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Intellectual Property Counsel, Open Source Software

Have you been searching for a role where you can utilise and further hone your unique skill set? Are you struggling to feel challenged and become stifled in your current working environment? This role may be exactly what you have been looking for.

A US based leading provider of open source technology need a qualified patent attorney to help continue their IP team’s seamless blend of highly technical experience, specialised legal backgrounds and an enthusiasm and drive to help pioneer the next technological breakthrough.  

There is an energetic and fluid working environment where continuous contribution is encouraged and all members are seen as part of a collective goal. The IP issues you will be tackling will more than likely be unique to those you have encountered in the past.

You will be responsible for liaising with a number of different departments across the company and will provide legal advice on software licensing issues, in particular open source software and commercial licensing. You will be looked to for support on open source compliance and risk management, as well as for advice on relevant community and governmental projects and any arising Intellectual Property issues that may occur.

This role is seen as integral to the future development of the company and you will be given the chance to help steer its strategic direction as an advisor, advocate and innovator. There will be the opportunity to actively participate in the IP and wider open source legal community through attendance at conferences, writing for relevant publications and speaking at industry events.  

Ideal candidates will be US qualified patent attorneys, however those who are qualified elsewhere, have the relevant experience and are prepared to relocate to the US in the long term will also be considered. The role requires an attuned knowledge of software, in particular open source software, and experience advising on legal issues surrounding this subject.

 

Salary: Excellent
Location: US
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Foundation Level Trainee, Engineering/Electronics, £30-£35,000

This firm is able to offer you the security that is only afforded by a reputation built through years of impeccable service but with an approach that views the IP profession through fresh eyes.

They have been actively growing their team with additional members, as opposed to replacements, and are now in need of an experienced trainee to work within their Electronics or Engineering team (or both).

The close knit working environment will allow you to gain early experience in all patent duties, including the drafting and prosecution of European, British and PCT patent applications; representing clients at the European Patent Office; offering strategic advice and managing highly valuable IP portfolios. There will be the opportunity to travel to meet clients locally in the UK and overseas, in particular Japan and the US.

The Engineering and Electronics teams cover a wide range of technology, including display devices and touch screens, ink jet printer technology; wireless communication devices; pumps and compressors; medical devices; mobile device technology; sensing devices; music synthesisers; electrical circuit design; software; signal, data and image processing and encoding; semiconductors; solid state memories and disk drives; and printers and consumables.

Ideal candidates will have around a years’ experience in the profession and will completing/completed the Queen Mary course or similar, although those with 6 months’ experience plus will also be considered. 

Salary: £30-£35,000
Location: London
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Qualified Patent Attorney, Electronics, Partner/Partner Designate

Join an existing team with an excellent client portfolio who wish to expand their Partnership and offer opportunities to attorneys who are keen to help the practice develop organisationally.  You should have a superb academic pedigree, love the work of a patent attorney and be keen to share your knowledge with others. 

The firm hold an outstanding reputation in the industry born from years of providing excellent service to clients across the electronics and electrical; IT and software; engineering and manufacturingmaterials and metallurgy; medical devices; optics and semiconductors; and cleantech fields. 

There is some flexibility on technical specialism although you should be comfortable with work broadly within ‘electronics’.  You will likely enjoy mentoring people and certainly be comfortable speaking to clients, both old and new.  In the long term there is every chance that the position will develop to full equity Partnership, and given the profile of the role within the firm, that does seem to be reasonably likely.  The practice does not require a client following and will consider both existing Partners and those that covet Partnership. 

Salary: £90-£120,000
Location: South East
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Part or Newly Qualified Patent Attorney, Engineering

Join a firm with an extremely impressive heritage and be partnered with some of the most progressive and innovative companies in the world. 

You will be working closely with clients across the UK, Europe and around the world, protecting their current IP portfolio and helping them gain further commercial success through identifying new patentable areas of their business. The firm is highly commercially minded and adopts a refreshing approach to how the business is run, with input welcomed from all levels and the flexibility to change policy if it benefits them either financially or in favour of staff wellbeing.

