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A top tier patent and trade mark firm is looking to grow its biotechnology practice with the addition of a high calibre trainee patent attorney.
The role of a patent attorney is both challenging and varied, encompassing science and technology, law, and business related fields. You will be given the opportunity to work at the forefront of new scientific developments and technological advancements, and will be responsible for advising clients and helping them to project and nurture their inventions. You will need a meticulous attention to detail and the ability to grasp and explain complex technical subject matter, as well as strong oral and written communication skills as required for the drafting of patent applications and legal correspondence.
The work is both local and international, as the firm’s client portfolio ranges from local sole inventors through to multinational global corporations. Therefore, you should be intentionally minded and enthused by the prospect of overseas travel. You will need to be commercially adept and confident, as later down the line you will likely be expected to be involved in business development activities including cultivating and developing client relationships through networking and regular direct client interactions.
For successful candidates, this is a rewarding career opportunity which will allow you to follow your passion for science and innovation, whilst challenging your broader analytical, business, and commercial skills. Hard work is rewarded, with a clear career path in place and regular salary and performance reviews on offer. The firm can provide successful candidates with an exceptional support structure and a friendly and nurturing environment in which knowledge sharing is key. The firm has an excellent training and development structure in place, and you will be working alongside industry leading attorneys who will be on hand to mentor you through your training programme and professional examinations.
The role could be based in either the firm’s London or Southampton offices. Due to the challenging nature of the role, candidates will need to have an outstanding academic portfolio including strong A Level grades, at least a 2:1 undergraduate degree, and a PhD in biotechnology or a related field as a minimum.
A leading patent and trade mark firm are seeking a finalist level patent attorney for their prestigious London offices.
You will be joining the firm’s highly reputable engineering and electronics practice, working alongside a number of industry leading experts who are at the forefront of the profession. The team provides the entire spectrum of services to its clients, from filing to prosecution and oppositions. Furthermore, many of the team’s Partners have handled high profile EPO hearings on behalf of a number of prominent clients. The team has an open and collaborative ethos, and they will offer the successful candidate an excellent support network and a brilliant opportunity for professional development.
You will work directly with an array of UK and international clients including multinational corporations and household names, world class universities and research institutions, SME’s, and sole inventors. You will also handle a broad range of innovative technologies including software related inventions and telecommunications, through to optical recording media, avionics, air conditioning technologies and beyond.
Candidates will need a strong academic background in high tech or a related subject area, and will preferably be of a finalist level; however those with at least 3 years’ in the profession through to recently qualified candidates will also be considered.
A prestigious European Intellectual Property firm is seeking a high calibre patent attorney to join its London based electronics and engineering practice in a Partner Designate capacity. The firm’s success is continually acknowledged by the likes of Legal 500, which is reflective of its ambitious attorneys and support staff and pays testament to the high quality service it provides to its clients.
You will be joining an engaging, dynamic and talented team of individuals, with impressive commercial acumen and a reputation amongst clients that is second to none. The team’s Partners are world leading practitioners, with excellent reputations within the profession. The team’s people-centric philosophy makes the practice a collaborative environment to work in, and provides an excellent support network of peers. You will need to be personable and a strong team player, although individualism is also greatly encouraged so you shouldn’t be afraid to bring your own personality and ideas to the table.
A good balance of agency and direct client work is on offer across an array of exciting technologies, ranging from computer hardware and nanotechnology through to sub-sea drilling, mobile technologies, high volume production processes/machinery, and beyond. As well as advising and supporting renowned clients based in the UK and overseas, the role will have a substantial focus on business matters and commercialism. You will play an active role in building and developing the business and will be responsible for carrying out key initiatives in order to ensure the firm’s ongoing success.
Ideal candidates will need a strong technical background in electronics and/or engineering, will most likely be at Senior Associate level, and will ideally be dual qualified. Swift progression through to Partnership is a significant part of the firm’s ongoing development plan; therefore you will need to be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills including delegation, be an excellent client manager, and will be ready and eager to take on the role and responsibilities associated with being a business leader.
This is an excellent opportunity to join the London office of a highly respected patent and trade mark firm. Due its continuing successes, the firm is looking to strengthen its life sciences and chemistry group with the addition of a part qualified or finalist level patent attorney with a chemistry background. The existing chemistry practice covers the broad spectrum of subject matter, including but not limited to pharmaceuticals, oil and petrochemical technologies, catalytic processes, food chemistry, cosmetics and nanotechnology.
The successful candidate will have access to a first class support network, as they will be joining a team of industry leading specialists including ‘tier 1’ attorneys as recommended by Legal 500. The team’s Partners are also highly visible within the profession, which will allow for excellent exposure and ample networking opportunities.
