Director, European IP Policy and Advocacy

Brussels, Belgium | Nokia

  • Industry:
    Information Technologies
  • Position Type:
  • Functions:
    General Management
    Legal / Compliance
  • Experience:
    12-15 years
Job Description:
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Nokia Technologies is focused on licensing Nokia intellectual property, including patents, technologies and the Nokia brand, building on Nokia’s continued innovation and decades of R&D leadership in technologies used in virtually all connected devices used today.

The Licensing Commercial Management team within Nokia Technologies coordinates all patent licensing programs and ensures consistency of valuation and position on licensing related legal and regulatory topics. IP Policy and Advocacy function in this team represents Nokia’s interests in all matters pertaining to the regulation of intellectual property (IP) worldwide, particularly regarding patents. Thus, we represent Nokia before bodies which regulate the use of patents including relevant governmental entities and standard setting organizations and related bodies. We monitor and influence the external IP environment. We formulate, align and deliver Nokia’s IP/SEP/FRAND positions and ensure that the relevant business is aware of changes in IP law, IP policy and standards bodies’ IPR rules.

IPPolicy and Advocacy team is supported by a network of approximately 40 people across Nokia.The IP Policy and Advocacy team’s outreach is implemented in close liaison with Nokia’s global Government Relations team. 

Our primary interfaces within the Patent Business are with the management team, Patenting, Licensing, and Research and more widely with Nokia’s Standards, Open Source, Government Relations, Communications and Legal & Compliance teams, in particular their IP, Litigation and Anti-trust teams.

Responsibilities & Competencies

You will be responsible for establishing relationships with key IP policymakers in the European Commission, the European Parliament and European member states.

You will ensure effective and consistent representation of Nokia positions and interests in front of the relevant European policymakers.

You will participate in various industry organizations designed to promote IP.

You will provide Nokia Technologies with current and future-looking guidance regarding European regulatory changes which implicate IP rights.

You will be recognized internally as our key advisor in the European IP regulatory area.

You will monitor relevant developments, internally and externally, and develop Nokia’s European IP regulatory strategies, operational framework and direction together with relevant stakeholders.

You will work on developing innovative strategies to protect the value of Nokia’s IP in a regulatory and policy context. This is done pro-actively with respect to near, mid-term and long-term challenges.

Anticipation of possible challenges within the IP landscape is a key aspect of this role in order to design and implement strategies as early as possible.

Externally, you will be recognized as a leader in the IP regulatory field having excellent networks with the relevant stakeholders.

In this role you have a leading role in communicating with substantial internal and external matrix networks. Thus, your ability to work with, coordinate and influence these networks will be key to your success.

You will work independently and are accountable for setting unit targets and operational results.

In your role as a leader your task is to ensure a motivating and inclusive environment and encourage innovation.

You are in a crucial position driving Nokia’s IP Regulatory strategy and need to take into account the IP regulatory landscape, Nokia’s licensing business, Nokia’s operating business, and trends in the telecom industry environment.

This position is based in Brussels.


In order to succeed in this exciting role, we expect you to have:

A keen understanding of Nokia’s operating business and of patent licensing.

A law degree, with 12+ years of relevant experience.

Extensive experience in European government or in IP regulatoryactivities.

Preferably, extensive knowledge of IP law, particularly in patent law, IP policy and the wider IP environment in Europe as well as familiarity with the current key IP policy issues especially around SEPs and FRAND.

Experience of formulating and delivering pro-IP messages.

Experience working with European policymakers.Preferably having established networks with influential European IP policymakers.

Knowledge in IP Anti-trust matters will be an advantage.

Networking skills both with internal colleagues and external counterparts.

Proven ability to develop relevant and creative solutions to meet current and evolving business needs.Recognised, leading authority in the field.

Excellent oral and written English communication skills including the ability to draft persuasive position papers.

Negotiation and influencing skills with a vast array of external stakeholders.

Ability to work effectively and lead in a virtual team.