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Head of IP Support Services
Mewburn Ellis would like to appoint a Head of IP Support Services, who will be responsible for providing exceptional service to their clients and support to their attorneys. The role is new and will join the senior management team, reporting to the Chief Financial & Operating Officer. It is a senior, professional role in the business: working closely with the firm’s Management Committee and its Partners.
Initially, the role will be responsible for the existing Records (Renewals and EPGs) and Client Services teams (currently 16 staff). However, Mewburn Ellis is embarking on a major, strategic project to transform the way their attorneys work and how they service clients. The creation of an IP Support Services team is a key enabler of the project. As such, the scope of the role will expand to take on additional responsibilities such as client reporting, filing, document management and billing. The team is expected to grow to include paralegals, administrators, as well as specialist formalities staff.
Main Tasks and Responsibilities
Skills and experience
Mewburn Ellis LLP is a leading European firm of Intellectual Property specialists. They provide commercially focused, creative advice on obtaining, enforcing and exploiting Intellectual Property rights including patents, trade marks and designs to a wide range of clients who enjoy our straight forward approach and flexible working practices. Their qualified patent and trade mark attorneys, along with their legal services teams, assist their clients across the entire range of IP services.
Highly flexible firm will consider candidates with as little as a year’s experience up to and including newly qualified attorneys. The environment is very collaborative and they are keen to help people develop a well-rounded career. What this entails will include being given your own budget to develop your own client initiatives, the chance to work with large direct clients who are household names and balanced responsibilities between drafting, prosecution and providing strategic IP advice.
The firm has a policy of ‘continual pay review’ which means that every quarter there is an opportunity to increase your earning level based on how you’re doing in the job. In addition, they very much encourage a healthy work life balance ensuring that their attorneys do what needs to be done but go home at a reasonable time.
The position will suit attorneys who want to be more involved with their clients, be listened to not only by their peers but also their supervisors and enjoy a terrific range of work. Given the nature of the practice there is flexibility on the technical background that can be accommodated so both a mechanical engineering background or one that leans much more towards electronics and software could work very well.
A leading British institution is growing their legal team with the appointment of a qualified design attorney. The role would suit a patent attorney, trade mark attorney or IP solicitor; and will primarily involve providing day-to day strategic and operational support for all design rights within the company.
The IP team handles all aspects of IP, including the filing, prosecution and enforcement of patent, trade mark and design rights; and works closely with all other internal departments including the RDD teams to ensure that they are fully up to date on the latest IP developments and their implications.
You will be responsible for maintaining a detailed and current knowledge of the local laws in key territories in relation to both the registration and enforcement of designs; devising and implementing filing strategies appropriate for each core area of the business; handling the prosecution for all design applications; and managing more contentious matters such as conflicts that may occur across the world.
Close contact with the in-house patent attorneys is crucial in tailoring, managing and supervising the design protection and filing regime for each of the individual core projects of the business.
Ideal candidates are hoped to be a qualified IP professional (either a patent attorney, trade mark attorney or IP solicitor), with at least two years’ PQE and substantial experience in handling more contentious IP matters.
Step up to a Partner role or move across at a similar level from a competing firm. A client following is not required but a love of training, mentoring and business development is essential. The department itself is highly regarded and has a fantastic range of clients across a wide range of sectors which would suit all tastes.
Ideal candidates will be interested in particular in staff development, helping the firm ensure that their people fulfil their potential. Naturally there will be considerable autonomy, and progression towards the top of equity over time.
Partner roles of this nature arise all too rarely and we appreciate that moving firms as a Partner can be particularly daunting. Both us and our client are keen to make a potential transition as smooth as possible, and would be happy to arrange informal early meeting so you can ensure that this is the right opportunity for you.
We are representing a medium sized practice with an opportunity for a patent attorney with a background in chemistry. The role would suit someone who would rather work across a variety of subject areas and not be focused on one area alone. The firm will encourage fast development of a well-rounded commercial and legal abilities with the goal of allowing these to help a successful attorney progress through the firm very quickly. The Partners are deliberately recruiting into a demographic gap which means that whilst there are attorneys who will be both further and less far in their career than the person joining the practice in this role, there will be no internal competition impeding progression. The aims of everyone will be aligned such that earning potential achieved by rapid promotion is highly likely.
Key selling points of the role include:
The ideal candidate will be a patent attorney at finalist level due to qualify in 2017 or 2018; however candidates from two years' experience in total (who have passed foundation level/certificate in IP) to two years' post qualified experience will also be highly regarded.
For those not yet qualified, there is significant training support including both in-house and (fully funded) external tutorials.
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 part qualified 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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