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IP Protection Advisor

City: Ottawa

Organizational Unit: National Programs and Business Services Branch 

Classification: RCO 

Tenure: Continuing 

Language Requirements: English



  • Linguistic profile: English
  • Location: Ottawa
  • Education: Updated requirements


*Applicants who have already applied do not need to resubmit their application.

The NRC Advantage



The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) is the Government of Canada's largest research organization supporting industrial innovation, the advancement of knowledge and technology development. We collaborate with over 70 colleges, universities and hospitals annually, work with 800 companies on their projects, and provide advice or funding to over 8000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) each year.


We bring together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. And now, we want to partner with you.  Let your expertise and inspirations make an impact by joining the NRC.


At NRC, we know diversity enables excellence in research and innovation. We are committed to a diverse and representative workforce, an open and inclusive work environment, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian innovation system. 


NRC welcomes all qualified applicants and encourages candidates to self-declare as members of the following designated employment equity groups: women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and persons with disabilities.


Please advise of any accommodation measures required to enable you to be assessed in a fair and equitable manner. They are available to all candidates for further assessment. Related information received will be addressed confidentially.

Your Challenge

Help bring research to life and drive your career forward with the National Research Council of Canada (NRC), Canada's largest research and technology organization.


We are looking for an IP Protection Advisor to support our National Programs and Business Services (NPBS) Branch. The IP Protection Advisor would be someone who shares our core values of Integrity, Excellence, Respect and Creativity.


The incumbent will be managing NRC’s intellectual property to extract maximum value. The IP Protection Advisor will be called upon to develop and implement diverse IP protection strategies to support the current and future needs of the organization. As part of this role, the IP Protection Advisor will prepare, file and, where applicable, prosecute provisional and formal patent applications including those under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).


This position reports to the Team Leader, IP Management. The incumbent is expected to provide guidance to the National Programs and Business Services Branch, researchers and managers with whom they collaborate. The position is within a team providing intellectual property strategy and protection services to research centers across NRC.


The work also includes the management of external contracts with patent agents/patenting agencies and the provision of advice to the research center clients on options available and suggested actions to be taken (including the management of protection costs).

The IP Advisor could also review and provide support in the negotiation and drafting of various agreements, including licence agreements, collaborative research agreements and research services agreements. 

The IP Advisor may also contribute to a variety of IP-related projects such as IP awareness initiatives.

Screening Criteria

Applicants must demonstrate within the content of their application that they meet the following screening criteria in order to be given further consideration as candidates:


A university degree in chemistry or a related field.


Registration as a Canadian Patent Agent. Registration, or eligibility and willingness to obtain registration as Patent Agent in the United States.


A law degree with membership in a legal bar will be considered an asset.


Registration as a Canadian Trademark Agent will be considered an asset.


For information on certificates and diplomas issued abroad, please see Degree equivalency

  • Significant and recent experience in reviewing invention disclosures.
  • Significant and recent experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in advanced science or engineering disciplines.
  • Significant and recent experience in communicating directly with inventors to define invention scope and range of application.
  • Significant and recent experience in advising clients on intellectual property protection options, strategy and related issues.
  • Significant practical experience in the hands-on application of expertise in the technical field of the applicant’s degree(s) would also be considered an asset.
  • Significant practical experience in the negotiation and drafting of licensing agreements, and IP-related provisions in collaboration agreements and research services agreements would also be considered an asset.
Condition of Employment

Secret (II)

Must be able to maintain professional registration as patent agent in Canada and in the U.S.

Assessment Criteria

Candidates will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria:

Technical Competencies
  • Advanced knowledge of the procedures involved in IP protection in Canada, the United States, Europe and via the PCT including the prosecution of patents, investigating validity of patents or other rights, and patent/literature searches is essential.
  • Solid knowledge of a broad range of engineering and scientific fields to the extent required to comprehend the scientific value and patentability of inventions.
  • Solid knowledge of Legislation, Regulations, case law, Rules and policies relevant to patents in Canada and the United States as well as International Agreements and International Organizations to which Canada is a signatory.
  • Basic knowledge of the markets for inventions and the financial and technical constraints affecting their commercialization.
  • Ability to develop and implement IP protection strategies.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment, and to prioritize workload in order to meet multiple deadlines.
  • Ability to assess, manage and mitigate risk in a business environment.
Behavioural Competencies
  • Management services - Client focus (Level 2)
  • Management services - Communication (Level 3)
  • Management services - Initiative (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Results orientation (Level 2)
  • Technology extension - Self-knowing and self-development (Level 3)
  • Technology extension - Teamwork (Level 2)
Competency Profile(s)

For this position, the NRC will evaluate candidates using the following competency profiles: Management ServicesTechnology Extension


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Relocation assistance will be determined in accordance with the NRC's directives.

Salary Range

This position is classified as a Research Council Officer (RCO), a group that is unique to the NRC. The RCO group uses a person-based classification system instead of the more common duties-based classification system. Candidates are remunerated based on their expertise, skill, outcomes and impacts of their previous work experience. The salary scale for this group is vast, from $52,854 to $149,416 per annum, which permits for employees of all levels from new graduates to world renowned experts to be fairly compensated for their contributions. 


  • In order to ensure a prompt and efficient processing of applications, candidates are encouraged to provide, along with their résumé, a detailed covering letter explaining how they meet each of the requirements of this position (education, experience, language requirements) by providing concrete examples. In addition, the candidate is encouraged to describe in detail when, where and how he/she gained the experience.
  • Travel may be required.
  • A pre-qualified list may be established for similar positions for a one year period.
  • NRC employees enjoy a wide-range of benefits including comprehensive health and dental plans, pension and insurance plans, vacation and other leave entitlements.
  • Preference will be given to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada. Please include citizenship information in your application.
  • The incumbent must adhere to safe workplace practices at all times.



Please direct your questions, with the requisition number (6976) to:


Telephone: 613-993-9173 

Closing Date: 13 September 2019 - 23:59 Eastern Time



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*If you are currently a term or continuing employee at NRC, please apply through the SuccessFactors Careers module from your NRC computer.


Date Modified: 2019-08-06

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