GE European Patent Attorney (Europe) in London, Switzerland

Job Number



GE Global Operations

Business Segment

Global Operations Global Law & Policy

About Us

GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.

GE Global Operations is GE’s shared services organization. We deliver processes in every business and every region around the world. In Finance, Supply Chain, Tax, Commercial Operations, HR Operations, EHS, Enterprise Data and IT, we are simplifying the way we work to create better outcomes at lower cost for GE and our customers. We foster rewarding career opportunities that expand horizons, enhance skills, and maximize potential.

We strive to be the world’s best shared services operation, enabling GE's strategy by delivering for our customers, businesses, investors and employees.

GE is diversity. We aim to employ the worlds’ brightest minds to help us create an unlimited source of ideas and opportunities. We believe in hiring talented people of varied backgrounds, experiences and styles - people like you!

Posted Position Title

European Patent Attorney (Europe)

Career Level




Function Segment

Intellectual Property

Location(s) Where Opening Is Available Switzerland

United Kingdom


London, Baden (Switzerland)

Postal Code

W6 8BJ

Relocation Assistance


Role Summary/Purpose

The European Patent Attorney will partner with GE’s businesses and most specifically GE’s Power, Renewables and Grid Solutions businesses as well as an international team of GE attorneys and paraprofessionals, to develop and implement strategies for protecting the business’ inventions. The European team, currently comprises eleven patent attorneys and is part of GE’s Global Patent Operation, which has global offices in India, China, Europe, Japan and the US.

Essential Responsibilities

The Global Patent Operation (GPO) Europe is responsible for the filing and prosecution of patent applications in Europe that protect GE’s important digital/ industrial technologies and products. GPO Europe has an opening for a European Patent (EP) Attorney located either in Baden (Switzerland) or London (UK).

The EP Patent Attorney will prepare and prosecute priority and convention patent applications in Europe with a focus on European, UK, Swiss, and German cases depending on the candidate’s qualification and consistent with the defined strategy. Additionally, the EP Patent Attorney will prepare and execute defensive and offensive oppositions including representing GE at associated oral hearings.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Support a variety of patent activities for GE’s businesses. Provide advice to the businesses and counsel on a range of IP matters and issues, particularly in connection with European, UK, Swiss and German patent law and practice.

• Complete a large volume of patent filing and prosecution of European (and possibly UK, German and Swiss) patent applications to grant. Draft most important priority patent applications for the business partners to develop IP protection strategies for the key business digital-industrial technologies and products.

• Establish and maintain professional relations with the European and national patent offices and examiners.


• Qualified European Patent Attorney and preferably also qualified to work with either the Swiss, German or French patent office.

• Demonstrated ability to complete high quality patent related application preparation, prosecution and client counseling work in English and German languages. Basic, functional knowledge French, Spain or Italian is beneficial.

• Proven post qualification patent-related experience.

• Has earned an academic degree in Physics or Mechanical, Process, or Electrical Engineering.

• Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the field of power generation, distribution or transmission or turbo-machinery is most desirable.

• Experience preparing and executing opposition proceedings, including representing clients at hearings and appeals before the European Patent Office or national patent offices.

• Demonstrated working knowledge of applicable international, regional and national patent rules, regulations and practice.

• Experience working as a member of a patent team, and preferably as a member of a global patent team.

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. However, non-EU/EEA candidates may not be appointed to a post if a suitably qualified, experienced and skilled EU/EEA candidate is available to take up the post, as the employing body is unlikely, in these circumstances, to satisfy the Resident Labour Market Test. For further information please visit the UK Border Agency website