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Finalist Level Patent Attorney, Biotechnology

Be a strategist, advisor, mentor and advocate for some of the top ten biotechnology companies in the world. You will be joining a pioneer in the industry with a stellar reputation and will enjoy a refreshing business model, relaxed working environment and one of the best bonus schemes around. The Life Sciences team is one of the true success stories of the industry and has, despite economic unsurety, ignored the decisions of their competitors and grown steadily over recent years.

The firm operate as a meritocracy and always ensure that their best people are rewarded; with demonstrable career progression, the freedom to mould your practice to suit your interests and access to some of the top clients and Partners in the field being but a few perks of the job.

You will be responsible for shaping and implementing your clients’ Intellectual Property programmes both here in the UK and across the globe and be exposed to a significant opposition and litigation practice, as well as high value prosecution and strategic due diligence work. 

Ideal candidates will be nearing qualification, although those with 2 years' experience having completed the Queen Mary or those who are recently qualified will also be considered. A strong academic background in biological sciences is required. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Graduate/PhD Level Trainee Patent Attorney

Begin your IP career with a highly strategic and commercial firm in the South and be exposed to an impressive portfolio of contentious work, including oppositions, appeals and UK litigation. There will be plenty of opportunity to try your hand at drafting in the UK, Europe and internationally through your foreign counterparts, as well as acting as an advisor and confidante to a range of clients across both academic and technological fields.

You will be dealing with a varied caseload born from a number of different technical specialisms including biochemistry; genomics; gene sequences; enzymes; vaccines; molecular, cell and structural biology; gene delivery; virology; immunology; antibody technology; stem cells; biosensors; biofuels; biomarkers; plant variety protection; array technology; bioinformatics; and diagnostics.

The firm offers a full service approach with IP professionals collaborating with solicitors in order to provide a wealth of experience and expertise to their clients. They enjoy a global presence with strong ties across Asia, the United States and Europe, as well as significant investment in local businesses in the UK. 

Ideal candidates are hoped to have an academic background in any of the biological sciences and be educated to PhD level, although those with an undergraduate degree or MSc will also be considered. Prior IP experience and/or completion of the Queen Mary, or similar, is a bonus but is not ultimately required. The firm is happy to support relocation, however due to the urgency of this role candidates must be immediately available. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: South

Newly Qualified Solicitor

A record of successful hires and increasing workload over the past year has resulted in the Litigation team of this leading boutique intellectual property specialist firm increasing their numbers further with a new requirement for a recently qualified solicitor.

You will be heavily involved in patent litigation across Europe and be encouraged to collaborate with your patent attorney co-workers on patent and design cases, as well as some transactional aspects of IP. The firm works closely with their clients, being on hand from initial conception and invention harvesting through to the commercial management and international protection of their IP. The Litigation team is specifically focused on providing a full service offering of IP litigation, licensing and exploitation strategy to clients across the telecommunications, pharmaceutical and FMCG sectors. 

Candidates are hoped to have recently qualified as a solicitor, ideally any time from March 2014. The team handles an extremely niche portfolio of technologies and will suit someone with a scientific background in physics, electronics, telecommunications or similar, although other disciplines will also be considered. You will have a strong academic background, achieving a minimum of a 2:1 undergraduate degree, and will have trained in a recognised legal practice with exposure to litigation and a large client base.  Experience in patent litigation is preferred but is not a requirement and all candidates with the necessary knowledge of IP and/or litigation, albeit as separate disciplines, will be considered.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

US Qualified Patent Attorney, Electronics

A rare opportunity for a US qualified patent attorney to join a leading firm in London. The firm has an extremely strong Electronics team resulting from a combination of a long standing reputation in the industry, a highly considered hiring strategy and ongoing investment in support and training.

This need has come about due to an increase in instructions from a key client; however there will be still be the opportunity to become involved in a range of work originating from the team’s entire portfolio. You will be required to advise clients on their IP protection from a US perspective and provide all necessary services through the USPTO. There will be some exposure to the firm’s other international offices allowing you to gain experience of, and consequently assist in, UK and European IP matters. Technologies that you will be working with include, but are not restricted to, screen technology, wireless technology and other related hi-tech areas. 

Ideal candidates are hoped to have qualified within the last four years and be looking for a new role in order to develop their international expertise and client portfolio. London is the preferred base, although there is some level of flexibility in terms of the location. Relocation will be considered.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Sales & Business Development Manager

Intellectual Property Sector Sales & Business Development Manager, Brussels

VALIPAT, created in 2008, offers administrative services to Intellectual Property attorneys.  Its mission is to anticipate the new and evolving needs of the IP profession, in particular by using internet based technologies to provide cost efficient solutions lightening the administrative burden on the attorney’s side.

Supported by a team of 60 people, Valipat is experiencing significant growth which will continue as it adds new services and develops and enhances existing revenue streams.

Valipat are recruiting a Sales and Business Development Manager to report directly to the CEO and coordinate the sales operation as well as build business themselves.

Overall objectives include motivating the commercial team; influencing broader sales and marketing strategy; developing business planning, indicators, projects and objectives; and managing following up, measuring results of strategies and adjusting planning where necessary. 

