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We are representing a medium sized practice with an opportunity for a patent attorney with a background in chemistry. The role would suit someone who would rather work across a variety of subject areas and not be focused on one area alone. The firm will encourage fast development of a well-rounded commercial and legal abilities with the goal of allowing these to help a successful attorney progress through the firm very quickly. The Partners are deliberately recruiting into a demographic gap which means that whilst there are attorneys who will be both further and less far in their career than the person joining the practice in this role, there will be no internal competition impeding progression. The aims of everyone will be aligned such that earning potential achieved by rapid promotion is highly likely.
Key selling points of the role include:
The ideal candidate will be a patent attorney at finalist level due to qualify in 2017 or 2018; however candidates from two years' experience in total (who have passed foundation level/certificate in IP) to two years' post qualified experience will also be highly regarded.
For those not yet qualified, there is significant training support including both in-house and (fully funded) external tutorials.
UK qualified IP lawyer required for a specialist IP firm. Candidates from newly qualified solicitors up to circa 2 years’ post qualified experience will be ideal. The practice is very broad and likely to include patent and trade mark litigation, as well as some non contentious Intellectual Property matters. Typical clients could range from large engineering and technology companies, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry. The practice is a small tight knit group with considerable expertise, including a mix of barristers, solicitors and patent attorneys with a great deal of international and UK experience. They are great group of people to learn from and develop your skills, and you will be given a great deal of autonomy from day one. The firm encourages a healthy work life balance and is market competitive on remuneration.
Ideal candidates will have experience of dispute resolution, and some IP law experience is essential. An academic background in a scientific discipline will be highly regarded but is certainly not essential.
This company is relatively new to the IP formalities space, however their passion and drive for the industry has seen them go from strength to strength and they are now looking to support their growing infrastructure with the appointment of a senior management team.
The primary function of the business is to ensure the complete and ongoing protection of the Intellectual Property of some of the world’s most inventive minds, through the continual monitoring and analysis of legal and industry developments across the world. You will be responsible for heading up the team in charge of safeguarding this service, becoming accustomed with the many legal jurisdictions in which your clients operate and identifying any changes that have/may occur.
The role calls for an incredibly scientific mind, with the ability to effectively interpret shifts in regulations and translate this data in a way that will ultimately benefit your clients’ IP. You will also work closely with the in-house software development team on imbedding the up to date definitions into the company’s technology platform. No prior legal experience is required, however it is hoped you will be highly organised and have a background managing a team with a significant level of responsibility.
The company ethos is very much centred on collaborative working, with each member of the team encouraged to impart their enthusiasm and knowledge in order to help grow the business, and develop their own career, further. They offer some rather creative work perks and are not restricted when it comes to rewarding their employees’ commitment and success. This is an exciting time to join, with a detailed and determined business model all but guaranteeing the company’s success to grow in years to come.
Join this IP formalities service provider as they move into the next phase of their development and become a key member of their aspiring management team. They require a personable and passionate professional to represent and communicate their brand to their suppliers, and ensure that they have all the tools necessary in order to deliver the best possible results.
The company works closely with filing agents and translators across the world, requiring you to become accustomed with differing cultures and time zones, as well as some travel from time to time. You will be required to manage the ongoing relationships between the company and said suppliers, as well as smoothly integrating new suppliers and ensuring that all internal and external procedures work in parallel with each other. Strong negotiation skills will be necessary in order to discuss and agree upon rates and actions that ultimately benefit the company, as well as the supplier, and the ability to absorb and communicate the overall vision of the business and its ethos is extremely important.
Ideal candidates will have experience managing relationships with external third parties and will be extremely passionate about furthering their career and the future of the business they represent. Prior knowledge of Intellectual Property will be beneficial, but is not a prerequisite to apply.
Become the advocate behind this pioneering company’s service offering and help grow their business during their current booming development phase and into the future. The company in question is well known in the IP formalities space, offering unrivalled solutions in validations and renewals to their clients across the globe.
This role will require you to immerse yourself in the established product portfolio and liaise closely with the senior management team to ensure that the services truly reflect the vision and ethos of the company. You will be expected to monitor industry trends and listen to client wants in order to identify areas in which the portfolio can be further developed to offer new services and service extensions.
You will also act as a port of call for all escalated client enquiries in relation to their respective service packages, as well as managing all client satisfaction requirements in partnership with the Client Account Managers. In depth product demonstrations will also be required in order to help integrate new clients, as well as extensive travel beng necessary from time to time.
It is hoped that candidates will have a background in (or some familiarity with) technology; although a demonstrable ability to assimilate new forms of technology will also be ideal. The company prides itself on its passionate outlook on the industry and is keen to emulate this notion in their employees, and can reward those who do handsomely.
A market leading IP formalities provider is undergoing an exciting period of internal restructuring, and is in need of an analytical mind to join their newly formed mid-level management team. The company is proud to do things a little differently, with inventive working practices and a truly inspired and passionate ethos.
The services they offer ensure that the Intellectual Property of some of the world’s most innovative minds remains reflective of the latest industry and legal developments, guaranteeing its full and continual protection. This dedicated service is achieved through the constant monitoring and analysis of the ever evolving legal regulations in countries across the globe.
