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Newly Qualified up to 2 years’ PQE, Biotechnology, up to £75,000

Join a highly strategic and commercial firm in the South and gain your share of an impressive portfolio of contentious work, including oppositions, appeals and UK litigation. There will be plenty of opportunity for drafting in the UK, Europe and internationally through your foreign counterparts, as well as acting as an advisor and confidante to a range of clients across both academic and technological fields.

You will be dealing with a varied caseload born from a number of different technical specialisms including biochemistry; genomics; gene sequences; enzymes; vaccines; molecular, cell and structural biology; gene delivery; virology; immunology; antibody technology; stem cells; biosensors; biofuels; biomarkers; plant variety protection; array technology; bioinformatics; and diagnostics.

The firm offers a full service approach with IP professionals collaborating with solicitors in order to provide a wealth of experience and expertise to their clients. They enjoy a global presence with strong ties across Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as significant investment in local businesses in the UK. 

Salary: up to £75,000
Location: South
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Patent Searcher, Chemistry/Biotechnology

A really rather unique role in the South for a patent searcher to join a specialist team within a leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. The firm has a solid presence in the South and handles a significant workload of contentious issues, including EPO oppositions and litigation, as well as original drafting, prosecution and strong partnerships with foreign associates.

They are looking to expand their highly specialised team with an additional Patent Searcher to work closely with the Partners and help identify possible obstacles regarding their client’s IP portfolio, including existing competitor products and prior art.

Ideal candidates will have an excellent academic background in biotechnology or chemistry and will have experience working in a fast paced research environment. You may have previously worked as a research associate within an academic department, liaising with department heads and providing detailed reports to assist with possible plagiarism, or currently be working in a similar capacity in another firm within the Intellectual Property profession. The ability to collate, analyse and report on a huge volume of data is a must and a keen interest in the law will also be required. 

Salary: Dependent on experience
Location: South
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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: £60-£70,000
Location: London
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Finalist to 3 Years’ PQE, Patent Attorney, Electronics, Engineering, Physics or Materials Science

Recent uptake at Graduate level and internal promotions has resulted in this firm needing to supplement its ranks with a new recruit at finalist level up to 3 years’ post qualification. Close ties with local businesses coupled with an internationally recognised reputation for excellence has resulted in a diverse workload of sole inventors, SMEs and larger multinationals with a global presence.

You will be working alongside industry leading Partners and helping them manage their own portfolio, as well as building your own menagerie of clients across a range of technologies. There will be significant drafting, filing and prosecution in the UK and Europe, as well as internationally via foreign agents, and the chance to become involved with the firm’s busy oppositions practice and advise on the more strategic and commercial elements of IP.

The role has the potential to be as visible as you like; with encouragement to showcase your expertise at industry conferences and networking events, as well as the support to identify and pursue potential new business opportunities to expand the team’s fee earning capabilities.  

The firm has demonstrated that career progression is achievable, with this position being a direct consequence of attorneys leaving their current role and making their way up the ladder. The office is home to an experienced clerical and support team, a bespoke case management system and a dedicated HR function; allowing the Partners, and other attorneys, to fully invest their time in managing and further growing the practice in a modern open plan working environment.

The technology base managed across the departments is really rather extensive and so the firm is looking for candidates with a background encompassing any of the electronics or engineering disciplines, including (but not limited to) electronics, mechanical engineering, physics and materials science. They will consider applications from those at finalist level on the cusp of qualification up to 3 years’ PQE and have a generous remuneration package to suit all levels that apply.  

Salary: Dependent on experience
Location: Midlands
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Chief, Boss, Top-Dog/Cat, Wo-/Man About Town. All Hail The Leader

No you won't be joining a cult or forming one.

