Open Innovation framework
  • To perform state-of-the-art, patentability, freedom-to-operate, validity, and company/inventor searches
  • To contribute in regularly updating the Patent & Product Watch portfolio
  • Work tasks might contain high complexity and require good planning, interaction and coordination with colleagues from other departments, though there is always room for learning

Who are you?

  • Technical/chemistry/life science education on minimum bachelor's level or equivalent
  • Experience from a law firm or industrial IP-department is preferred
  • R&D - Innovation is a project-oriented organization and familiarity to project driven work is acknowledged
  • Spoken and written English is required
  • Experience in using patent information databases (PatSnap, PatBase, or STN are preferred)
  • Experience in the following areas is a plus, but not required
    • Trademark Searches
    • QPIP certification
    • Open Innovation/university interactions and funding
    • Competitive intelligence and IP landscape analysis

To be successful in this position you should be self-reliant but with good collaboration skills. In some parts of your job, you will be working individually but in larger projects there are many people you will interact with. You also need to have a strong drive and ability to take initiatives.

What can we offer?

What you do really counts!

As our IP Specialist you will work in a team of dedicated and experienced IP attorneys and play a major role in ensuring the delivery of our objectives. Although we have a global span and presence, we are considered a small to mid-sized company. This means you are never anonymous – what you do really counts. You will have the opportunity to make a great positive impact; by driving change, transforming our organization and enabling new solutions that will help industries and products everywhere become more sustainable. And if this is not enough - you will be surrounded by friendly, supportive and engaged colleagues that you can learn from.

A strong company culture

Our core values Care, Responsibility, Reliability and Focused Innovation are a living part of our company culture. We believe in leading with our hearts and show concern for each other and for the world around us. We want to take responsibility and keep what we promise. We constantly strive to work smarter and better. If you share these values, we think you'll be happy with us!

Global reach with strong local presence and a stable owner

Since Perstorp is the world leader in several sectors of the specialty chemicals market, with a global presence, there are many opportunities to participate in international investments and development projects. Our new owner, PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), is stable with a long-term horizon.

Additional information

This is a permanent employment with a hybrid way of working, connected to our site in Perstorp, Sweden.

For more information about the position contact: Magnus Johnson, Director Open Innovation & IP, +46435788649.

About Perstorp

Perstorp believes in improving everyday life – making it safer, more convenient and more environmentally sound for billions of people all over the world. As a world leading specialty chemicals company, our innovations provide essential properties for products used every day and everywhere. You’ll find us all the way from your car and mobile phone to towering wind turbines and the local dairy farm. Simply put, we work to make good products even better, with a clear sustainability agenda.

Founded in Sweden in 1881, Perstorp’s focused innovation builds on more than 140 years of experience, representing a complete chain of solutions in organic chemistry, process technology and application development. Perstorp has approximately 1,500 employees and manufacturing units in Asia, Europe and North America. Sales in 2021 amounted to 13.5 billion SEK. Perstorp Group is since October 2022 a wholly-owned subsidiary of PETRONAS Chemicals Group Berhad (PCG), Malaysia´s leading integrated chemicals provider and part of PETRONAS Group.