IP Patent Attorney

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Date: Mar 31, 2024

Location: Zwevegem, BE

Company: Bekaert NV


Be part of something bigger!


As the world and the way people live is changing, at Bekaert we believe it’s our responsibility to contribute to finding new solutions for the future. Our ambition is to be the leading partner for shaping the way we live and move. And to always do this the Bekaert Way – safe, smart, and sustainable.

With a heritage of more than 140 years, we continue to strengthen our core competencies that have made Bekaert a global market and technology leader in material science of steel wire transformation and coating technologies. Today, we also apply our expertise beyond steel to create new solutions with innovative materials and services for markets including new mobility, low-carbon construction, and green energy.

As a dynamic and growing company with over 27,000 employees worldwide, 75 nationalities, a retention rate above 90% and almost € 7 billion in combined revenue in 2022, we're looking for someone like you to join our team!


Why join us?

  • Personal Growth – Let us help you unlock your full potential
  • Pioneering – Join us to challenge the impossible
  • Creativity - Discover possibilities beyond steel
  • Purpose – Drive progress for our planet and people
  • Diversity – Together, we create change





As an IP Patent Attorney you define and implement strategies for technology protection for a specific business area, advise internal customers and stake holders within and beyond your dedicated business and manage specific projects. 


About the role

Your Impact as IP Pattern Attorney:


  • You give valuable input for the overall group strategy on Intellectual Property protection and take up a leading role in the strategy definition and implementation within your own business/technology domain.

  • You come at Intellectual Property from a business angle and are keen to advise your business on how to best capture value.

  • You handle the drafting, application, prosecution, grant and enforcement procedures for IP rights (patents, utility models, designs, trademarks), while continuously focusing on the added value and relevance for the business.

  • You participate in complex due diligence projects, support the review of third-party rights and autonomously address potential Intellectual Property risks.

  • You advise in the preparation, negotiation and execution of IP protection aspects in contracts, including license agreements. 

  • You co-operate with lawyers worldwide for prosecution and enforcement, especially litigation cases in connection with infringement of Bekaerts  IP rights, and are able to defend autonomously our companies’ rights at the European Patent Office in München or in your local jurisdiction.

  • You are a qualified European Patent Attorney or national patent attorney with 10 to 15 year experience in the field of IP, preferably both in-house and in private practice.

  • You coach colleagues and employees on complex IP matters as well as related projects/issues.

  • You build an important and valuable network within the company across businesses, functions and geographies.



About You

Essential skills & competencies


  • You have at least a Masters degree in science or engineering is required to have a solid background as well as a full professional qualification as patent attorney, a law degree is certainly a plus.

  • You must be recognized as an authority in Intellectual Property matters, have a broad scope of experience and not be afraid to take on new matters to be able to provide valuable insights and recommendations.

  • You have a good sense of humour, excellent communication skills and you are critical for effectively conveying complex information to a variety of stakeholders.

  • Your commercial and leadership skills are also important to be able to navigate the business landscape and make informed decisions.

  • You analytical thinking is a must-have skill to assess complex legal, technical, and business information and make informed decisions.

  • Having an eye for the bigger picture and understanding the business implications of your work is important to provide strategic advice.

  • Attention to detail is critical in reviewing and drafting legal documents and analyzing complex patent claims.

  • Being hands-on and proactive in your approach to work will help you deliver high-quality outcomes and meet deadlines.

  • proficiency in English, any other language is a plus.




Will you dare to take the next step?


Join us to unlock your full potential AND have a true impact in pushing the boundaries of what is possible.

We're looking for individuals who are not afraid to take risks and explore new ideas. If you are passionate about personal growth and bringing your authentic self to work, we want you on our team!

At Bekaert, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


To learn more about us and our exciting career opportunities, visit Bekaert Careers

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