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Patent Attorney

Job Category:  Legal
Work Location:  Corbion Site
Office Location: 

Gorinchem, NL

Job Type:  Full Time
Job ID:  2797

At Corbion, we exist to champion preservation in all its forms, preserving food and food production, health, and our planet.



We are  looking for a EP patent attorney to support the IP department in Gorinchem and specialized in chemical process technology and polymer chemistry.

In this position, you will assist in securing, protecting and actively building the Intellectual Property position of Corbion. As our new colleague you will deal with a broad variation of IP topics ranging from typical Patent Attorney subjects like creation of Intellectual Property rights and ensuring freedom-to-operate to less typical Patent Attorney subjects like support in negotiations around IP in business deals and in strategic decisions around innovation and the direction hereof, mapping out competition and business opportunities and acting as a true business partner to sales, market and application development and R&D.

Will you join us in proactively creating Corbion's path for the future?




As our new colleague you will yourself and through the use of external patent and law firms be involved in drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications and the drafting of various opinions on patentability and risks assessments including opinions for (in)validity and freedom to operate. Other responsibilities:

  • Support in negotiations with third parties and in defining the IP principles to be put in the contracts
  • Support in monitoring and reporting on patent activities of competitors and customers through IP Watch
  • Creating organizational awareness on how to handle, secure and protect IP within the company through training of people and defining and implementing guidelines and IP policies
  • Patent portfolio management and reporting out to business and management
  • Assistance in defining and enforcing the Corporate IP Strategy and the various Business IP Strategies
  • Assistance in defining part of the Business Strategies and the Innovation/R&D Strategy
  • Be a business partner and participate in bridging IP with R&D, Sales, Regulatory, Legal and many more departments




We are looking for a Patent Attorney with technical expertise related to (preferably chemical) process or product technology and/or polymer chemistry. In addition, a successful candidate meets the following requirements:

  • MSc or PhD in Chemical Engineering, Life Science & Technology, or strongly related fields 
  • European Patent Attorney and preferably a Dutch patent attorney registration too
  • >10 years of experience in free practice or industry (preferred)
  • Able and willing to travel internationally and over-seas
  • Willing to work 3 to 4 days in the office in Gorinchem
  • Strong communication and social skills both on inventor level as on management level
  • The courage to work in a dynamic, opportunistic and sometimes very demanding high-stakes environment as the IP subject matters expert


About Corbion 

Corbion is the global market leader in lactic acid and its derivatives, and a leading supplier of emulsifiers, functional enzyme blends, minerals, vitamins, and algae ingredients. We use our unique expertise in fermentation and other processes to deliver sustainable solutions for the preservation of food and food production, health, and our planet. For over 100 years, we have been uncompromising in our commitment to safety, quality, innovation and performance. Drawing on our deep application and product knowledge, we work side-by-side with customers to make our cutting-edge technologies work for them. Our solutions help differentiate products in markets such as food, home & personal care, animal nutrition, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and bioplastics. In 2019, Corbion generated annual sales of € 976.4 million and had a workforce of 2.138 FTE. Corbion is listed on Euronext Amsterdam. For more information:


About Corbion 

What makes Corbion truly special is our talented global team of people, who are consciously dedicated to connecting the work we do together with the difference it makes in the lives of consumers, including our own friends and families. At Corbion, innovation is in our DNA; we explore, we discover, we create, and then we do it all over again, finding ever-better ways to help the world solve some of its most pressing challenges. When you come to Corbion, you will find that for us, sustainability is not simply a corporate program, it is at the very heart of our business, giving direction to our work, our investments and our creativity. We exist to preserve what matters.


As a company where day-to-day priorities and decisions are shaped by a shared purpose and vision, we enjoy a working environment energized by empowerment and opportunity. By joining Corbion, you can be part of :


  • A culture open to great ideas wherever they come from, and where your work can make a real difference in the world
  • An organization that values diversity of thought, background and experience
  • A company ready to invest in you, helping you grow toward your personal ambitions
  • A workplace that’s friendly and informal, while being focused and professional
  • An international team small enough to stay agile, but large and talented enough to make an impact today, and for future generations


Our corporate values – Collaboration, Care, Courage and Commitment – define what it takes to overcome obstacles and create the sustainable breakthroughs the world sorely needs. As a member of the Corbion team, you’ll see these values put into action every day, and you’ll have the chance to make your own unique contribution to our collective achievements.


Corbion does not accept unsolicited resumes from individual recruiters or third party recruiting agencies in response to job postings. No fee will be paid to third parties who submit unsolicited candidates directly to hiring managers. All candidates must be submitted by approved Corbion vendors who have been expressly requested to make a submission by our Talent Acquisition team for a specific job opening. No placement fees will be paid to any firm unless such a request has been made by the Corbion Talent Acquisition team and such candidate was submitted to the Corbion Talent Acquisition Team.

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