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Intellectual Property Manager (Corporate in-house) W. Sacramento or Visalia, CA

Company: TOMRA
Location: West Sacramento
Posted on: November 17, 2022

Job Description:

About Us
Company Description
TOMRA Food designs and manufactures sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry, using the world's most advanced grading, sorting, peeling and analytical technology. The company's mission is to enable its customers to improve returns, gain operational efficiencies, and ensure a safe food supply via smart, useable technologies.
TOMRA Food is a member of the TOMRA Group founded in 1972 that began with the design, manufacture and sale of reverse vending machines (RVMs) for automated collection of used beverage containers. Today TOMRA provides technology-led solutions that enable the circular economy with advanced collection and sorting systems that optimize resource recovery and minimize waste in the food, recycling and mining industries.
Job Description
Primary Job Functions
The IP Portfolio Manager - Food is be responsible for the day-to-day handling of the TOMRA IP portfolio for TOMRA Food.

  • Based in TOMRA Food's Sacramento or Visalia offices, being the key IP contact for Tomra Food at the R&D sites located in USA, Belgium, Ireland, China and New Zealand.
  • Internally working with TOMRA Food R&D/Engineering and Product Management teams to capture innovation ideas, categorize, review potential value and coordinate prior art searches.
  • Monitoring and assisting the R&D group with their respective new patent and design filings and prosecution and acting as a liaison with the external IP advisors.
  • Negotiating and advising on IP aspects of contracts, R&D development agreements and licenses for TOMRA Food.
  • Assisting marketing teams with trade mark and associated IP issues.
  • Managing the TOMRA Food IP management software database, patent search software and IP budget software; including inputting data, creating reports and developing new processes, actions and functions.
  • Performing patent searches and patent landscape analysis and monitoring TOMRA's competitor activities.
  • Managing external IP legal resources.
  • Assisting the drafting and filing of IP applications.
  • Responsible for managing third party IP conflicts, IP litigation and FTO analysis for TOMRA Food.
  • Due diligence for M&A for new acquisitions.
  • Responsible for preparing case presentations for the IP Board meetings and documenting decisions and actions.
  • Contribute to the respective TOMRA Food IP budgets.
    About You
    Required Skills/Abilities
    • Strong business acumen.
    • Distinct analytical skills.
    • Proactive, able to work independently and prioritize own workload.
    • Decisive, hands-on, well organized and team oriented.
    • Fluent in English.
      Physical Requirements
      • Ability to sit at desk for long periods of time.
      • Kneel, bend, and stand as necessary.
      • Ability to lift 5-10 lbs.
        Work Environment
        • Ability to work in a fast-paced and customer-centric environment.
          • 10+ years experience as an IP advisor in a technology transfer office.
          • Several years of professional high-tech experience, ideally with optics and digital innovation knowledge.
          • In-house experience in IP and R&D environments with innovation idea capture, new idea valuation and protection, patent searches and IP litigation support.
          • Experience in optics technical area - process machinery, digital and platform technology.
          • Experience with an IP Management Software.
            • Technical degree in Physics, Computer Science, Electronic Engineering or comparable.
              • This position requires occasional travel, including international (around 20%).
                • Ability to drive without restrictions.
                  Why Work For Us
                  Additional Information
                  You will have long-term career opportunities, with a globally renowned company and the following:
                  • Strong benefits offering with medical, dental and vision plan premiums covered at 100% for employees
                  • Healthy PTO policy with 26 days annually (sick, vacation, holiday) which increases with each year of seniority
                  • Be part of a mission to transform how we all obtain, use and reuse the planet's resources to enable a world without waste
                  • Inclusive company culture that values diversity, well-being and strong camaraderie among our teammates
                  • Global career opportunities with a strong record for promoting internally
                  • Professional training and development: We are passionate about people and seeing them succeed
                  • We love innovation, a collaborative environment where idea sharing and thinking outside the box is encouraged
                    TOMRA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, disability, parental or pregnancy status, marriage and civil partnership, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Reasonable accommodations will be made to meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and will be provided as requested by candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
                    All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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