But what you will be doing is creating waves – being an instigator of a movement or at the very least building and leading a commercial business and developing its profile. You'll like being a Patent Attorney but perhaps see yourself as so much more than that.  You know how business is done.  You know how to get more of it.  You know how to get the best from people and can persuade them to join your mission.  When someone says the words budget, profits or loss they won’t see dust as you make a quick exit or someone in a corner silently crying to themselves.  You love the numbers, you like making decision about and because of the numbers. 

Yes this is a role for someone who is not sure what they want so wants to make it for themselves but, you know, with a really great set of toys to play with rather than having to do things from scratch.  As for technical background some mix of electrical and mechanical would be nice.  At the moment you’re probably a Partner or Senior Associate in private practice or at an equivalent level in industry.  Don’t let this one slip through your fingers TC.

Salary: £Six Figures
Location: London
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In-house Intellectual Property Specialist, Possible Patent Attorney

We are working with one of the top four accountancy firms to source an Intellectual Property enthusiast to help grow the patent and technical expertise of their already well established and successful Patent Box team.

This is very much a client facing role where you will be managing a client portfolio ranging from FTSE 100 to software start-ups and attending meetings in order to gain an understanding of how their patented technology is already embedded in their business. A basic knowledge of the tax system will be acquired to prepare the necessary documentation for the UK tax authorities and will be used to help recognise the eligible patents and income streams for the reduced tax rate, as well as identifying other commercial avenues and potential opportunities for tax benefit.

You will be required to assess your clients’ established IP portfolio, liaise with patent searchers to compare the technologies with that of known competitors and work with external patent attorneys to ensure applications are written in a way in which the Patent Box tax benefit can be captured.

The working environment is quite unique compared to that of a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys or in-house IP department, with a mix of technical knowledge and backgrounds generating a stimulating dynamic. You will have the opportunity to further your experience in the commercial aspects of patents and licensing and hone your ability to harness the potential of your clients’ IP. The diverse nature of the role will give you a broader perspective on how to manage a team containing a myriad of experience and backgrounds and teach the necessary skills in order to overcome them.

Ideal candidates are hoped to be part or newly UK or European qualified patent attorneys with experience working with software and computer implemented technologies and advising clients on their patentability in Europe, although attorneys with an alternative technical background are also welcome to apply. Applicants with a science or engineering background and who can demonstrate knowledge of invention harvesting, patent search and analysis and identifying patentable technologies alongside inventors will also be considered.

You will be open to learning new skills and be comfortable being a fish in a rather large pond; working alongside qualified patent attorneys, IP and R&D specialists, senior technologists, product teams and financial experts across multiple departments on a number of different projects.

There will be necessary travel to meet with clients, however this is not exhaustive. The role is located in London although there is the opportunity to discuss the potential of establishing and working in a regional office.  

 

Salary: Excellent
Location:
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Qualified Patent Attorney, Electronics/Software - Can be qualified outside of UK

Enjoy a highly strategic, commercial patent attorney role with a primary focus on patent drafting and prosecution but with a great deal of consultancy and some contentious work.  Be a key part of an Intellectual Property department that has been growing rapidly and has built an excellent reputation that has led to a high quality portfolio.  In particular, this includes direct client work for international corporations managing their entire European portfolio, often dealing with non-straightforward prosecutions or with related issues such as helping consolidate an offensive or defensive patent strategy.  Much of the work will be broad in nature, perhaps looking for commercial value in a portfolio and arranging licensing or being part of the team in respect to UK, European or international litigation.

In respect to career progression, given the rate of expansion, there are ample opportunities for advancement.  There is also precedent in respect to future colleagues who have developed their careers effectively.  The firm has organised their structure to recognise performance such that they are highly meritocratic in nature.

Ideally the firm is looking for a patent attorney with a technical background in software, electronics, electrical engineering or physics.  Whilst UK and/or European qualification would be beneficial they will also consider applicants qualified in other jurisdictions in particular Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States. 

There are a great deal of opportunities for patent attorneys with a technical background in the areas listed above but this firm, with a much more commercial approach, can genuinely offer a very different experience.  

