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IQM is the European leader in superconducting quantum computers, found in Espoo, Finland. Since 2019, we have grown to 200 employees and have established subsidiaries in Germany, Spain, and France. We build quantum computers for research laboratories and supercomputing centers. For industrial customers, we deliver quantum advantage through our unique application-specific co-design approach.

We build world-leading quantum computers for the well-being of humankind now and for the future.


We are looking for a cooperative, outgoing, and solution-oriented IP Risk Manager with experience in ensuring freedom to operate and IP generation to support our mission of expanding the frontier of scientific and technological progress.

What will I be doing?

  • Engaging with IQM engineers to grasp IQM technology concepts, digest the concepts into adequate search terms, conducting state-of-the-art and/or freedom-to-operate searches with commercial patent search databases, and assessing their relevancy to IQM technologies together with IQM engineers.
  • Actively ensuring that IP risks are mitigated according to IQM IP risk process in IQM projects.
  • Monitoring and analyzing third-party patents and coordinating together with IQM’s external patent attorneys potential third-party observations, oppositions, claim charting, and legal opinions.
  • Searching and analyzing industry and/or market data to assess IQM’s patent portfolio’s value.
  • Generating insightful reports from a wide range of information and data and the ability to present clear conclusions.
  • Conducting preliminary prior art searches, patent landscape and freedom-to-operate studies.
  • Organizing IP workshops and increasing IP awareness within the organization.
  • In the IP team, you would also be part of evaluating the patentability of inventions, coordinating with IQM’s external patent attorneys drafting and prosecuting of patent applications.

What skills do I need?

  • Strong scientific or engineering background in physics and/or electrical engineering and/or software or algorithm field.
  • At least a couple of years of experience in patents or IP, for example, conducting patent searches, IP risk mitigation and ensuring freedom to operate.
  • Experience in using patent search databases
  • Good social skills and Intercultural awareness.
  • Fluent English communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Ability to work in a dynamic cross-border team.
  • Ability to work in a solution- and business-oriented manner.
  • Meticulous attention to detail and eager to learn new concepts.

What is seen as beneficial?

  • Previous experience as a patent examiner or in-house patent engineer/IP Manager
  • Knowledge in quantum computation and superconducting qubits and/or quantum algorithms
  • Knowledge of SW patents and patenting of computer-implemented inventions
  • Previous knowledge about Standard Essential Patents (SEPs)
  • Experience in claim charting
  • Qualification as a Finnish and/or European Patent Attorney or willingness to get the qualification with tutoring provided by a competent in-house European Patent Attorney
  • Eager to learn new concepts

    What I can expect from IQM

    • An excellent opportunity to collaborate on world-class R&D and cutting-edge technology
    • An opportunity to work with a passionate and diverse company on a critical mission
    • A unique opportunity to make a real impact on the future of quantum
    • Growth and progress in a creative and open start-up environment
    • Team with a relaxed and cozy atmosphere

    Meet our people and hear more about IQM by visiting our Youtube channel here >>

    We accept applications until February 19th. You can send your application through the IQM career page.


    Perks and benefits

    This job comes with several perks and benefits

    Flexible working hours
    Flexible working hours

    Time is precious. Make it count. Morning person or night owl, this job is for you.

    Free coffee / tea
    Free coffee / tea

    Get your caffeine fix to get you started and keep you going.

    Near public transit
    Near public transit

    Easy access and treehugger friendly workplace.

    Free office snacks
    Free office snacks

    Peckish after lunch? We got your back with soft drinks, treats and fruit.

    New tech gear
    New tech gear

    Are you a true Tech Savvy? Macbook, trackpad, you name it, we get you covered.


    Strengthen your body with office yoga and handstands or leave your body in good hands by our masseuse.

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    Working at
    IQM Quantum Computers

    IQM is a Pan-European leader in quantum computers. IQM provides on-site quantum computing for research labs and supercomputing data centers and offers full access to its hardware. For industrial customers, IQM delivers the quantum advantage through a unique application-specific co-design approach. IQM is building Finland’s first commercial 54-qubit quantum computer with VTT, and an IQM-led consortium (Q-Exa) is building a quantum computer in Germany that will be integrated into an HPC supercomputer to create an accelerator for future scientific research. IQM has offices in Espoo, Munich, Madrid and Paris, and employs over 190 people. More information:

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