IP Counsel (In-house legal team)

London /
Professional Services – Legal /
/ Hybrid
In this role you will be the principal IP Counsel for our software business. With market leading positions and products in each of our deep scientific areas, and in some cases holding a first mover advantage, our strategy is to build tools and products with an absolute focus on real world application. Using our proprietary IP to add value globally in the development of quantum computing.
You will be instrumental in managing and developing our patent portfolio and developing our IP strategy.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside best minds and well-respected scientists within the quantum industry, as well as our in-house legal team in the UK and US. You will be an experienced and capable IP Lawyer, with good working knowledge of IP, who is prepared to be hands-on and eager to make your mark and help shape the future of Quantinuum.

Key Responsibilities:

    • Managing the company’s patent portfolio and advising the business on any IP issues
    • Assist in developing the IP strategy as the business grows
    • Drafting and managing the prosecution of patent applications in key markets including the UK, US, EU, Japan
    • Working with our scientific teams to identify and harvest core inventive concepts in their work
    • Establishing and running a patent review committee
    • Patent landscape work, including monitoring of the competitive landscape and trends in the quantum sector
    • Strengthening operational measures to detect third party IP infringement
    • Implementing IP protection and enforcement mechanisms
    • Evaluating the strength of existing patents in a technical field of interest to Quantinuum
    • Performing Freedom to Operate exercises

Key Requirements:

    • Qualified in the UK or US (qualifications from other common law jurisdictions may be considered)
    • Registered as a UK Patent Lawyer
    • Minimum 8 years PQE, as a UK Patent Lawyer working in-house within a scientific, software or technology company or in the IP department of a private law practise
    • Cross border patent IT, software and technology licensing contracts experience
    • Experience in IP portfolio management and IP contract negotiation
    • Proficient in advising senior management on legal matters, risk and strategic issues
    • Excellent organisational, negotiation, drafting and communication skills (written and oral articulation)

Desirable Skills:

    • A degree in STEM related subject from a recognised university
    • Fluency in German or French or Japanese would be a bonus
    • Fluency with IP management systems
    • Experience in export compliance would be viewed favourably
What is in it for you?
Working alongside a highly talented team, with leading names in the quantum computing industry. We offer a highly competitive package, equity, 28 days of paid holiday (in addition to public holidays), a workplace pension, a positive approach to flexible working and enhanced parental and adoption benefits.

About Us:

Science Led and Enterprise Driven. 

Our team of scientists is leading the way in the development of quantum computing. The world’s largest integrated quantum computing company, we united Cambridge Quantum’s advanced software development with Honeywell Quantum Solutions’ high-fidelity hardware to accelerate quantum computing. With full-stack technology, we’re scaling quantum computing and developing applications to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. We could be even better with you!

At Quantinuum, we believe quantum information systems will revolutionize the way we work and live. We are leading the way by helping our customers develop quantum-enabled solutions that provide a competitive-edge in their markets. We’re hiring the world’s best talent to make it happen. Join us! 

Please note that employment with us is subject to successfully passing our pre-employment screening checks. We are an inclusive equal opportunity employer. You will be considered without regard to age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, nationality, sex, or veteran status.