The team has a wealth of experience born from time spent both in private practice and in-house, and works in a wide range of technological areas, including road, rail and marine; packaging; engineering materials; housing and construction; automotive; and medical devices. Ideal candidates will range from part qualified up to two years’ PQE. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: North
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Part/Qualified Patent Attorney, Engineering

The Advanced Engineering team at this firm is one of the largest in Europe and tackles intricate and highly valuable IP issues for clients across the full spectrum of engineering subject matter, including a leading manufacturer of construction equipment; a global automotive engineering consultancy; and one of the country’s biggest manufacturers of fresh food packaging.

You will have the opportunity to work with recognised and respected multinational conglomerates, as well as managing portfolios for start-ups and sole inventors, SMEs and academic institutions. The team has strong links with local and international industry organisations and encourages its attorneys to attend and contribute to conferences and networking events. It is hoped that candidates will have a strong academic background in engineering or a related discipline. 

Salary: Competitive
Location: Midlands
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Sales Coordination Assistant and Inside Sales

IP Sales Inc. is a subsidiary of Valipat S.A., a Belgium based provider of administrative services to attorneys and paralegals working in intellectual property (IP) law firms or IP departments of corporations.  Valipat assists these organizations to handle administrative processes related to examination and grant proceedings of IP rights worldwide, in particular with respect to PCT national stage entry and European patent validations.  IP Sales promotes and markets the services of Valipat in the USA.

IP Sales are recruiting a key developmental role to support their operation in the United States.  The position has a great deal of variety and is an opportunity to develop your career with a fast growing and exciting business.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the Vice President of Sales in the daily coordination of the work of the team in the USA as well as supporting him for the organization of marketing related projects
  • Providing support to the field sales team, working with them to plan the outreach strategy
  • Liaising with Valipat head office in Brussels, Belgium on various matters and projects
  • Undergoing an extensive training program in Chicago and Brussels, Belgium
  • Possibility of attending trade shows across the USA
  • Developing your knowledge of Valipat’s services
  • Recording all customer interactions in a CRM system
  • Approaching patent attorneys and their paralegals and administrative staff to stimulate interest in Valipat’s services and securing appointments for the field sales team through targeted, outbound calling and emailing
  • Contacting clients in the locality of any trade show or conference that the field sales team are attending

Ideal candidate attributes:

  • Self-driven, customer focused, team player with a positive attitude
  • Whilst it is not a requirement, knowledge of the legal industry, patents and intellectual property would be highly regarded
  • BA/BS degree with previous experience assisting field sales people would be preferable
  • Client focused, customer service driven individual who enjoys the challenge of some telesales

Training will be provided on-site in Chicago and in Belgium at Valipat’s headquarters in Brussels.  The chosen candidate will spend several weeks in Belgium undergoing training.  The position will be based on a 5 day working week with some flexibility required.

The remuneration for this position includes a fixed base salary, bonus, 10 days paid vacation, paid sick leave and assistance with private health care.

Salary: Competitive
Location: Chicago, Illinois
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Part Qualified/Finalist Patent Attorney, Electronics

This firm’s electronics department is in a fairly unusual position.  They are growing quickly but they still have room for individuality.  They have a broad scope of work mixed across international corporations, small and medium businesses and some highly complex cutting edge technology.  They can offer more breadth of experience than a typical patent attorney role, with the potential to be involved in much more contentious IP work and possibly commercial IP such as licensing.  They are small enough to be able to offer considerable flexibility in respect to how your career develops.  But then they are large enough to work with some very exciting projects and have an extensive base of international contacts. 

They have an excellent team and have actively recruited some of the best attorneys in London from some of their competitors.  They have really thought through how your role will develop, who you will be working with to gain a fully rounded experience and what your career will look like once you qualify.  Whilst their training will be excellent they will endeavour to give you exposure to work beyond the scope you initially need to ensure that you have the commercial skills required to build a client base of your own at some point in the future.   Culturally they are unlike the vast majority of London firms so if you want something quite different from your existing environment they will have a great deal to offer.

Salary: Negotiable
Location: London
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Nearly Qualified/Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

A leading firm with both a UK and European presence is growing their practice in the Midlands with an additional hire into their Trade Marks team. The firm has a relaxed approach to business, allowing their reputation and established client base to sustain their continued success, supplemented with local and international travel in order to build their varied portfolio even further.

