National Occupational Standard for Intellectual Property Officer

Definition of Occupation

The Intellectual Property Officer (IP Officer) is responsible for the IP portfolio of a company. They may register trademarks, draft and prosecute patents, register copyrights, assist in defending intellectual property, guard trade secrets, and decide whether to patent inventions and technology. They use their scientific and legal knowledge to work with legal and business development departments, inventors, and technology transfer offices in order to negotiate and draft agreements as well as to ensure that contractual obligations are met.

The IP Officer must have experience in patent law, expertise in one or more scientific disciplines, and proficiency in analyzing their companies’ and competitors’ inventions to maximize the potential investment and financial success (e.g., ROI from patents) of their employers or clients.

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