Waters Corporation

  • Intellectual Property Counsel

    System ID
    Company Name
    Waters Division
    Job Locations
    Employment Type
    Regular Full-Time
    Job Location : Country (Full Name)
    United Kingdom
  • Company Description

    For over 50 years, Waters Corporation has developed innovative analytical science solutions to support customer discoveries, operations, performance, and regulatory compliance. Specifically, the company designs, manufactures, sells, and services high performance liquid chromatography, ultra performance liquid chromatography, and mass spectrometry technology systems and support products primarily in the United States, Europe, Japan, and Asia. Our innovations enable significant advancements within the pharmaceutical, life science, biochemical, industrial, food safety, environmental, academic and government industries. Waters is a publicly traded corporation (NYSE:WAT) with more than 6,500 employees and is represented in more than 100 countries around the world.




    Waters Wilmslow site is the largest site globally committed to the support and development of Mass Spectrometry systems. This fantastic site is designed to create and support connectivity and efficiency by enabling us to embrace more collaborative ways of working and focus more on customer needs, quality and continual improvement in the way we innovate and design our products and systems.  This site not only brings advantages that benefit our own employees, but also provides a high-tech center for customers. 


    A custom built Center of Excellence

    Driving innovation in the birthplace of Mass Spectrometry
    State of the art customer demonstration laboratories
    Investing in world changing research development and manufacturing
    Science in harmony with a sustainable world


    Waters is seeking an Intellectual Property Counsel to be based in our Wilmslow site. We are looking for a capable candidate who can represent the company in matters relating to intellectual property strategy, intellectual property law, and other general legal advice where required.  The position holder will also be providing legal counsel on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and other technology portfolio matters. If you are a self-motivated person who is capable of being an effective business partner and meeting business objectives in a timely and diligent manner, with limited supervisory oversight on work product, we would like to hear from you.


    • Primary point of contact for IP matters arising from Waters’ Wilmslow facility.
    • Advises the business on IP legal matters relating to the company, franchise or product teams, and business objectives.
    • Works with the commercial legal team on a variety of contracts and other areas as needed to ensure that intellectual property interests are protected.
    • Manages the IP portfolio for patent filings generated by the Wilmslow-based franchise or product teams, reviews and directs strategy for such prosecution matters.
    • Coordinates with the business and outside counsel to ensure that Waters’ interests are protected within a prescribed budget.
    • Provides legal counsel and support on intellectual property aspects of business development activities, including conducting due diligence, facilitating transfer of legal responsibilities, assisting and advising on other licensing-, acquisition- or divestiture-related issues as they arise.
    • Provides legal counsel and support on national and international litigation matters, patent office proceedings, trials, arbitration, mediation, or other dispute resolution proceedings.
    • Consults with outside counsel to provide advice in areas of outside counsel’s expertise.
    • Manages outside counsel spend within acceptable budgets.
    • Monitors and ensures compliance with Company policies.
    • Establishes and supports a work environment of continuous improvement.


    Basic Qualifications

    • Law degree
    • UK Chartered Patent Attorney
    • Strong academic and science/engineering background

    Nice to Have Qualifications

    • Substantial recent IP law experience
    • Engineering, physics, electrical, chemical, or biological science coursework and an aptitude for understanding high performance analytical test equipment
    • Law firm or in-house experience litigating, drafting, or prosecuting patent matters





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