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Intellectual Property (IP) Manager

Job title: Intellectual Property (IP) Manager

Location: Cambridge, UK.

Company: Sphere Fluidics Limited


Job Type: Full-time | Permanent

Closing date for applications: 19th November 2021

Sphere Fluidics Limited is a rapidly growing Life Sciences company based in Cambridge, UK. The company is developing innovative engineering solutions and chemistries for use in novel microfluidic-based instruments for single cell characterization and selection.

We are now looking to recruit an experienced and highly motivated Intellectual Property (IP) Manager. The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team, and play a key role in development and maintenance of IP and related matters of the Company.

Key duties include:

  • Responsible for development, maintenance and growth of the Company’s IP portfolio.
  • Review patents and assist in IP landscaping in the areas related to the Company’s technology and business.
  • Help to create and regularly update Free-to-Operate (FTO) reports by monitoring new patent filing, patent grant and expiry in the areas related to the Company’s technology and business.
  • Review Record-of-Inventions (ROIs) and assist in novelty and patentability assessment.
  • Interact effectively with the R&D team, Business Development and external Legal and Patent Attorney firms.
  • Support the Company’s patent application and Trademark registration.
  • Maintain the Company’s record of Trade Secrets.
  • Help patent due diligence on competitive science, technology, and intellectual property.
  • Search and assess new IP of potential use to the Company.
  • Support Business Development with in-licensing and out-licensing matters.
  • Manage the recording of new ideas that may be patentable by the Company.
  • Coordinate the filing of intellectual property and any Reduction to Practice.
  • Coordinate FTO patent searches required by the Company.
  • Collaborating with scientists to ensure that innovation is appropriately documented and captured.
  • Other ad hoc duties as required to ensure adequate protection of the company’s Intellectual Property.

Required qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • Experience in a similar Patent/Intellectual Property Manager role is essential.
  • Fluent in English
  • Excellent written and verbal communications.
  • The ability to work within a set timeline and deliver tasks on time is essential.
  • The ability to work both independently and collaboratively is essential.
  • Ability to multitask and excellent attention to detail.
  • Effective team coordinator and team player.
  • Being comfortable in a fast-paced environment with a high degree of autonomy and accountability.

The successful candidate will work in a multi-disciplinary team and should be enthusiastic with excellent team-working and communication skills. If interested, please apply with your CV and cover letter.

All Sphere Fluidics employees are given an employment package including: competitive salary; employee share options; life insurance and auto enrolled in to the Aviva Pension Scheme. Each employee is also encouraged to develop an annual development plan, including SMART objectives and training needs, as part of their career development.


The closing date for applications for this position is Friday 19th November 2021.