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Senior Intellectual Property Specialist

Research & Development

Tokyo (Hybrid)

Job Description

The position is responsible for cultivating and maintaining the global intellectual property portfolio for an ophthalmic medical device company. 


Key Responsibilities

  • Work with engineers in multiple global sites to identify patentable inventions, submit invention disclosures, and perform patentability searches on potential inventions
  • Work with external counsel to prosecute and maintain the division’s global patent and trademark portfolio. Conduct patent validity searches as well as freedom-to-operate and infringement analyses for new projects/designs
  • Monitor competitor patents and provide recommendations and actions to mitigate potential IP risks. Assist engineers to test and analyze competitor products for possible infringement
  • Create global IP training program and provide relevant training and advice to all scientific staff



  • 3+ years of managing intellectual property portfolios in the medical device or life science field



  • Bachelor degree in Optical, Material, or Mechanical Engineering (or a related engineering field). Master Degree preferred



  • Knowledge of the patent prosecution process in Japan and preferably the US
  • Experience in conducting patent and prior art searches in patent databases and systems
  • Experience in transactional IP including contracts, licenses, and agreements is a plus
  • Proactive and able to work independently. Must be able to work cross-functionally and across multiple time zones
  • Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Japanese and English


Travel Requirements

  • 5%


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