You will be working with an interesting range of clients both in the UK and overseas, from large corporations to prestigious universities, innovative SME’s, and sole inventors. You will also be exposed to the whole gamut of patent work, from oppositions and litigation, through to due diligence and prosecution.
This is a unique opportunity to join a firm that is creative, forward thinking and highly respected within the profession. The varied and interesting portfolio of work on offer will allow you to challenge yourself professionally and develop your skills and expertise with the support of pioneers in the field. The working environment is open and refreshing, and hard work is rewarded with a clearly defined path to career progression, flexibility, and an excellent bonus scheme.
The role would suit candidates with anywhere from one year’s experience (i.e. post QM), through to those at finalist level.
Due to its ongoing expansion, a leading global firm is now able to add two experienced trade mark paralegals to its prestigious Dubai practice.
With 16 offices worldwide, the working environment on offer is international in nature and highly varied. Responsibilities will cover the entire spectrum of trade mark prosecution, from conducting pre-filing clearance searches to preparing reports and undertaking brand audits. Regular contact with agents and clients as well as third parties will also be required.
Ideally, candidates will have at least three years’ experience as a paralegal or trade mark administrator and will preferably have worked in western jurisdictions. Experience of using docketing databases such as IPPO and having a team focused outlook are also a must. Successful candidates will need to have an excellent command of English and Arabic (both written and spoken).
This is an brilliant opportunity to join a renowned firm in an entrepreneurial and dynamic city. A highly effective talent management programme and a variety of training resources and opportunities are on offer for successful candidates, which will allow you to easily transition into the role as well as ensuring your ongoing career development.
Trainee Patent Attorney, Electronics or Engineering
Miller Sturt Kenyon is able to offer you the security that is only afforded by a reputation built through years of impeccable service and offers a less hierarchical structure than many firms, allowing you the freedom to shape your career path within a profession that is constantly evolving.
Ideal candidates will have an electronics or engineering background and have around a years’ experience in the profession, although those with 6 months’ experience plus and those who have recently qualified will also be considered.
For further information about the firm and the role, click here.
Intellectual Property (PCT) Paralegal
Valipat is an incredibly fast growing, highly entrepreneurial enterprise that has added 30 people to their team in the last 2 years (50+ people in January 2014). They conduct circa 15-16000 European patent validations per year, provide PCT national/regional phase entries and a power of attorney form generation service. Given the fast growth phase that Valipat is in, roles are not fully defined so there is considerable flexibility to develop a niche for oneself, gain additional responsibilities and/or management opportunities as your position with the company develops.
As Valipat services tend to be structured albeit customisable to suit the needs of each individual client, their paralegal team enjoy a huge amount of variety in their day-to-day workload and are experienced problem solvers and relationship managers.
Ideal candidates will have considerable experience in the intellectual property sector with knowledge of the PCT process.
The responsibilities of the position may include:
Valipat operate an English speaking office and an English speaking service so other languages are not required, they have a wide range of nationalities currently working for them and will consider offering relocation/sponsorship for suitable candidates.
Work with a direct client portfolio with a significant amount of oppositions work. This firm works across a broad array of technologies so you won’t be stuck working on one thing or one technical area. Technologies you will be working with include medical devices, software and computer hardware, display technologies, telecommunications and oil and gas.
You will be supporting a Partner with a consultative and strategic approach who is very highly regarded both within the UK and internationally. You will be encouraged to develop your own commercial skills and gain experience in contentious matters which you can apply to the way you draft a patent. Remuneration is flexible; for the right candidate the firm will pay what they need to attract the best talent.
A leading European patent and trade mark firm with a strong international presence are seeking the addition of a part or newly qualified patent attorney for their Bristol operation, to help manage their growing portfolio of client work.
The candidate will join the highly successful Engineering Technologies team, and will play an important part in the firm’s future direction and development. The ideal candidate will need to have a strong electronics background in order to manage the growing work load in the subject area. However, candidates from a general engineering background will also be considered.
The variety of work on offer is incredibly diverse and covers a range of stimulating technical subject matter. It will allow the successful candidate to tackle a much more commercially focused portfolio of work, including IP capture, strategic advice and analysis, as opposed to just drafting and prosecution.
Client satisfaction is at the forefront of the firm’s ethos, as is departmental connectedness and the provision of an open and supportive working environment. The firm offers its attorneys a great deal of room for professional development, including its very own in house oppositions masterclass and the opportunity to attend a number of CPD and networking events. For those in the early stages of their career, there is also an extensive support structure in place for those sitting their qualifying examinations.
This is a unique opportunity to join a leading firm which can offer a brilliant work life balance, as well as a great deal of transparency with regards to salary and career progression allowing for a clearly defined and well-structured career path.
