Patent Portfolio Manager (Patent Attorney)

Job description

one.five is a biomaterials discovery and development company transforming material science solutions into radically better packaging for the FMCG space.

Their vision is to design eco-saving materials with data. By evaluating a technology’s likelihood of success in its earlier stages of development, they aim to reduce the time it traditionally takes to get a product to market. At the same time, they achieve market success by acting on the needs and wants of all critical stakeholder groups along the packaging value chain, such as packaging converters, brand owners, and local waste infrastructure.

Now, they are looking for someone who is able to gather and prioritise product requirements, define a product’s vision, and who can work closely with internal and external stakeholders to enable one.five to expand its patent portfolio. 

Your expected Results

  • Work alongside outside counsel to prepare, write and file applications for > 20 new products in all one.five target jurisdictions during your first year at the company.

  • Negotiate and close > 10 co-development and / or licence agreements with university or research institute partners to secure high-quality, strategic intellectual property assets, during your first year at the company.

  • Develop and implement a strategy for the licensing out of one.five-owned intellectual property, and draft a suite of template licence agreements for use across the business.

  • Act as liaison between the Product team and one.five’s outside counsel, to manage freedom to operate and novelty searches, white space analyses and application filings (up until grant) for patents across all one.five target jurisdictions.

  • Ensure that the business is able to identify and make use of the technology it requires without infringing on the rights of other persons.

  • Manage any patent invalidity actions or enforcement proceedings to ensure that one.five-owned technologies are defended and ultimately protected.


  • You are a registered patent attorney, qualified to practise in at least one of the European Patent Convention countries.

  • You have experience in formulating patent claims, drafting patent applications and filing those applications before the EPO or national IPOs.

  • You have a background in biology, chemistry, biochemistry, material science, chemical engineering or similar disciplines.

  • You have experience in intellectual property portfolio management, having worked previously either in-house or at a firm of patent attorneys.

  • You are open-minded and communicative, and work best when collaborating.

  • You enjoy working with cross-functional teams in remote/hybrid environments.

  • You are fluent in English.

  • You have a passion for sustainability and are willing to challenge team members’ and leadership’s decisions, if these do not represent the company’s commitment to sustainability.

The Offer

  • EUR 65,000 (gross) and (real!) shares in the company via participation in our bespoke, tax efficient share incentive scheme.

  • Self-determined annual leave, with >30 days per year per employee encouraged.

  • Pension top-up and payment of 50% of health care insurance contributions.

  • Flexible and remote working (from time zones of +/- 2h from CET), whilst offering a “home base” for all employees who would like one at our office and R&D campus: “The Yard” (Schleswig-Holstein, Germany).

  • Comprehensive relocation package, offered to all employees relocating to Germany.

  • Opportunity to join a successful startup early on and help build something impactful.

  • Work in an inspiring environment amongst a global team of passionate experts.

  • Coaching and career development support to help you grow with the company.

  • Voluntary membership to our Sustainable Development Committee, tasked with implementing sustainable development initiatives that go beyond our core business, and assessing and monitoring company culture.

one.five is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and is devoted to creating an inclusive experience for all.

They encourage all applications without regard to gender, nationality, race, religion, age, disability status, sexual orientation, marital status or any other dimension of diversity. However you express yourself, wherever you are from, they welcome your application for this position and wish you every success in your search.