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US Qualified Patent Attorney, Electronics

A rare opportunity for a US qualified patent attorney to join a leading firm in London. The firm has an extremely strong Electronics team resulting from a combination of a long standing reputation in the industry, a highly considered hiring strategy and ongoing investment in support and training.

This need has come about due to an increase in instructions from a key client; however there will be still be the opportunity to become involved in a range of work originating from the team’s entire portfolio. You will be required to advise clients on their IP protection from a US perspective and provide all necessary services through the USPTO. There will be some exposure to the firm’s other international offices allowing you to gain experience of, and consequently assist in, UK and European IP matters. Technologies that you will be working with include, but are not restricted to, screen technology, wireless technology and other related hi-tech areas. 

Ideal candidates are hoped to have qualified within the last four years and be looking for a new role in order to develop their international expertise and client portfolio. London is the preferred base, although there is some level of flexibility in terms of the location. Relocation will be considered.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Finalist level to Qualified Patent Attorney

Join a team that can offer a working environment that is quite unique compared to that of a traditional firm of patent and trade mark attorneys or in-house IP department, with a mix of technical knowledge and backgrounds generating a stimulating dynamic.

This is a commercially focused role with particular emphasis on implementing the Patent Box benefits for the firm’s existing and potentially new client base. 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 and work within a melting pot of experience and backgrounds and teach you the necessary skills in order to produce effective results for your clients as a team.   

Ideal candidates are hoped to be finalist level 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.

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

The role will be based in London and there will be necessary travel to meet with clients, however this is not exhaustive. Relocation for candidates will be considered and those located outside of the UK are welcome to apply. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Commercial Intellectual Property Specialist

We are currently working with an in-house department to source an Intellectual Property enthusiast to join them in London and 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 portfolio of FTSE 100 companies and software start-ups and helping shape the commercial future of their IP. You will be required to work closely with your clients through regular meetings and gain an understanding of how their already patented technology is embedded in their business, as well as assessing other potential avenues where additional Intellectual Property and the accompanying tax benefit could be identified.

It is predicted that you will acquire a basic knowledge of the tax system through preparing the necessary documentation for the UK tax authorities and you will use this to help recognise your clients’ eligible patents and income streams for the reduced tax rate.

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.

Ideal candidates will have a science or engineering background and have a foundation level knowledge of Intellectual Property; including invention harvesting, patent search and analysis and identifying potentially patentable technologies. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Sales & Business Development Manager

Intellectual Property Sector Sales & Business Development Manager, Brussels

VALIPAT, created in 2008, offers administrative services to Intellectual Property attorneys.  Its mission is to anticipate the new and evolving needs of the IP profession, in particular by using internet based technologies to provide cost efficient solutions lightening the administrative burden on the attorney’s side.

Supported by a team of 60 people, Valipat is experiencing significant growth which will continue as it adds new services and develops and enhances existing revenue streams.

Valipat are recruiting a Sales and Business Development Manager to report directly to the CEO and coordinate the sales operation as well as build business themselves.

Overall objectives include motivating the commercial team; influencing broader sales and marketing strategy; developing business planning, indicators, projects and objectives; and managing following up, measuring results of strategies and adjusting planning where necessary. 

Primary responsibilities are:

  • Translating global Valipat strategy into a sales strategy
  • Formalising the global sales strategy into objectives and monitoring them throughout the year
  • Initiating market studies and being answerable for the knowledge of the market and its evolution
  • Coordinating clients’ satisfaction surveys, identifying client behaviors and defining action plans related thereto
  • Coordinating projects with the Marketing department
  • Monitoring sales team activity and performance (cold calling, client visits, transverse projects, etc.)
  • Leading and following up of the Sales department weekly meetings
  • Implementing and following up Customer Relationship Management
  • Coordinating sales operations initiatives
  • Developing direct commercial IP activity in Benelux
  • Implementing indicators, monitoring them and launching action plans to improve them; those indicators are notably related to client’s activity and satisfaction and return on investment on various sales and marketing projects (conferences, mailings, special actions, etc.)
  • Providing the Chief Executive Officer with regular reporting and recommendations for action plans
  • Supporting the  Human Resources department in respect to recruitment
  • Coordinating training and development of the sales team
  • Potentially participating in the future development of the activity in Asia

To be successful in this role it is likely you will:

  • Be analytical, flexible, quality minded and rigorous
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have superb presentation, persuasion and negotiation skills
  • Be customer oriented and result driven
  • Have an international mind-set
  • Have excellent IT skills including a thorough knowledge of MS Office
  • Be fluent in English (other languages would be advantageous but are certainly not a requirement)

Valipat is an exciting place to work.  The company is rapidly evolving and growing extremely quickly and therefore can offer opportunities to be part of challenging projects in a complex environment with an international and multicultural work force.

To read an interview with Valipat’s CEO, please click here.

Salary: Negotiable
Location: Brussels

Trade Mark Partner

Find a home for your clients with this fast growing trade mark department within a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys.  The firm hopes to find an attorney who is seeking the support of a developed infrastructure and the career opportunities that this represents; and in return can bring a client following to help quickly develop their practice.

The firm work with regional, national and international clients across a whole host of sectors such as automotive, consumer goods, sports, food and drink, clothing, pharmaceuticals and leisure. You will be responsible for securing your clients’ international protection through filing before the UK, OHIM and the Madrid system. 

The firm is very understanding of the risks and difficulties of incorporating an existing Partner of another firm and are prepared to make suitable allowances to protect you in the early days of your joining them.  This might include the protection of clients in case of early exit; attributing a value to clients that you bring with you in excess of normal firm income structures; flexibility in respect to how your role is organised; and support in respect to your own initiatives (such as attendance at international conferences or other commitments).  They have an excellent profile both in the UK and internationally and there is great potential for leveraging existing firm contacts to further your own revenue streams.

The firm also understands that you may be bound by restrictive covenants and will make allowances in respect to how a role is organised accordingly.  They may also consider moving a Partner with a team of attorneys, assuming there is sufficient income to cover at least the cost of salaries.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Qualified Trade Mark Attorney, up to 3 Years' PQE

Natural progression has resulted in an opening for a qualified trade mark attorney at this high ranking firm. The office has a long standing reputation in the area and enjoys an extremely loyal local client base, as well as serving major blue chip companies and SMEs with a wider international outlook.

The Trade Mark team has a wealth of experience spanning across all sectors, in particular food and drink, luxury goods and financial services. You will responsible for managing your clients’ brands in a number of different territories across the world and be a key player in their ongoing commercial success and global protection.

Ideal candidates will be qualified trade mark attorneys with up to three years’ post qualification experience. The firm encourages a collaborative and familiar environment within its individual teams and the wider firm as a whole so there will be as much, or as little, support available as is needed.

You will most definitely not be a small fish in a big pond, but an included and valuable member of a dedicated team; with the resources, client base and support that only a larger organisation can offer. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Scotland

Patent Searcher/Analyst, 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 department with an additional Patent Searcher to work closely with the Partners and fee earning team to help identify possible obstacles regarding their client’s IP portfolio, including existing competitor products and prior art. You will be responsbile for the evaluation, classification and distribution of information in a variety of formats, as well as the preparation of clear and detailed summaries for further analysis. Additional duties will include carrying out audits and proactively providing presentations and individual consultations to staff members and external parties on patent and search analysis.

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. A keen interest in the legal or Intellectual Property profession is also required. 

Salary: Dependent on experience
Location: South

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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