Salary: Excellent
Location: London
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Part Qualified to Finalist level Patent Attorney, ICT

A boutique practice with multiple outfits in the North is growing their Electronics department and is in need of a part qualified, or finalist level, attorney to add to their ranks. Ideal candidates are hoped to have at least 18 months’ experience in the profession and have a strong academic background in electronic or computer engineering, telecommunications, physics or a related discipline.

You will be responsible for managing a niche portfolio of intriguing clients, with a technology base ranging from intricate and detailed computer architecture through to financial and banking systems for large multi-site corporations. You will need to possess a commercial edge and the ability to recognise and implement viable business opportunities, both for the firm and in furthering your clients’ IP. They enjoy a modern outlook on the sector, a business model that has successfully facilitated substantial growth and expansion since their launch, and encourage their attorneys to share in their contemporary approach.

There is a collegiate working environment where ideas are shared and developed among the team and plenty of opportunity to build and tailor your own practice to suit your strengths and interests. A wealth of experience across the Partnership and senior attorneys will allow you to gain all the necessary knowledge needed to qualify and establish yourself as a key contributor to the firm, with as much supervision and support as is needed. 

Salary: Competitive
Location: North/North East
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CPA and EPA qualified or Finalist Patent Attorney, Chemistry

 

CPA and EPA qualified or Finalist Patent Attorney, Chemistry

Marks & Clerk’s successful Birmingham office is continuing to grow and we are looking to appoint a dual qualified attorney (CPA and EPA) with up to 2 years post qualification experience, or a single qualified attorney working towards dual qualification.

The office supports a range of clients, from multi-national blue-chip companies to SMEs and entrepreneurs, in a variety of sectors, including automotive, mechanical, life sciences, medical, chemical, electrical, food and drink, and manufacturing. The office also has outstanding links with the academic institutions in the region, advising inventors, guiding spin-outs and assisting technology transfer departments to maximise the value of their intellectual property.

The appointee will be responsible for providing exceptional client service for an existing portfolio. In addition they will support with the acquisition of new clients to expand the team’s fee earning capabilities and ultimately will become responsible for the management and administration of their own client portfolio.

They will be actively involved in developing and implementing patent drafting / prosecution. This will include the identification of inventions and drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications in both the UK and Europe as well as directing prosecution of patent applications in various jurisdictions outside Europe via local attorneys.

The relevant practice is extremely diverse ranging from materials science, chemical engineering, all chemistry disciplines and biotechnology (primarily immunology and genetics). It is essential that candidates have a solid chemistry background but experience in the other disciplines would be a welcome addition. 

The appointee will benefit from the assistance and support of the Partners to ensure his / her successful integration into the firm. Extensive support is also available from highly capable clerical and administrative employees together with the use of a bespoke case management system.

We offer outstanding remuneration and all the benefits associated with an international professional services firm. Our size and resources mean you will have access to the ongoing development you need to achieve a rewarding career in intellectual property.

Please also see the attached role profile.

Salary:
Location: Birmingham
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Part Qualified to Finalist level Patent Attorney, Materials Science

A firm currently enjoying the successes of a recent rebrand would like a trainee patent attorney to join them for their next chapter in the South. They can offer a close knit working environment wherein you will experience the bread and butter duties of drafting and prosecution but with an added splash of contentious work, the opportunity to devise and implement commercial strategies for a range of clients and help out with the managerial functions of the firm.

You will be exposed to a variety of technologies covering an interesting technical range, including chemistry and chemical engineering, and will have regular contact with the inventors, SMEs and larger IP owners to help them navigate from initial invention harvesting and consultation through to maintaining and growing their portfolio and anticipating any obstacles that may occur.

This is a fantastic opportunity for those looking for something ‘a little bit different’. You may have become disillusioned with your current firm and be frustrated that your responsibilities do not reflect your potential. You may be a small fish in a large pond or even an overlooked fish in a small pond; this will certainly not be the case at this firm. The role will allow you to push the boundaries of your knowledge and challenge your skills in a hugely supportive and collaborative environment.

