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Work for a leading British institution and be at the forefront of innovation.
There is a growing work load due to heavy investment being made in the company’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) projects and, as a result, this leading household name is seeking another patent attorney to join the team.
The role will involve a significant amount of drafting work and prosecution, competitor search and analysis, and the opportunity to provide strategic IP advice that could impact the future direction of the company. You will work closely with the RDD and product development teams, advising on IP issues right from the initial product conception through to its launch to market. The work is stimulating and challenging, and the environment is characterised by energy, enthusiasm and initiative.
Applicants are anticipated to be newly qualified (UK and/or EQE), with up to 4 years’ PQE. It is hoped you will have a background in either engineering, electronics, chemistry or a related discipline. You must be comfortable communicating effectively with both IP and non IP personnel, and be assertive in your decision making and recommendations.
As a direct result of past, current and expected business growth Swindell & Pearson is recruiting for a future Registered Director and Shareholder (equiv. Equity Partner). The initial role of IP Director is a springboard to equity with a one or two year time frame. The firm’s strategic plan is to expand its breadth of ownership and this recruitment is part of that plan.
The culture at Swindell & Pearson would suit someone who enjoys being given the freedom to develop their own client portfolio, but who is not a lone wolf; someone who is willing and able to contribute ideas and effort to the improvement of a firm that consistently delivers high quality work. This will most likely include successful client development but may also include training and fee earner development or contributing to infrastructural changes as the firm continues to grow.
Swindell & Pearson’s clients include some of the world’s foremost multinational companies, SMEs, academic institutions, government agencies and individuals. Both UK and international in nature the work includes obtaining protection worldwide, portfolio management, strategic and commercial advice, licensing, enforcement and due diligence. The firm has a very open, friendly and transparent culture, where doing well is rewarded. A meritocratic principle rewards achievement with progression and substantial support is given to ensure that fee earners have the tools they need to achieve their potential.
The Hi-tech team is the firm’s largest department with twelve fee earners in total and a high ratio of support staff to fee earners. The firm has a very high proportion of direct client work over the fields of electronics, semiconductors, automotive, computers and computer programs, and telecommunications amongst others. An initial portfolio of work for the successful candidate can be tailored to suit most technical backgrounds and preferences within these areas. The firm encourages attorneys to pursue client development initiatives to build client portfolios of their own design. Attorneys are supported in this by the professional business development and marketing department.
There is a great deal of flexibility in the recruitment of this role. Due to the range and scope of work available, qualified patent attorneys with an electronics, engineering or physics background would be appropriate candidates. While ideal candidates will be at or approaching a stage worthy of Partnership with their current firm and will be able to ‘hit the ground running’; applications from ambitious candidates earlier in their career are very welcome.
Marks & Clerk is enjoying a period of significant growth and, as a result, has vacancies across the UK firm. They offer unrivalled variety and scope across all technical areas and aspects of Patent Attorney work.
Patent Attorneys at Marks & Clerk not only enjoy close working relationships with colleagues within their local offices, but also have the opportunity to work in collegiate cross-location teams. The make-up of an attorney’s practice is not limited to the clients in a particular office, which presents exciting opportunities for attorneys at every level. This cross-office working is facilitated by sophisticated, paper-lite practice management systems and processes; and by highly skilled support teams, in all locations.
Marks & Clerk has particular strength in direct client work, but also enjoys strong associate firm relationships. In both cases, this spans the UK and the global IP market. Patent Attorneys at all levels enjoy significant client exposure, which increases, as their career develops.
Does the size of the business mean that your job is impersonal, or your career aspirations go unnoticed? Absolutely not! Marks & Clerk recognises that every Patent Attorney has an important role to play in the success of the business. As such, they invest time and resources to ensure that matters such as individual contribution and career aspirations are discussed openly, and are considered with regularity and fairness. Career progression decisions are objective, transparent and based on merit. The size of the business also enables other interesting opportunities – business development; brand promotion; international campaigns and assignments; team management; training and mentoring; recruitment; quality and compliance work; and many more. If you have a business relevant interest, Marks & Clerk, locally or nationally, can accommodate and help you develop it.
A Patent Attorney based in Birmingham told us, “There are so many opportunities to get involved in things at Marks & Clerk, whether it’s training, business development, marketing, recruitment or infrastructure. As a trainee I was lucky enough to travel to Hong Kong and Japan to meet existing and prospective clients”. A Senior Partner confirms this, “Because of our size, opportunities are more common at Marks & Clerk. We look not only at what is needed in a specific office, but what is needed across the firm. We are a “broad church”. We need variety to support our clients well and to make the best decisions going forwards.” The need for a reasonable work-life balance is acknowledged and accommodated also – a Patent Attorney in Glasgow comments “I got engaged, got married and had a baby since joining, and the whole office has been there to celebrate with me, every step of the way.”
Marks & Clerk is an outstanding place to work and all our attorneys are valued and encouraged to develop. Helping you be successful makes the firm more successful, and that’s in everyone’s interest.
Continuing growth and cross-locational client work means that Marks & Clerk has opportunities available in each of its UK offices for finalist level attorneys all the way up to Senior Associate (and possibly beyond). Of particular interest are Patent Attorneys who specialise in electronics, materials science and engineering.
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Looking to grow its existing Partnership this Yorkshire based firm of patent and trade mark attorneys wishes to hire Senior Associate or Salaried Partner level attorneys to join its practice as a Salaried Partner. The firm would then expect the candidate to progress to join the equity Partnership on an accelerated time frame.
Candidates will be able to fit into the ICT/Electronics/Telecommunications team so will have an appropriate technical background. There is a considerable existing workload and clients include global corporations, SMEs and renowned academic institutions. In particular, the firm works with world leaders in self-service terminal and touch sensitive display technologies and is highly active in the financial technology and telehealth sectors. Given the range and mix of existing clients the role is both commercial in respect to providing strategic IP advice as well as procedural in terms of original drafting and prosecution.
The firm would be very happy for an attorney joining them to both support the existing client portfolio as well as exploring new avenues of interest to them. There will be opportunities to be involved in firm management, business development and training as well as funded overseas trips. There is considerable career scope with this role, the firm expects that suitable candidates will progress quickly.
This is a very exciting role, currently pretty rare in the profession in that firms are generally less forthcoming about the time it may take to progress or the steps one needs to take to get there. The role will be very competitively remunerated - the firm wants to attract the best people so will endeavour to meet reasonable demands.
Miller Sturt Kenyon can give you the best of both worlds, offering a close knit and collaborative working environment coupled with the opportunity to work with a leading international client base. They take pride in the level of independence they offer their attorneys, with regular client contact and the chance to build business and represent the firm at networking events.
Ideal candidates will have an electronics or engineering background and have around a year’s experience in the profession, although those with 6 months’ experience plus and those who have recently qualified will also be considered.
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