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About the job

As a development-oriented and visionary company, Marel is looking for an experienced self-driven candidate within IP. If you are highly motivated by the prospect of playing an influential role in building a strong global IP organization, we challenge you to apply now for:

Patent Attorney


What’s the scope of the position?

Marel is looking for a Patent Attorney who can work in close cooperation with the innovation teams in order to support the Marel future innovation strategy.

Due to recent growth, we want to strengthen our In-house Patent team with a skilled and strong Patent Attorney. In this position you will have a decisive influence on strengthening the framework of our Global IP organisation. The Patent team is part of our Global Innovation organisation and you will achieve a profound knowledge of and insight into our product range and the R&D organization.

What you will be doing:

As Patent Attorney your main responsibility will be to manage a substantive part of the patent portfolio of Marel. Together with internal collaborators and external strategic partners, you will work on developing a global IP strategy. Globally, you will have 10 skilled and dedicated Patent colleagues. The job will be located in The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark or Iceland.

Main responsibilities:

  • Within the innovation group: Discussing inventions and processes with inventors and assess  their patentability
  • Patent surveillance, including monitoring competitor patent portfolio
  • Identification of inventions, patent application drafting, patent prosecution, drafting office action responses, managing a global patent portfolio relating to a technology
  • Working with patent attorneys worldwide in defending and enforcing patents
  • Conducting strategic IP due diligence, including analysing third-party patent portfolios to identify competitors and/or potential collabor­ators
  • Participate in opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO
  • Conducting freedom to operate studies
  • Contributing to build up a strong Global IP organisation within our global forum


  • You have gained intellectual property experience, either in industry or in private practice, preferably as a European or nationally qualified patent attorney. It will an advantage if you have technical competences in the field of engineering or in physics.
  • Profound understanding of scientific and technological principles and processes
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English. Sound knowledge of German, Dutch or Danish is definitely an advantage
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to communicate on all levels and across profession as well as express complex technical ideas in a clear and concise way, and to structure precise, coherent arguments
  • Attention to detail and analytically skilled, with instant progress and improvement in mind
  • Self-motivated and self-driven, wanting to develop yourself and your surroundings
  • You are a team player who enjoys bring a part of an international team, thereby contributing to the overall worldwide success of the company

**As a part of our Global IP team, there will be some travelling involved.**

We offer

An attractive and informal working climate in an international environment, where humor and fun are highly valued. The position gives/includes a lot and a variety of exciting challenges and possibilities for both professional and personal development on a global scale. We offer an exciting job with attractive benefits and considerable influence. All in an international atmosphere that supports the company’s vision and exhibits Marel’s core values Unity, Innovation and Excellence. We have a very good and healthy work/life balance and offer secondary benefits.


Are you interested in this challenging new position? Please apply via the Apply Button on our website and upload your resume, no later than Okt 1st. For more information about the position, contact Michiel Paes, Corporate Recruiter. 

To find out more about our organization, click on the button for our website.

About us

Marel is proud to be the global leader in advanced equipment, systems and services for the fish, meat, poultry and further processing industries. We are the only company in the world to offer complete, integrated systems for all four industries. In partnership with our customers we are transforming the way food is produced. Our vision is of a world where quality food is produced sustainably and affordably.

We operate in an exciting, rapidly growing market and our more than 5.500 employees work in an international environment that encourages open communication and free expression of ideas. The largest number of Marel employees is based in the Netherlands, followed by the United States, Iceland, Denmark and the United Kingdom. We spread out across the globe, in 30 locations. For further information, please see our website.

Handelstraat 3
Michiel Paes
+31 (0)623339422