Head of IP (Espoo, Finland. Temporarily remote)

IQM is the European leader in superconducting quantum computers, headquartered in Espoo, Finland. We have grown to 70+ employees and have established a subsidiary in Munich, Germany. We build quantum computers for research laboratories and supercomputing centers. For industrial customers, we deliver quantum advantage through our unique application-specific co-design approach.


We are looking for a visionary and productive Head of IP with strong experience in intellectual property (IP) to support our mission of expanding the frontier of scientific and technological progress.

What will I be doing?

  • Developing and implementing IP strategy in connection to business development strategy
  • Leading the patent review committee
  • Providing freedom-to-operate analyses, patent landscape analyses and related risk assessments
  • Monitoring IP of competitors, and conduct prior art searches
  • Managing IP litigation with regards to unregistered design, patent and trademark infringements
  • Providing legal opinions with appropriate business context
  • Anticipating and articulating IP-related issues to leaders
  • Conducting IP due diligence on business development opportunities
  • Reviewing of IP terms in non-disclosure, research, material transfer, partnership, licensing and service agreements

What skills do I need?

  • MSc degree in relevant field
  • Strategic thinking
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal, including relationship management, negotiation and presentation
  • Ability to see the big picture of both IP and business landscapes
  • Management skills in terms of the ability to multi-task, prioritize, set and meet deadlines
  • Excellent personal skills and ability to lead diverse teams

Nice to have

  • Technical background in physics or engineering
  • Experience in using trademarks in connection to brand building
  • German and/or Finnish communication skills

What I can expect from IQM

  • An important mission to work on with a passionate and diverse team
  • A unique opportunity to have a serious impact in a growing organization
  • Plenty of room to progress alongside the company

Please send your application before 30th of November, 2020.