Patent Searcher

£25,000 - £32,000 per annum + bonus + pension + 27 days holiday + free on-site gym

Malmesbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom


The Patent Searcher is a vital resource for the business in ensuring responses to search requests from the engineering department are actioned in a quick and efficient manner. The number of searches undertaken by the team has seen a huge increase; 2015 resulted in the highest number of search requests ever recorded. As Dyson continues to evolve with new product and technology areas the demand for our services will grow.

Dyson Overview

Things move quickly at Dyson. In twenty years, what began with one man and one idea has grown into a global technology company, with 6,000 people and a presence in over 70 countries. From Malmesbury to Malaysia to the US to Australasia and many countries in between, we’ve sold over 80 million machines.

Market Overview

The building is the heartbeat of Dyson. Nearly 2,000 people, including James himself, spend their days strategizing, inventing technology and telling the Dyson story to the world. In 2017, our HQ will double its footprint with an ambitious new expansion.

Function Overview

Dyson learnt an early lesson in the value of legal might, winning a gruelling battle against Hoover when it infringed our early cyclone technology patents. Since then, our multi award winning IP team has fought off infringers from all corners of the globe, doggedly protecting our ideas and technology. It’s a constant battle of whack-a-mole; as we win one case, another infringer pops up. Forget attention to detail – our team have eyes in the back of their heads and ears to the ground in every market. Working closely with Dyson engineers from the very conception of ideas, they make sure we’re able to rigidly protect Dyson’s lifeblood: our technology.


  • Provide a patent and technical information searching capability to the RDD and IP departments
  • Meeting with RDD/IP attorneys to determine the need/scope of a search/watch
  • Developing strategies to interrogate relevant databases
  • Evaluating potential relevance of patents/other sources of information
  • Reporting results in an appropriate format to RDD/attorneys


  • Graduate in a (physical) science or engineering discipline

  • Previous experience in conducting patent searches is essential

  • Experience conducting searches for consumer/electrical products ideally in the following categories: vacuum cleaners, hair-dryers, hand-dryers, motors, environmental control (e.g. fans/heaters/humidifiers/purifiers), energy storage, robots, lighting

  • Ability to formulate and define own search strategies and evaluate the results for relevance

  • Wide experience conducting: patentability, freedom-to-operate and validity searches using a range of patent, design and non-patent literature sources

  • Experience performing competitor technology watches and patent status monitoring

  • Expert knowledge of and experience with commercial patent databases, either PatBase or Orbit

  • Understanding of the patent system

Closing date for all applications is Monday 24th April

Benefits Overview

Dyson monitors the market to ensure competitive salaries and pension contributions. Beyond that, you’ll also enjoy a profit-related bonus, generous leave and life insurance. But financial benefits are only the start of a Dyson career. Rapid professional growth, leadership development and new opportunities abound, driven by regular reviews and dynamic workshops. And with a vibrant culture, flexible working hours, the latest devices and a relaxed dress code reflecting our engineering spirit, it’s an exciting team environment geared to creativity, innovation and ambition.

Posted: 27-Mar-2017