Trademark Officer


Kapelle-op-den-Bos, BE

An introduction to Etex

At Etex, our purpose is to inspire new ways of living. By joining Etex, you won’t just be joining an international leader, you will inspire people around the world to build living spaces that are ever safer, more sustainable, smarter and beautiful. You’ll be joining a company who wants to inspire change.

We are committed to making a positive human impact on the world. In return, we’ll reward you by investing in your development and your personal well-being. Whilst our core values help us develop those effective and sustainable lightweight solutions we’re known for, it’s our people that matter most!

Our diverse and inclusive workforce always strives for excellence. We have over 100 years of experience manufacturing high-performance building solutions. Etex is a company that is committed to success - and when you join us, we’ll be committed to you.


About the role

Portfolio Management of Trademarks
You will be responsible for the in-house management  of all aspects of the trademark protection and defence with the support of the Trademark team , including:
- oversee all procedural aspects of our trademark registrations and maintenance in-house or with the support of external counsels
- manage trademark opposition, cancellation, litigation cases in-house or with the support of external counsels
- monitor existing and potential trademarks
- draft related legal documents and contracts
Advisory work
Support and advise the business in developing trademark strategies aligned with the business objectives, including trademark portfolio audits and optimization to improve cost efficiency. You will hence:
- advise on the trademark aspects of marketing new goods or services and their introduction into the market
- advise on the availability of new trademarks by carrying out national and international searches to see if the proposed trade mark is already in use
- advise internal clients about the countries in which to seek registration and the most cost-effective way of achieving this
- provide advice on various linked matters such as domain names, copyrights, design rights

About you

As Trademark Officer, you will be responsible for driving the in-house management of the trademark portfolio of the Etex Group and will provide strategic counselling in relation to trademarks but also domain names, copyrights, registered designs and licensing. You will build strong connections with the multiple stakeholders in the organisation worldwide (R&D, Marketing, Product Management, IT, Management, etc.) to harvest, secure, maintain and defend the relevant IP rights globally, and to design and implement IP strategies to advance Etex’s interests.

Your profile consists of :

Qualification as a European Trademark Attorney 
Law degree
Minimum 3-5 years of relevant experience
You are fluent in English, written as well as spoken. Knowledge of Dutch, French, German and/or Spanish are assets
You have strong communication skills, are a good listener and able to convince people
You feel comfortable to work with internal clients which are located off-site (i.e. with frequent contacts by phone or other communication channels)
You have a no-nonsense and hands-on attitude of working, with attention to detail
You have the ability to analyze complex situations and give clear guidance on trademark matters to management.
Proactive/anticipative thinker
Ability to work as part of a team
Attracted by the international scope of the function and the cultural differences which this may imply 


You will report to the Head of the Intellectual Property Service Centre and be part of the Trademark team which consists of two Paralegals and one Assistant.

Benefits of working at Etex

Our Social Responsibilities  

Etex has a clear commitment to help build a better, sustainable future. We work towards this vision by caring about our social and environmental impacts and working on innovative solutions for the building industry. 

Our ambition is to reduce negative effects and scale up positive impacts. We prioritise decarbonisation, including the use of renewable energy, as well as circularity, with a first focus on waste management.

We engage in a wide range of voluntary initiatives which offer support to local communities through partnerships and social projects. Our teammates know their local communities best, we are proud of the numerous projects and actions initiated around the world that are based on the awareness of their communities’ needs.


Commitment to diversity 

We’re incredibly proud of the community we’ve created at Etex. We form a global team of over 13,500 individuals from an enormous variety of backgrounds, races, faiths, and genders. Our diversity is our strength, and we are committed to ensuring that all of our teammates feel included and happy at work. 

If you require any additional support with your application, please do not hesitate to get in touch so that we can make arrangements for you.

Good luck with your application 

As you have seen, our Teammates mean the world to us, they enable us to Inspire Ways of Living. If this role appeals to you, click apply now and discover how a career at Etex will help you learn, grow and lead. We look forward to hearing from you.