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Newly Qualified Patent Attorney, Biotechnology

Join a leading firm with a truly distinctive approach to business. You will be part of one of the largest teams in Europe and work alongside litigation, commercial and corporate specialists on cases spanning from initial IP capture, patent drafting and prosecution to oppositions, appeals and litigation.

Ideal candidates are hoped to range between newly qualified patent attorneys and those with up to 2 years’ post qualification experience, with a technical background in biology, biochemistry, genetics or similar. You will have extremely strong academics, achieving a 2:1 or higher at degree level, and have a sound technical ability and solid drafting skills. Knowledge of patenting in the antibody field and previous in-house industry experience would be a benefit, but is not a prerequisite to apply.

 Duties will include the full scope of patent attorney responsibilities, including significant drafting, filing and opposition work; direct liaison with clients and foreign agents; and collaboration with colleagues across departments to contribute to wider legal issues for clients within the firm.

The firm invests in the ongoing development of its staff and is keen to find a candidate who is interested in technology innovation and legal breakthroughs in their field of expertise. You will be fully supported in your career advancement in a close knit and friendly team environment and will benefit from the flexibility that only such a well-established and successful firm can offer. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: London
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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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CPA and EPA qualified or Finalist Patent Attorney, Chemistry

This office has recently enjoyed significant success and growth and as a consequence is 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.

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

Salary: Excellent
Location: Midlands
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Finalist to 4 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 4 years’ PQE and have a generous remuneration package to suit all levels that apply.  

Salary: Excellent
Location: Midlands
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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 traveling then perhaps this is a way to combine the two.

Salary: £25,000
Location: International
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Recently Qualified Trade Mark Attorney, up to 3 Years’ PQE, £57,000+

A commercially focused role has become available with one of most highly regarded Trade Mark teams in Europe. The role will suit an attorney who is looking for an environment where they can freely utilise, and expand upon, their commercial skills in order to build their own client base. There is also the opportunity to serve the already impressive work portfolio alongside the existing Trade Mark team.

In time the successful candidate will become involved in account management and contribute towards the future growth and direction of the business, collaborating with leading Partners in the trade mark, patent and wider Intellectual Property field.

Ideal candidates are hoped to have an established arsenal of strong technical skills and be confident in using them under pressure to meet the needs of their clients, as well as being comfortable with continued learning. The firm invest heavily in their brand and are keen for their attorneys to share in their highly energetic, commercially aware and sociable approach.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join an organisation who can offer progressive career development in a supportive and involved working environment. 

Salary: £57,000+
Location: London
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Trade Mark Attorney - Channel Islands

This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for a trade mark attorney qualified in a major international jurisdiction to move to Jersey in the Channel Islands for an excellent work-life balance and a potent mix of work.  Ideally, you will be recently qualified or, if you are within the UK system, then being almost qualified would be acceptable.

You should have an aptitude for commerciality and an interest in building business - in other words you will love networking and making new contacts. This will have an international flavour, so you will certainly be travelling to conferences and visiting new and existing clients overseas.

The firm's portfolio is diverse and includes work within developing nations making for some interesting challenges a typical trade mark attorney might not face.  This will mean that you will need to gain an appreciation for cultural differences as well as key distinctions amongst legal systems. This is a hands-on role where you will be working creatively with attorneys and IPOs across the world.

You will also be encouraged to take a keen interest in the firm's systems management, contributing to its development and suggesting improvements.

The firm is flexible in relation to the qualification jurisdiction of applying applicants.  In addition to the UK, candidates from South Africa in particular may present some advantages.  In general however, experience gained from most jurisdictions will be considered.

 

Salary: TBC
Location: Jersey
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Finalist Level Patent Attorney, Biotechnology

Be a strategist, advisor, mentor and advocate for some of the top ten biotechnology companies in the world. You will be joining a pioneer in the industry with a stellar reputation and will enjoy a refreshing business model, relaxed working environment and one of the best bonus schemes around. The Life Sciences team is one of the true success stories of the industry and has, despite economic unsurety, ignored the decisions of their competitors and grown steadily over recent years.

The firm operate as a meritocracy and always ensure that their best people are rewarded; with demonstrable career progression, the freedom to mould your practice to suit your interests and access to some of the top clients and Partners in the field being but a few perks of the job.

You will be responsible for shaping and implementing your clients’ Intellectual Property programmes both here in the UK and across the globe and be exposed to a significant opposition and litigation practice, as well as high value prosecution and strategic due diligence work. 

Ideal candidates will be nearing qualification, although those with 2 years' experience having completed the Queen Mary or those who are recently qualified will also be considered. A strong academic background in biological sciences is required. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: London
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Patent Litigation Solicitor

A record of successful hires and increasing workload over the past year has resulted in the Litigation team of this leading boutique Intellectual Property specialist firm increasing their numbers further with a new requirement for a recently qualified solicitor.

You will be heavily involved in patent litigation across Europe and be encouraged to collaborate with your patent attorney co-workers on patent and design cases, as well as some transactional aspects of IP. The firm works closely with their clients, being on hand from initial conception and invention harvesting through to the commercial management and international protection of their IP. The Litigation team is specifically focused on providing a full service offering of IP litigation, licensing and exploitation strategy to clients across the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. 

Candidates are hoped to have recently qualified as a solicitor, ideally any time from March 2014, however the firm will consider candidates with up to 3 years' post qualification experience. The team handles an extremely niche portfolio of technologies and will suit someone with a scientific background in physics, electronics, telecommunications or similar, although other disciplines will also be considered.

You will have a strong academic background, achieving a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree, and will have trained in a recognised legal practice with exposure to litigation and a large client base.  Experience in patent litigation is preferred but is not a requirement and all candidates with the necessary knowledge of IP and/or litigation, albeit as separate disciplines, will be considered.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London
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