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Head of Operations – Intellectual Property Annuities and Renewals

Envoy are specialists in global IP annuities and renewals.  Founded in 2008, Envoy’s customers now stretch across 40 countries. Their clients include renowned patent and trade mark firms, global law firms, universities and blue chip corporations.

The Head of Operations is a key leadership role reporting directly to the CEO.  The position has three key components:

  1. Operations – having primary responsibility for the renewals and annuities business.  Being able to streamline and refine processes, assess risks and develop systems to support a significant predicated growth in the client base and build excellent working relationships with both clients and suppliers.
  2. Team Management – developing, training, recruiting and supporting a large team of IP administration professionals with a wide range of experience from very new to the industry to those with extensive expertise.
  3. Deputising for the CEO in key areas of business, being able to make complicated corporate decisions when he is unavailable and being prepared to be responsible for the results of those decisions.

Envoy has an existing marketing and business development team and this position is not a sales role, however you should have the ability to speak professionally with clients and pursue opportunities for growth when they present themselves.  You will be a key public face of the business and therefore may attend corporate events both in the UK and overseas.

The role requires a ‘hands on’ manager, ideally capable of filling in for more junior staff when the workload necessitates but more importantly someone who can empathise with what their staff do and the issues that may arise.  Suitable applicants will be very comfortable with analysing data and using the IT software required to do so to a high level.  You will have a forensic mind able to determine and foresee potential issues and develop strategies to prevent them from becoming problems.

It is anticipated that suitable candidates will have the following background:

  • Previous Intellectual Property administration experience for example gained from a formalities position in private practice or industry or a management role for a service provider
  • Previous experience managing a team
  • Presentation and client communication skills 
  • The confidence and ability to step into a leadership role

There is some flexibility in respect to the profile of a candidate fitting into this role.  It could be a significant step upwards in your career and if you can demonstrate that a step up in responsibilities would be in your abilities to handle then that may be attractive to Envoy.  Alternatively, Envoy will also consider candidates for whom the role itself is a sideways move now but who are convinced of the tremendous growth potential that Envoy undoubtedly will be able to deliver.  As a consequence remuneration will suit the profile of applicants, a contribution to relocation costs (if applicable) may also be offered.

Salary: Remuneration will be highly competitive
Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Head of Records and Renewals

An incredibly well regarded patent and trade mark firm are looking for an experienced professional to lead their records and renewals team. The appointee will hold a fundamental position on the firm’s leadership board and will play a pivotal role in the company’s future growth and development.

In order to be successful in this position, you will need to have demonstrable strategic business skills including an ability to effectively promote and deliver change by making continuous improvements to services and efficiencies. You will be required to liaise closely with internal and external stake holders on a regular basis, in order to promote the records and renewals offering and both nurture and expand the firm’s existing client base. You will also need to be a seasoned leader, as you will be responsible for the management and personal development of the current records and renewals team which will include performance monitoring and carrying out appraisals.

Ideal candidates will have sound knowledge of Intellectual Property, gained from working in a senior capacity (e.g. as an operations manager, formalities manager, or similar) in either a private practice or industry setting. The role is based predominantly in the firm’s London office, although travel to meet with existing and potential clients will be essential.

Salary: c. £80,000
Location: London

Salaried Partner

Looking to grow its existing Partnership this Yorkshire based firm of patent and trade mark attorneys wishes to hire Senior Associate or Salaried Partner level attorneys to join its practice as a Salaried Partner. The firm would then expect the candidate to progress to join the equity Partnership on an accelerated time frame.

Candidates will be able to fit into the ICT/Electronics/Telecommunications team so will have an appropriate technical background. There is a considerable existing workload and clients include global corporations, SMEs and renowned academic institutions. In particular, the firm works with world leaders in self-service terminal and touch sensitive display technologies and is highly active in the financial technology and telehealth sectors. Given the range and mix of existing clients the role is both commercial in respect to providing strategic IP advice as well as procedural in terms of original drafting and prosecution.

The firm would be very happy for an attorney joining them to both support the existing client portfolio as well as exploring new avenues of interest to them. There will be opportunities to be involved in firm management, business development and training as well as funded overseas trips. There is considerable career scope with this role, the firm expects that suitable candidates will progress quickly.