You will be integral to safeguarding this service; immersing yourself in the vast array of jurisdictions in which your clients operate, and understanding and predicting any changes that may occur. You will need to possess a deeply forensic mind capable of recognising trends and identifying developments before and as they happen, as well correctly interpreting deadlines and rules in relation to your clients’ IP. You will then be required to logically communicate this information to the internal software development team who will build the revised legal requirements into the in-house technology platform. No prior legal experience is necessary, however it is hoped you will have a background working in a highly organised and systematic environment.
This really is an inspiriting time for the business, with a scalable business model in place that ensures there are real opportunities for you to progress in your career and take on additional management and supervisory responsibilities in the future.
As a direct result of past, current and expected business growth Swindell & Pearson is recruiting for a future Registered Director and Shareholder (equiv. Equity Partner). The initial role of IP Director is a springboard to equity with a one or two year time frame. The firm’s strategic plan is to expand its breadth of ownership and this recruitment is part of that plan.
The culture at Swindell & Pearson would suit someone who enjoys being given the freedom to develop their own client portfolio, but who is not a lone wolf; someone who is willing and able to contribute ideas and effort to the improvement of a firm that consistently delivers high quality work. This will most likely include successful client development but may also include training and fee earner development or contributing to infrastructural changes as the firm continues to grow.
Swindell & Pearson’s clients include some of the world’s foremost multinational companies, SMEs, academic institutions, government agencies and individuals. Both UK and international in nature the work includes obtaining protection worldwide, portfolio management, strategic and commercial advice, licensing, enforcement and due diligence. The firm has a very open, friendly and transparent culture, where doing well is rewarded. A meritocratic principle rewards achievement with progression and substantial support is given to ensure that fee earners have the tools they need to achieve their potential.
The Hi-tech team is the firm’s largest department with twelve fee earners in total and a high ratio of support staff to fee earners. The firm has a very high proportion of direct client work over the fields of electronics, semiconductors, automotive, computers and computer programs, and telecommunications amongst others. An initial portfolio of work for the successful candidate can be tailored to suit most technical backgrounds and preferences within these areas. The firm encourages attorneys to pursue client development initiatives to build client portfolios of their own design. Attorneys are supported in this by the professional business development and marketing department.
There is a great deal of flexibility in the recruitment of this role. Due to the range and scope of work available, qualified patent attorneys with an electronics, engineering or physics background would be appropriate candidates. While ideal candidates will be at or approaching a stage worthy of Partnership with their current firm and will be able to ‘hit the ground running’; applications from ambitious candidates earlier in their career are very welcome.
Marks & Clerk is enjoying a period of significant growth and, as a result, has vacancies across the UK firm. They offer unrivalled variety and scope across all technical areas and aspects of Patent Attorney work.
Patent Attorneys at Marks & Clerk not only enjoy close working relationships with colleagues within their local offices, but also have the opportunity to work in collegiate cross-location teams. The make-up of an attorney’s practice is not limited to the clients in a particular office, which presents exciting opportunities for attorneys at every level. This cross-office working is facilitated by sophisticated, paper-lite practice management systems and processes; and by highly skilled support teams, in all locations.
Marks & Clerk has particular strength in direct client work, but also enjoys strong associate firm relationships. In both cases, this spans the UK and the global IP market. Patent Attorneys at all levels enjoy significant client exposure, which increases, as their career develops.
Does the size of the business mean that your job is impersonal, or your career aspirations go unnoticed? Absolutely not! Marks & Clerk recognises that every Patent Attorney has an important role to play in the success of the business. As such, they invest time and resources to ensure that matters such as individual contribution and career aspirations are discussed openly, and are considered with regularity and fairness. Career progression decisions are objective, transparent and based on merit. The size of the business also enables other interesting opportunities – business development; brand promotion; international campaigns and assignments; team management; training and mentoring; recruitment; quality and compliance work; and many more. If you have a business relevant interest, Marks & Clerk, locally or nationally, can accommodate and help you develop it.
A Patent Attorney based in Birmingham told us, “There are so many opportunities to get involved in things at Marks & Clerk, whether it’s training, business development, marketing, recruitment or infrastructure. As a trainee I was lucky enough to travel to Hong Kong and Japan to meet existing and prospective clients”. A Senior Partner confirms this, “Because of our size, opportunities are more common at Marks & Clerk. We look not only at what is needed in a specific office, but what is needed across the firm. We are a “broad church”. We need variety to support our clients well and to make the best decisions going forwards.” The need for a reasonable work-life balance is acknowledged and accommodated also – a Patent Attorney in Glasgow comments “I got engaged, got married and had a baby since joining, and the whole office has been there to celebrate with me, every step of the way.”
Marks & Clerk is an outstanding place to work and all our attorneys are valued and encouraged to develop. Helping you be successful makes the firm more successful, and that’s in everyone’s interest.
Continuing growth and cross-locational client work means that Marks & Clerk has opportunities available in each of its UK offices for part qualified attorneys all the way up to Senior Associate (and possibly beyond). Of particular interest are Patent Attorneys who specialise in electronics, materials science and engineering.
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