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Senior Associate/Strong Partnership Prospects, Electronics/Engineering
Gill Jennings & Every intend to recruit a Senior Associate with the confidence, commercial acumen and management potential to become a salaried partner within a short period of time (in the region of 12-18 months). Candidates should have a technical background that allows them to handle a range of technologies within the IT & Engineering spectrum.
The firm’s success is continually acknowledged by the likes of Chambers and Partners, Managing Intellectual Property, and Legal 500. A highly progressive and inclusive culture allows their staff to manage up as well as being managed down, and the net result is a firm that listens to its people at all levels and responsibilities and is able to adapt to their strengths and weaknesses – building on the former and overcoming the latter.
The IT&E team’s existing Partners are world leading practitioners, with outstanding reputations within the profession. Their people-centric philosophy makes the practice a collaborative environment to work in, and provides an excellent support network of peers comprising of four partners, 20 additional fee earners and 12 members of support staff. You will need to be amiable and a fantastic collaborator, although individualism is also strongly supported so you will be encouraged to bring your own personality and ideas to the role.
In terms of workload, the position will offer an even mix of agency and direct clients 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.
You will play an active part in building and nurturing the business, developing and maintaining client relationships, and carrying out key initiatives in order to ensure the firm’s ongoing success. You will offer support and guidance to new trainees, by aiding them through the training process and sharing your talent and insight.
Ideal candidates will have a strong technical background in electronics and/or engineering with a solid grasp of a range of ITE technologies, and will most likely be at Senior Associate level. You will also need to be dual qualified, and have experience of direct and indirect client work, both UK based and overseas. 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 and client management, and you will be ready and eager to take on the role and responsibilities associated with being a business leader. You should be business and commercially minded and help the firm to continue to attract, develop and retain the best people as well as utilising resources to streamline processes.
As a future business leader looking for quick progression, your ability to demonstrate leadership potential, resilience, and commerciality is essential. Furthermore, financial acumen, technical excellence, client management capabilities, business development skills and high professional standards are all expected. Your management style must be one of collaboration; supervising and delegating to staff, building teams and relationships based on trust, and inspiring others to grow in their own careers, whilst you grow and develop yours.
Opportunities with genuine potential for progression through to partnership in such a short time frame are quite rare in the profession. Therefore, Gill Jennings & Every strongly believes that they can offer something that is difficult to achieve elsewhere. For the firm’s growth plans to succeed, they need people who wish to share in their success at the highest of levels, and would like to recruit ambitious individuals with high expectations of becoming Equity Partners and who the existing Partners believe will be capable of driving the firm forward during the next decade and beyond.
Business Development/Sales Professional (Intellectual Property Sector)
This is an excellent opportunity to work for a fast growing business that is building its US operation at a rapid rate. IP Sales Inc.are seeking an experienced IP services sales professional to cover Washington DC and the surrounding area.
You will play an integral part in developing our clients’ international business strategy by building new customers and engaging with old ones, whilst enjoying considerable support from our clients’ US and Brussels based operations. Moreover, in order to ease your transition you will be provided with an excellent existing customer base upon which to build. As a primary member of the business development team, you will work closely with European counterparts, through attendance at biannual meetings and an extensive training programme both based in Brussels. Although you will be working predominantly from a home office, travel within your territory as well as overseas to attend events such as the INTA Annual Meeting will be required.
You will need to be comfortable with all aspects of sales and business development, from attending networking events, to cold calling IP law firms and providing clients with product demonstrations via WebEx. More specifically, you will need to be able to demonstrate a good understanding of IP, specifically foreign filing IP workflow (i.e. PCT, EP) in companies and law firms, and will have a large experience of sales within the IP services sector or within the business development team of an IP law firm. However, non-sales professions such as seasoned paralegals for example, with strong IP experience in a client facing position may be considered.
Our main client is currently a leading provider of IP administrative services to IP professionals and paralegals, primarily in the areas of EP patent validations and entries into the national and regional stages of PCT applications.
It supports many of the world’s leading companies and IP law firms as they file EP and PCT patents for themselves, or on their clients’ behalf. It counts the very best IP law firms amongst its partners in all significant international jurisdictions.
This position is a bit of a rarity. In fact it’s the first time that we’ve advertised a job quite like it. We think it would suit an attorney who likes the idea of working across a broad range of technical areas, alongside both solicitors and patent attorneys, and who wants a mix of contentious and non-contentious work. The position’s focus is on registered designs, allowing you to become a resident expert on all aspects of protecting designs and build upon the know-how you already have.
The client base is excellent and includes large corporations many of which are international as well as some smaller interesting clients. Given that the focus is on designs you will work across a huge variety of scientific areas and technologies. You will also be able to shape the role somewhat to suit your interests whilst benefitting from a highly supportive firm infrastructure.
In terms of your background, ideally you’ll be a qualified Patent Attorney with a technical background in the electromechanical field although we think our client may have some flexibility here, such as perhaps a solicitor or overseas qualified attorney but with the requisite academic background in an electromechanical discipline and experience of protecting designs. You should have good experience of international and local relevant patent systems and protocols. You should also have the commercial skills necessary to allow you to develop through the firm.
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.
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 a 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.
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.
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.