This is a very exciting role, currently pretty rare in the profession in that firms are generally less forthcoming about the time it may take to progress or the steps one needs to take to get there. The role will be very competitively remunerated - the firm wants to attract the best people so will endeavour to meet reasonable demands.


Salary: Highly Competitive
Location: Yorkshire

In-house Opportunity, Qualified Patent Attorney

We’re excited to be working on a unique opportunity for a qualified patent attorney to join a global business as their Group IP Manager. You will lead the Intellectual Property team, managing and advising on all IP related matters for the company, and will work on a truly international scale – with regular travel to countries including Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Portugal, Brazil, China and the US.

This is an extremely strategic and commercial role, where you will be responsible for the protection of the IP originating from the UK arm of the business, as well as being expected to liaise closely with the company’s overseas head office in respect to all regional filing and prosecution and the provision of FTO advice for new product and market development. 

Demonstrable man management skills will be required in order to effectively coordinate the external network of patent and trade mark attorneys, in addition to leading the internal IP team and support staff. There will also be regular internal communication with relevant departments, such as R&D, business development and marketing, to ensure that they have a full understanding of all IP related expectations and requirements, and their impact on the overall operation and profitability of the company. 

Ideal candidates will be confident working autonomously in a pressured environment and will be comfortable giving pragmatic advice in relation to complex and highly litigious issues. You will be a qualified UK or European patent attorney with a minimum of 3 years’ PQE, although those with less PQE but significant experience working in a large multi-national and those qualified in another jurisdiction, will also be considered. It is hoped you will have a strong understanding of software/mechanical IP; however those working in a different technical specialism with some knowledge of these areas are welcome to apply.

Salary: £65-£80,000 + bonus
Location: South

Trainee Patent Attorney, Electronics/Engineering

  • Begin your career in the best possible way with access to an ever changing mix of technologies and an interesting client base, ranging from sole entities and academia, to SMEs and world renowned multinational conglomerates
  • Benefit from a tailor made training scheme and the freedom to drive the direction of your own studies
  • Be an invaluable advisor to your clients, helping identify and shape their IP and construct complex arguments to ensure their portfolio’s ongoing protection
  • Become involved in drafting and prosecution in the UK and Europe, as well as liaising with foreign attorneys on high value cases from around the world
  • Balance your work and personal life perfectly
  • Belong to an approachable and friendly team with support and feedback offered from all levels

Miller Sturt Kenyon can give you the best of both worlds, offering a close knit and collaborative working environment coupled with the opportunity to work with a leading international client base. They take pride in the level of independence they offer their attorneys, with regular client contact and the chance to build business and represent the firm at networking events.  

Ideal candidates will have an electronics or engineering background and have around a year’s experience in the profession, although those with 6 months’ experience plus and those who have recently qualified will also be considered.

Click here to find out more about life at MSK. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

(Very) Newly Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

One of the largest firms in Europe is hoping to welcome a newly qualified trade mark attorney into their trade mark practice in the South. The firm is consistently recognised by the Legal 500 for providing an impeccable service to their clients, and their attorneys are well known in the industry for their commitment and passion for quality and innovation.

The trade mark team works with a diverse range of clients from individuals and SMEs to blue chips and multi-national corporations, who originate from a whole host of industries including entertainment; tourism; finance; fashion and beauty; medical technology; publishing; food and beverage; and engineering. They invest heavily in their visibility, with attorneys encouraged to actively network, speak at conferences and contribute to firm/industry publications. With this in mind, the firm require their attorneys to be passionate, commercially minded and comfortable working closely with high profile clients from day one.

You will be responsible for handling all aspects of trade mark work, including the initial stages of clearance searching; the filing and registration of trade mark applications; and dealing with domain name disputes, passing off and infringement issues, as well as the continuing management and enforcement of your clients’ portfolio and advising on copyright. You will be expected to work closely with your clients, guiding them through each stage of the process and offer commercially sound and pragmatic advice to ensure they are fully protected against any eventuality.

Ideal candidates will be awaiting their results of the Certificate in Trade Mark Practice, although those with up to 1 year’s PQE will also be considered. You will need to have an impeccable academic track record, with excellent results achieved at GCSE, A Level and degree level. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Brighton
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