Ideal candidates will currently be in training for qualification and could be anywhere between completing the Queen Mary course (or equivalent) or at finalist level. 

Salary: Dependent on experience
Location: South
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Qualified (or nearly qualified) Patent Attorney, Engineering, Electronics or Physics

Qualified (or nearly qualified) Patent Attorney, Engineering, Electronics or Physics

Mathys & Squire are expanding their Electronics, I.T. and Engineering (I.T. & E.) department and are therefore seeking attorneys to help them grow.  Ideally, they would like to recruit qualified Patent Attorneys with a background in engineering, electronics or physics, although candidates of finalist standard will also be highly regarded. 

The firm really encourages independent thinking and is great at developing latent (or not so latent) commercial skills.  If you feel that your current firms’ Partners are a little overbearing then the environment at Mathys & Squire may really suit you. 

The IT&E department has a highly varied workload from multinationals across high-tech, oil and gas, and manufacturing as well as a high number of large UK direct clients, SME’s and start-ups.

The firm’s attorneys operate as trusted advisors and work with clients to develop a commercial strategy.  They advise on all IP-related matters, including, for example, preparing and filing new patent applications, international patent prosecution, portfolio management, advising on IP-related agreements, preparing and filing registered design applications, providing infringement opinions, and contentious matters.

Mathys & Squire are a family friendly firm where there is a clear commitment to supporting staff.  They encourage flexibility and their 5 offices across the UK support this.  Their recent move to the Shard heralds a new stage of development for the firm with state of the art office facilities, video conferencing and a move to a paper–lite DMS platform.  They are planning to grow rapidly over the next few years so medium and long term career opportunities should be plentiful as intake at all levels continues.

Salary:
Location: London
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Account Manager, Intellectual Property Management Software, £50-£60,000 + Bonus

A world leader in IP management software is further expanding their reach into Europe and Asia and is in need of an experienced IP sales professional to join their already established Client Services team in the UK. The company has enjoyed an expansion boom in the past year and has received significant funding allowing them to invest heavily in growing their resources both in the UK and overseas. They have an impressive client portfolio of internationally recognised blue chip organisations and have recently secured a partnership with a multinational name in the automotive sector as part of their integration into Asia. The company offer flexible services tailored specifically to complement the individual needs of their clients, ranging from large global portfolios to cloud based packages for smaller IP practices, and work with multinational corporations, firms of patent and trade mark attorneys and law firms. 

The Account Manager will be the primary point of contact during the implementation phase of the sales life cycle and will be supported by a wider Client Services team, consisting of a Project Manager, business analysts and software developers. The Account Manager will be required to use their in depth knowledge of the products to ensure a smooth integration of the software into the clients’ working structure and be on hand to solve any difficulties that may arise. They will also be present during the initial stages of the sales process to accompany the sales team and provide demonstrations and tailor product environments to allow the client to experience the service prior to signing the contract.

Ideal candidates are hoped to have at least 3-5 years’ experience working in software sales and will also have experience of the Intellectual Property sector. You must be educated to degree level, be confident in a client facing role and be able to communicate in a strong and professional manner both in person and by phone and email. Close proximity to London is favourable, however candidates living further afield will also be considered if near to a main travel hub and they possess relevant IP experience. There will be the opportunity to attend networking events, such as INTA, and extensive travel to meet with clients may be required.

The training for the role will be relatively informal in nature rather than a structured induction period as seen in larger corporate environments. However it will involve an intense introduction to the company with webinars, manuals and independent study, as well as travel overseas to meet with and learn alongside your international counterparts.

This is an exciting time for the company and for those who join during this period of expansion. For more information on this role, please contact Phillipa Field on +44 207 903 5019 or email contact@fellowsandassociates.com

Salary: £50-£60,000 plus Bonus
Location: South
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