Patent Researcher (m/f/d)


Vienna, Austria


60k€ (jährlich)

Jan 6

Patent Researcher (m/f/d)

Job Number: 38421, City: Österreich, Graz

Job Number: 38421 
Group: Magna Corporate  
Division: Magna International Europe GmbH 
Job Type: Permanent/Regular 
Location: Graz, Sailauf 

Group Description 

At Magna, we create technology that disrupts the industry and solves big problems for consumers, our customers, and the world around us. We’re the only mobility technology company and supplier with complete expertise across the entire vehicle.

We are committed to quality and continuous improvement because our products impact millions of people every day. But we’re more than what we make. We are a group of entrepreneurial-minded people whose collective expertise gives us a competitive advantage. World Class Manufacturing is a journey and it’s our talented people who lead us on this journey.

Role Summary

To support or collaborate in research and development, the patent researcher works in the field of literature and patent research. 95 percent of the technical and scientific knowledge available worldwide can be found in patents or patent applications. The task of a patent searcher is to process this know-how for the company and the development departments, to make it available, and to evaluate it technically and legally. The patent searcher uses internal searches to process inquiries about the state of the art and product clearance tests as a basis for safeguarding and minimizing risks so that no patent-infringing products are developed or marketed. Through effective patent monitoring, infringing acts and erroneous developments can be avoided.

There is the possibility to also exercise these activities in our office in Graz (Austria), by arrangement and subject to availability of internal resources.

Key Responsibilities

Part of the job involves receiving inventions and analyzing them with regard to their novelty. For this purpose, the patent searcher contacts the inventors in order to understand the idea and to set up and carry out a novelty search in a search tool. The inventions come from all technical fields in which Magna is active. The search tool is web-based databases such as Clarivate et al. Another part of the activity is checking whether a product is free of third-party property rights. The so-called product clearance is carried out on the basis of a product definition, whereby the patent searcher independently develops a search strategy in cooperation with the respective Magna internal client. This search strategy is then implemented and queried in a search tool. The search results must be pre-filtered, i.e. read and evaluated. The search results are independently discussed by the patent searcher with the internal clients or the developers. The result of the process is a final report in which the results are summarized and filed.

Key Qualifications/Requirements
  • A patent engineer must be able to understand a wide variety of technical solutions. This is achieved by studying natural sciences or engineering at a university or university of applied sciences or by training as a patent engineer. The topics to be dealt with within the patent department suggest that an engineering degree with a focus on vehicle mechanics or vehicle electronics is advantageous. However, increasing digitalization also requires basic knowledge of control systems, regulations and software.
  • The patent searcher must be a service provider who is willing to work and engage in continuous learning. There must be a willingness to carefully analyze even very extensive search results. It is important to be able to reach a common opinion in discussions with specialist departments and clients. The patent searcher must be able to conduct searches in German as well as in English and to discuss them. A good technical understanding as well as the ability to prepare for a new topic in a short time frame are also required.
  • Work experience is desirable if it extends to patent research. However, it is not a prerequisite for filling the position.
Work Environment

For dedicated and motivated employees, we offer an interesting and diversified job within a dynamic global team together with the individual and functional development in a professional environment of a global acting business. Fair treatment and a sense of responsibility towards employees are the principle of the Magna culture. We strive to offer an inspiring and motivating work environment. We offer attractive benefits (e.g. employee profit participation program) and a salary which is in line with market conditions depending on your skills and experience.

We offer a min gross salary of 60.000,-- Euro per year for a full time employment for this position depending on qualification and experience.

If you are interested in this position, we are looking forward to your application.


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