Position Description

Intellectual Property Specialist
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Reporting to the Intellectual Property Operations Manager, the primary purpose of the Intellectual Property Specialist is to enable the creation and day-to-day implementation of the CNL IP Plans as applied to CNL’s diverse lines of business.  These plans arise by integrating business, R&D and legal perspectives to ensure that CNL adequately protects AECL’s intellectual property and meets its obligations under the IP License Agreement.


  • Work with the IPO Manager, business and R&D lines to create and implement plans consistent with overall IP Strategy and Policy
  • Work across the organization to identify and assess invention disclosures,  manage the IP protection decision-making processes, support the commercial exploitation of IP and drive interest and engagement in protecting innovation across the organization 
  • Work with external legal counsel to prepare and prosecute patent applications, including transforming invention reports into full patent applications, complete with necessary figures and diagrams.
  • Carry out patent Freedom to Operate studies for CNL’s commercial activities in identified areas of concern
  • Map, understand and manage IP rights arising within or accessed by CNL, be they owned, licensed or belonging to a third party
  • Conduct prior art and white space research including web, patent, and literature searches in order to assess the patentability of CNL’s inventions.
  • Develop and present education materials and programs on CNL IP Policy, invention disclosure submission and the IP management process for CNL employees.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, computer science, physics, chemistry or a related field.
  • At least five (5) years overall experience in intellectual property identification and protection.
  • Competent in using patent search tools for freedom to operate, patentability and landscape analysis
  • Experience in an R&D environment would be a strong bonus
  • Patent agent or willingness to pursue patent agent status would be a strong bonus
  • Excellent organizational, administrative and communication skills
  • Ability to synthesize technical knowledge and translate it into the language of intellectual property protection and exploitation
  • Ability to effectively work with internal and external staff, senior managers, industry representatives, sponsors and legal counsel
  • Skills in technical writing


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