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Patent Prosecution Specialist

Date: 05-Aug-2022

Location: Melbourne, VIC, AU Brisbane, QLD, AU Sydney, NSW, AU Newcastle, NSW, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

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The Opportunity


  • ​​​Bring your knowledge of Patent Law and Practice to make a difference.
  • An exciting opportunity at the frontier of new science and innovation.
  • A vital role supporting CSIRO's Energy Business Unit.


CSIRO are seeking a Portfolio Manager/Patent Prosecution Specialist to contribute to the effective delivery of Intellectual Property (IP) services. You will be providing IP advice to internal and external stakeholders, filing patent applications and responding to IP prosecution activities. The role is aligned with the Energy Business Unit and the successful candidate will work closely with the IP Manager for Energy.


In this position, you will contribute to the design and implementation of compliance programs, risk management initiatives and other CSIRO wide projects aimed at improved IP management practises across CSIRO. You’ll be liaising with scientist’s working at the cutting edge of their fields so having a background and/or degree in science/engineering is a must this coupled with your strong understanding of Patent Law and Practice will see you well placed to join team CSIRO.


If you love the idea of making a difference and being involved in making the impossible possible, this could be the role for you!


Your duties will include:

  • Working as part of the Commercial team in building IP assets.
  • Engaging with Research Program Leaders and technical staff to manage IP assets.
  • Providing proactive specialist IP advice and support to internal stakeholders including key science teams.
  • Supporting ongoing development of improved IP internal education initiatives and training systems across the organisation.
  • Actively managing relationships with external clients, stakeholders and service providers, including external legal counsel and patent attorneys.
  • Promoting strategies to streamline engagement, where appropriate and legally prudent.
  • Assisting with IP administrative matters.
  • Other duties as directed to ensure the continued success of the IP function.


Location: Open to candidates in Brisbane QLD, Melbourne VIC or Sydney NSW

Salary: AU$102,724 - AU$111,165k per annum plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time.

Reference: 87843

To be considered you will need:

  • Registered Patent Attorney, near qualified/trainee patent attorney, IP portfolio manager or patent prosecution specialist with strong technical skills.
  • Degree qualifications in engineering or science (Chemistry).
  • Experience in the following areas: patent law and patent prosecution practice in Australia (knowledge of additional jurisdictions would be highly regarded), assessment of invention disclosures and reviewing technical documents, patent specifications and novelty searches with a view to identifying patentable material.
  • Demonstrated ability to show initiative and willingness to take on IP administration tasks.
  • Ability to work independently, providing pragmatic solutions in managing intellectual property and for complex problems.
  • A strong history of establishing and working effectively in teams, building trust and fostering effective internal and external client relationships.
  • Previous experience in an in-house IP management role.
  • A working knowledge of trademarks, confidential information, protection of know-how and trade secrets.
  • Knowledge of, or an interest in, emerging technical solutions for addressing the current challenges facing the Australian Energy market.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


Applications for this position are open to Australian Citizens, New Zealand Citizens and Australian Permanent Residents only.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

Sunday 21 August, 11:00pm AEST