Newly Qualified (or Finalist) Patent Attorney, Engineering & Electronics
Due to its continued successes, Dehns is looking to grow its engineering and electronics team with the addition of a recently (or nearly) qualified patent attorney to help manage their increasing work load.
On a day to day basis, the responsibilities associated with the role will be both interesting and varied, as you will be working with multiple clients across a number of technical areas. The successful candidate will need to have a background in mathematics, electronics, computing, or physics and will be comfortable operating within each area. Furthermore, the position will be extremely hands on so the ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a good record of direct client work. As well as a variety of oppositions and other contentious work, you will also have the chance to become actively involved in the firm’s business development both in the UK and internationally.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a firm with an impressive history and reputation, and which is partnered with some of the most progressive and innovative companies in the world. Dehns offers 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 financially, or in favour of staff wellbeing.
Part Qualified Patent Attorney, Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
Dehns, one of Europe’s largest patent and trade mark firms, has recently seen an increase in its mechanical/aerospace engineering caseload on behalf of an established client. In response, it is looking to grow its capacity to meet the client’s requirements with the addition of a part qualified patent attorney.
Academic prowess is important to the firm; the ideal candidate will therefore have a very good degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering from a top university, as well as solid A Level grades. Strong candidates with a background in general engineering or physics will also be considered.
Dehns is commercially driven and takes a hands on approach to all matters; therefore the successful candidate will be given the opportunity to gain substantial direct client experience. The majority of your work will be in drafting and prosecution on behalf on the aforementioned high profile client, although you will also be given ample opportunity to build upon your oppositions experience. Dehns prides itself on the excellent training and guidance that it provides to its staff, which is facilitated by the friendly and supportive working environment that it also offers.
An international law firm with established offices across the globe is in need of a qualified trade mark attorney, or solicitor with experience of trade mark prosecution, to join them in London. The firm is one of the largest and fastest growing in the world, and one of the few that has invested in a dedicated Trade Mark department offering both filing and prosecution for local and international clients.
The role will offer the successful candidate a challenging variant of work with responsibilities including managing trade mark and registered design applications in jurisdictions such as the US, Europe, UK, Russia, Japan, Australia and Saudi Arabia; advising on the protection of brands in emerging and established markets; preparing license agreements, cease and desist letters and settlement agreements; liaising and negotiating with foreign associates in the US, Russia and Japan; and further developing the firm’s portfolio through various forms of business development.
Candidates are hoped to hold around three to five years’ experience and be qualified in both the UK and Europe, however the unique set up of the firm will allow for solicitors with trade mark prosecution experience to also apply.
Qualified (or Finalist) Patent Attorney, Biotechnology
Become a strategist, advisor and advocate for some of the top ten biotechnology companies around the world. You will be joining a practice with a stellar reputation and a refreshing dynamic approach. You will be responsible for shaping and implementing your clients’ IP programmes across Europe and will enjoy significant opposition and litigation cases, strategic prosecution, and high value due diligence work.
The practice operates a working environment in which influence originates at all levels, and where those who achieve will be very well rewarded. There is demonstrable career progression through to partnership and access to some of the best clients and attorneys around. This is an opportunity not to be missed for those with the ambition and drive to excel.
Applicants should have a technical background in biochemistry / biotechnology and preferably be qualified in the UK and/or Europe; ambitious candidates at finalist level will also be considered.
Partner/Partner Designate, Biotechnology
Elkington & Fife has had a long history of achievement since its establishment in 1927, and over the years it has embraced a development strategy that has successfully secured its position as a leading firm in the UK and internationally. Although the firm itself has been around for quite some time, their outlook is in no way old fashioned. They pride themselves on their progressive and outward facing approach, and have managed to produce an environment that is inclusive, open and enthusiastic.
The biotechnology team, which will be led by the successful candidate, is closely aligned with the Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group. The Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group has extensive experience in contentious work, including EPO oppositions and litigation, as well as being at the leading edge of patent prosecution and SPC proceedings.
The firm hopes that the successful candidate will take an active role in developing the existing biotechnology practice to match the success of the Chemistry & Pharmaceuticals Group; so there is a real opportunity to establish oneself in a rapidly expanding team.
Ideal candidates are hoped to be client focused, career driven and forward thinking with a strong background in biotechnology (or biochemistry) work. Elkington & Fife are wholly committed to developing and expanding their biotechnology practice, and plan to invest in additional attorneys as it grows. They will also provide numerous opportunities for personal growth and development, and will encourage the successful candidate to attend and participate in external seminars/conferences.
The firm does not have a biotechnology Partner at present; therefore the potential for Partnership and to be the ‘go to’ person for biotechnology work is excellent
For more information about the firm and the opportunity, please click here.