New Zealand Law Society - Senior Advisor Copyright and Licensing

Senior Advisor Copyright and Licensing

  • Interesting and innovative work protecting standards content and enabling new ways to access standards
  • Busy, hands on role interacting with customers and across teams
  • Flexible fun environment with work life balance being part of a specialist team
  • Salary $80,592-$96,482 

Calling an IP expert!

Standards New Zealand (SNZ) is New Zealand's leading developer of standards and standards-based solutions. We work closely with government, industry, consumer, and stakeholder groups to create and provide access to standards that shape and improve the lives of all New Zealanders.

We currently have an exciting opportunity to join our Commercial and Sectors team as Senior Advisor Copyright and Licensing.

The intellectual property (IP), particularly copyright, in standards is an extremely important and valuable asset to Standards New Zealand. Our approach to copyright and licensing is to protect the integrity of the standard information and also enable access. We are exploring innovative ways to license content and consider how our IP can work for us and we have a number of exciting ventures under way where we have opportunities to commercialise our IP.

What you will be doing?

You will be responsible for providing strategic value through effectively working with the wider team on new product development and managing any IP risks.  This involves looking for innovative ways to license content and thinking about how IP can work for us to enable access to standards. 

Key responsibilities include:

  • Facilitating and managing enquiries for access to the intellectual property held by the New Zealand Crown in New Zealand Standards and in standards developed by other standards organisations with which New Zealand has a copyright agreement.
  • Licensing third parties to copy or use the standards documents in whole or in part under copyright licence agreements (CLA).
  • Collecting fees for access and use and undertaking timely reviews to ensure copyright terms and conditions cease as specified.
  • Updating and amending existing licensing agreements as required
  • Supporting copyright agreements with the other national and international standards bodies.
  • Understanding the terms and conditions of use of all international contracts and regularly educating the Standards New Zealand team to enable them to perform their roles effectively.
  • Building and maintaining effective relationships and partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

Ideally, you will have a range of skills that will include:

  • Sound knowledge and demonstrated application of the Copyright Act 1994.
  • Demonstrated expertise and experience in handling complex matters relating to intellectual property, Crown copyright, monitoring compliance and dealing with non-compliance, including by prosecution.
  • Demonstrated competence in working with international organisations and related obligations would be useful
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly assimilate new information and areas of work.
  • Good communication skills – able to share knowledge clearly and work well in a team environment.
  • Law degree, ideally with a significant component of intellectual property law.

About MBIE:

MBIE's goal is to create a resilient and high-performing economy that delivers real and ongoing quality of life for all New Zealanders.

We do this by working with others to create an environment that supports businesses to be more productive and internationally competitive, enables all New Zealanders to participate in the economy through improved job opportunities and by working to ensure quality housing is more affordable.

People are at the heart of our mahi, our way of working is guided by our values which shape our behaviours.

  • Mahi Tahi – Better Together
  • Māia – Bold and brave
  • Pae Kahurangi – Build our Future
  • Pono Me Te Tika – Own It

Our aspirations are echoed in our Māori identity – Hīkina Whakatutuki – which broadly means ‘lifting to make successful'.

MBIE recognises the partnership founded under Te Tiriti o Waitangi between Māori and the Crown and is committed to giving effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi. We will do this through enduring, meaningful and effective partnerships with iwi, Māori, other Māori groups/organisations and the Crown, as this is critical to enable economic and social development, both for Māori and for wider Aotearoa New Zealand. We are committed to continuing to partner with iwi in order to find new sustainable solutions to address long standing systemic and cross-cutting issues facing Māori and wider Aotearoa New Zealand and we are also committed to identifying opportunities for iwi to lead and creating an enabling environment for iwi to leverage these opportunities.

E mōhio ana a Hīkina Whakatutuki i puea ake te kōtuinga I waenganui i a ngāi Māori me te Karauna i Te Tiriti o Waitangi, ā, kei te whai ia ki te whakaū ake i Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Mā te whai kiko o ngā kōtuinga ahungaroa o ngāi wi, o ngāi Māori, me ētahi atu rōpū Māori ki te Karauna, katutuki tēnei. He āhuatanga nui tēnei e āhei ai ngā mahi whanaketanga ā-ohanga, ā-pāpori hoki ki a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui. E whai tonu ana mātou ki te kōtui atu ki ngā iwi mō te rapu huarahi hou ki te whakaara i ngā kaupapakua roa nei e tāmi ana i a ngāi Māori me Aotearoa whānui, ā, e whai ana hoki ki te tautohu i ngā āheinga kōkiritanga mā ngā iwi, me te tautoko i ngā iwi kia whai mana ake ai ēnei āheinga.

How to apply:

All applications must be submitted via our online process.  Email Sarah Hutcheson at Sarah.Hutcheson@mbie.govt.nz quoting ref MBIE/5386 if you have any further questions.

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