Job title
Chemical patent attorney, in-house

Chemical patent attorney – Infineum UK Ltd

An opportunity has arisen for a commercially-minded patent attorney with a strong chemistry background to join the Law Department of Infineum at its global R&D headquarters, south of Oxford in the UK. 

The successful candidate will join a small, experienced team of in-house US, UK and European patent attorneys and administrators in providing a full IP service to the Infineum businesses. As an integral member of the Law Department, involvement in a range of in-house departmental and corporate initiatives can also be anticipated.

Infineum’s global research and development activity into additives for lubricants, fuels and other specialty fluids has undergone significant growth in recent years. With a large scientific client base, you can expect to work closely with technical colleagues in identifying and developing new patenting. Original patent drafting is an expected activity, and you will need to be perceptive and creative to see and define the IP opportunities arising within technical projects. 

The working philosophy of the Infineum Law Department is to handle its patent matters in-house wherever possible. Current patent attorneys conduct their own proceedings before the USPTO and EPO Appeal Boards, and across the department there is a depth of experience in contentious matters, including patent litigation in the UK, US and Asia-Pacific regions. Validity challenges arise regularly in the areas of chemical practice relevant to Infineum, and knowledgeable experience in handling post-grant review proceedings such as IPRs in the US, and/or oppositions in Europe and Japan, will be advantageous.

Above all, you will be willing to work collaboratively with new legal, technical and commercial colleagues, and to adapt to the cultural diversity of a global business. Those equipped and motivated to help scientists see the possibilities in their research, tease out the nuances in their opponent’s tactics, and plot a safe path through a challenging risk environment are likely to find this opportunity most rewarding.

If this sounds like you, please get in touch. 

Richard Hart (

Jessica Roberts (

Posted date
9 March - 10 April 2018
Richard Hart or Jessica Roberts
Company Details
Infineum is a world leader in the formulation, manufacturing and marketing of petroleum additives for lubricants and fuels.
  • UK: South East