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Join a firm with an extremely impressive heritage and be partnered with some of the most progressive and innovative companies in the world.
You will be working closely with clients across the UK, Europe and around the world, protecting their current IP portfolio and helping them gain further commercial success through identifying new patentable areas of their business. The firm is highly commercially minded and adopts a refreshing approach to how the business is run, with input welcomed from all levels and the flexibility to change policy if it benefits them either financially or in favour of staff wellbeing.
The team has a wealth of experience born from time spent both in private practice and in-house, and works in a wide range of technological areas, including road, rail and marine; packaging; engineering materials; housing and construction; automotive; and medical devices. Ideal candidates will range from part qualified up to two years’ PQE.
The Electronics team at this firm is one of the largest in Europe and tackles intricate and highly valuable IP issues across the full spectrum of electronic subject matter, including telecommunications; computer software; medical equipment; computer network and systems; consumer electronics; and defence, aerospace and avionics.
You will have the opportunity to work with recognised and respected multinational conglomerates, as well as managing portfolios for start-ups and sole inventors, SMEs and academic institutions. The team has strong links with local and international industry organisations and encourages its attorneys to attend and contribute to conferences and networking events. It is hoped that candidates will have a strong academic background in electronics, electrical engineering or a related discipline.
IP Sales Inc. is a subsidiary of Valipat S.A., a Belgium based provider of administrative services to attorneys and paralegals working in intellectual property (IP) law firms or IP departments of corporations. Valipat assists these organizations to handle administrative processes related to examination and grant proceedings of IP rights worldwide, in particular with respect to PCT national stage entry and European patent validations. IP Sales promotes and markets the services of Valipat in the USA.
IP Sales are recruiting a key developmental role to support their operation in the United States. The position has a great deal of variety and is an opportunity to develop your career with a fast growing and exciting business.
Key responsibilities include:
Ideal candidate attributes:
Training will be provided on-site in Chicago and in Belgium at Valipat’s headquarters in Brussels. The chosen candidate will spend several weeks in Belgium undergoing training. The position will be based on a 5 day working week with some flexibility required.
The remuneration for this position includes a fixed base salary, bonus, 10 days paid vacation, paid sick leave and assistance with private health care.
This firm’s electronics department is in a fairly unusual position. They are growing quickly but they still have room for individuality. They have a broad scope of work mixed across international corporations, small and medium businesses and some highly complex cutting edge technology. They can offer more breadth of experience than a typical patent attorney role, with the potential to be involved in much more contentious IP work and possibly commercial IP such as licensing. They are small enough to be able to offer considerable flexibility in respect to how your career develops. But then they are large enough to work with some very exciting projects and have an extensive base of international contacts.
They have an excellent team and have actively recruited some of the best attorneys in London from some of their competitors. They have really thought through how your role will develop, who you will be working with to gain a fully rounded experience and what your career will look like once you qualify. Whilst their training will be excellent they will endeavour to give you exposure to work beyond the scope you initially need to ensure that you have the commercial skills required to build a client base of your own at some point in the future. Culturally they are unlike the vast majority of London firms so if you want something quite different from your existing environment they will have a great deal to offer.
It can be difficult planning your future career once qualified. Do you wait it out and hope the firm make good on their promise of promotion? Do you jump ship to the next available opportunity only to find yourself well and truly stuck once more? Or do you call us and consider this opportunity to play a leading role in the succession plan of a highly reputable firm in London? I know which one we would choose.
There is a portfolio of work ready and waiting for you, however if you’re keen to tailor your clients to reflect your strengths and interests (or bring some along with you) then that’s OK too. The firm encourages a highly collaborative environment, with the opportunity to contribute to or even swap client work between colleagues, and an interesting mix of direct client and agency work which will certainly keep you busy.
Responsibilities will include mentoring trainees throughout their qualification; offering strategic advice on registrations, including due diligence, competitor watches and prior art; filing, prosecution and renewal of applications; contentious matters such as opposition and cancellation actions, and negotiating settlements; and domain name disputes, infringement and passing off.
Ideal candidates will have a few years’ post qualification experience, although those at Senior Associate level itching for more responsibility will also be considered.
A leading firm with both a UK and European presence is growing their practice in the Midlands with an additional hire into their Trade Marks team. The firm has a relaxed approach to business, allowing their reputation and established client base to sustain their continued success, supplemented with local and international travel in order to build their varied portfolio even further.
This is a unique opportunity to become a key player in this firm’s future and benefit from guaranteed career progression as part of their succession planning. You will be working alongside extremely experienced Partners across a range of sectors, including construction, fashion and beauty, and software. Duties will include, but will not be limited to, advising on trade mark, domain name, validity and infringement matters; filing and prosecuting trade mark applications; maintaining your clients’ trade mark portfolios and identifying areas for further development; and participating in oppositions, enforcement and other contentious matters.
There is a degree of flexibility in the level of candidate the firm will consider, with focus being placed on finding a motivated trade marks professional who is looking to be integral to the development of the firm they join. With this in mind, candidates with around 18 months' experience in the profession up to those at Senior Associate level will be considered.
You will take the lead on how your career develops, with as much (or as little) involvement from the Partners and other fee earners as you like. There is a generous flexitime policy, a substantial support system provided by a team of skilled paralegals and an extensive range of benefits to boot.
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.
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 travelling then perhaps this is a way to combine the two.
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.