This is a unique opportunity to become a key player in this firm’s future and benefit from guaranteed career progression as part of their succession planning. You will be working alongside extremely experienced Partners across a range of sectors, including construction, fashion and beauty, and software. Duties will include, but will not be limited to, advising on trade mark, domain name, validity and infringement matters; filing and prosecuting trade mark applications; maintaining your clients’ trade mark portfolios and identifying areas for further development; and  participating in oppositions, enforcement and other contentious matters.

There is a degree of flexibility in the level of candidate the firm will consider, with focus being placed on finding a motivated trade marks professional who is looking to be integral to the development of the firm they join. With this in mind, candidates who are nearing qualification up to those at Senior Associate level will be considered. 

You will take the lead on how your career develops, with as much (or as little) involvement from the Partners and other fee earners as you like. There is a generous flexitime policy, a substantial support system provided by a team of skilled paralegals and an extensive range of benefits to boot. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Midlands
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Operations Manager – Intellectual Property Recordals

Lead the Recordals Division for this innovative Brussels' based business.  Whilst you will have a thorough and extensive knowledge of the recordals process, you will also exhibit commercial skills.  You will enjoy the opportunity to manage people, work through a budget and provide considered creative solutions to clients as well as working with an extensive supplier base.  

We feel this role would suit a candidate with circa 5 years’ experience working within an IP recordals role (or a role with significant recordal work) for a private practice IP firm, an IP owner or a service provider to the IP sector.  However, you might also be a Patent Attorney considering a change of career or someone similar considering a move within IP but away from their current position.  Whilst you won’t necessarily be a computer super-user you will have a good level of familiarity with major software such as Microsoft Excel and certainly will not be afraid of adapting to new software products.  Much of the role will require diplomacy – you should enjoy talking to people, resolving issues and building a contact base (although this is by no means a sales role, being able to work with clients and maximise commercial opportunity would be highly beneficial).   You will necessarily be a highly organised person and love to implement new methodologies in order to streamline your team.  You will love getting the most from your team.  You will be directly responsible for two reports and you should be able to motivate them as well as be patient in developing their technical knowledge via a training programme that you will develop. 

As a key member of the organisation you will be instrumental in the development of this department and will be active in its promotion internally and externally which will require reporting to management and working with teams from other department on specific client projects.

This position is based in Brussels.   However, as the business operates internationally they would expect that you are able to communicate in English to a very high standard.  Other languages would be beneficial but are not required.  You will have considerable experience of recordal work (i.e. at least 50% of your current responsibilities should be focussed in this area) and will have excellent attention to detail.

 

 

Salary: To be discussed
Location: Brussels, Belgium
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Overseas Graduate Level Opportunity

Entering the IP profession can be tough, you might have applied to a lot of firms and received not much in the way of a positive response or you may have attended interviews in a very competitive environment and lost out.  We have an alternative solution.  We are currently recruiting an international position for a firm that will provide full training and relocation support for graduates from a discipline related to electronics or telecommunications. 

The career path is likely to be very different to a typical UK based trainee – with more of a focus on the commercial side of IP as well as the technical.  As a consequence, there’ll likely be some international travel and certainly a great deal of contact with your client base earlier in your career than expected. 

If you want to kick start your career but are also pining for a post degree bout of travelling then perhaps this is a way to combine the two.

Salary: £25,000
Location: International
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Nearly or Newly Qualified Patent Attorney, Chemistry

This is a pure chemistry position for a nearly or newly qualified patent attorney working with a portfolio that includes large pharmaceutical companies, consumer goods and innovative manufacturing businesses.  Given an internal restructure (no one has left but a gap has been created) this role will be supporting a Partner with increased responsibilities so you should enjoy a really varied workload both in respect to the size of the companies you will be dealing with and where they’re based. 

The firm likes strategic thinkers and encourages all of their attorneys to develop consultancy skills so they can more capably advise their clients.  The firm is very contemporary in its philosophy with 21st century practices and first-rate IT systems.  They are also very social and keen to incorporate new attorneys into the group ensuring that they feel at home.

Salary: Competitive
Location: London
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