Materials or Chemistry Patent Attorney


Information sur la société

Rio Tinto is a leading international mining group headquartered in the UK, combining Rio Tinto plc, a London-listed company, and Rio Tinto Limited, which is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange.

Rio Tinto’s business is finding, mining, and processing mineral resources. Major products are aluminium, copper, diamonds, energy (uranium), gold, industrial minerals (borax, titanium dioxide, salt, talc) and iron ore. Activities span the world but are strongly represented in Australia and North America with significant businesses in South America, Asia, Europe and southern Africa.

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The Intellectual Property team is responsible for the identification and management of Rio Tinto’s intellectual property.

The Global IP team is composed of patent agents and IP lawyers supporting the whole of the Rio Tinto Group. Members are based in RT’s 3 hubs: Montreal, Perth and Brisbane.

The Global IP team also supports:

  • Research & consultancy contracts and interface to Rio Tinto Procurement;
  • IP support for Rio Tinto legal;
  • IP support for Rio Tinto Procurement
  • Support on an “as needed” basis for other product groups .

In Canada, the IP team mainly supports Canadian operations and R&D and French R&D. These include mainly the Aluminum Group, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium and Iron Ore Company of Canada.


Description du poste

Fonction : Materials or Chemistry Patent Attorney

Secteur : Industrie

Région / Pays : Montréal / Canada

Lieu : Montréal

Reporting to the Senior Corporate Counsel, IP Legal and as part of the Intellectual Properly team, the Advisor will primarily support the Aluminum group, RTIT and IOC (and other product groups from time to time) and will have the following responsibilities:

Portfolio building

  • Review and evaluate new invention disclosures; recommend appropriate action to management.
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications for new inventions.
  • Manage law firms


  • Advise on trade secrets and draft trade secret protocols.
  • Raise IP awareness.
  • Train employees and managers in the areas of intellectual property issues and company policies.
  • Monitor intellectual property activity of competitors and advise management.
  • Perform fact gathering for right-to-use, infringement and validity opinions.
  • Create and assist in the implementation of IP strategies, including ascertaining the most appropriate forms of IP protection and pursuing protection of same.
  • Advise on IP issues
  • Conduct IP reviews


Profil du candidat


  • Academic background preferably in chemical engineering, materials or chemistry.
  • Canadian or European patent certification or equivalent.
  • A 5 years minimum experience in IP, gained in industry or private practice.
  • Bilingual (English, French)
  • Self-starter, excellent inter-personal and organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a team.


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