Primary responsibilities are:

  • Translating global Valipat strategy into a sales strategy
  • Formalising the global sales strategy into objectives and monitoring them throughout the year
  • Initiating market studies and being answerable for the knowledge of the market and its evolution
  • Coordinating clients’ satisfaction surveys, identifying client behaviors and defining action plans related thereto
  • Coordinating projects with the Marketing department
  • Monitoring sales team activity and performance (cold calling, client visits, transverse projects, etc.)
  • Leading and following up of the Sales department weekly meetings
  • Implementing and following up Customer Relationship Management
  • Coordinating sales operations initiatives
  • Developing direct commercial IP activity in Benelux
  • Implementing indicators, monitoring them and launching action plans to improve them; those indicators are notably related to client’s activity and satisfaction and return on investment on various sales and marketing projects (conferences, mailings, special actions, etc.)
  • Providing the Chief Executive Officer with regular reporting and recommendations for action plans
  • Supporting the  Human Resources department in respect to recruitment
  • Coordinating training and development of the sales team
  • Potentially participating in the future development of the activity in Asia

To be successful in this role it is likely you will:

  • Be analytical, flexible, quality minded and rigorous
  • Have excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Have superb presentation, persuasion and negotiation skills
  • Be customer oriented and result driven
  • Have an international mind-set
  • Have excellent IT skills including a thorough knowledge of MS Office
  • Be fluent in English (other languages would be advantageous but are certainly not a requirement)

Valipat is an exciting place to work.  The company is rapidly evolving and growing extremely quickly and therefore can offer opportunities to be part of challenging projects in a complex environment with an international and multicultural work force.

To read an interview with Valipat’s CEO, please click here.

Salary: Negotiable
Location: Brussels

Trade Mark Partner

Find a home for your clients with this fast growing trade mark department within a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys.  The firm hopes to find an attorney who is seeking the support of a developed infrastructure and the career opportunities that this represents; and in return can bring a client following to help quickly develop their practice.

The firm work with regional, national and international clients across a whole host of sectors such as automotive, consumer goods, sports, food and drink, clothing, pharmaceuticals and leisure. You will be responsible for securing your clients’ international protection through filing before the UK, OHIM and the Madrid system. 

The firm is very understanding of the risks and difficulties of incorporating an existing Partner of another firm and are prepared to make suitable allowances to protect you in the early days of your joining them.  This might include the protection of clients in case of early exit; attributing a value to clients that you bring with you in excess of normal firm income structures; flexibility in respect to how your role is organised; and support in respect to your own initiatives (such as attendance at international conferences or other commitments).  They have an excellent profile both in the UK and internationally and there is great potential for leveraging existing firm contacts to further your own revenue streams.

The firm also understands that you may be bound by restrictive covenants and will make allowances in respect to how a role is organised accordingly.  They may also consider moving a Partner with a team of attorneys, assuming there is sufficient income to cover at least the cost of salaries.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Part Qualified to Newly/Recently Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

This highly regarded firm of patent and trade mark attorneys are further developing their incredibly successful trade mark department.  You will like the idea of working amongst a highly professional peer group who will be there to bounce ideas off and encourage your development.  The firm likes attorneys who can offer commercial advice and interact with clients on regular basis (irrespective of the level of experience that you have).  They will give you the confidence to discuss issues intelligently with your clients and the support when you need it to ensure the advice you give is of high quality.

The practice has a high percentage of direct clients mostly originating in the UK.  There is a great deal of flexibility on how you might fit into the practice, it is large enough that they will be able to accommodate your interests and allow you the opportunity to develop your knowledge of particular sectors. 

The firm is also flexible on the experience of the attorney coming into this role – attorneys from c. 2 years’ experience in total (part qualified) up to c. 5 years’ experience in total (perhaps newly or recently qualified) will fit in well.  Candidates with more experience will also be considered although the salary range for the position reflects the typical remuneration for the experience level suggested.

This is an urgent requirement due to a significant increase in the volume of work.  The firm has been very successful in its business development strategies so trade mark attorneys there have excellent job security and fantastic career progression potential.

Salary: £Highly Competitive
Location: London

Qualified Trade Mark Attorney, up to 3 Years' PQE

Natural progression has resulted in an opening for a qualified trade mark attorney at this high ranking firm. The office has a long standing reputation in the area and enjoys an extremely loyal local client base, as well as serving major blue chip companies and SMEs with a wider international outlook.

The Trade Mark team has a wealth of experience spanning across all sectors, in particular food and drink, luxury goods and financial services. You will responsible for managing your clients’ brands in a number of different territories across the world and be a key player in their ongoing commercial success and global protection.

Ideal candidates will be qualified trade mark attorneys with up to three years’ post qualification experience. The firm encourages a collaborative and familiar environment within its individual teams and the wider firm as a whole so there will be as much, or as little, support available as is needed.

You will most definitely not be a small fish in a big pond, but an included and valuable member of a dedicated team; with the resources, client base and support that only a larger organisation can offer. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Scotland

Chief, Boss, Top-Dog/Cat, Wo-/Man About Town. All Hail The Leader

No you won't be joining a cult or forming one.

But what you will be doing is creating waves – being an instigator of a movement or at the very least building and leading a commercial business and developing its profile. You'll like being a Patent Attorney but perhaps see yourself as so much more than that.  You know how business is done.  You know how to get more of it.  You know how to get the best from people and can persuade them to join your mission.  When someone says the words budget, profits or loss they won’t see dust as you make a quick exit or someone in a corner silently crying to themselves.  You love the numbers, you like making decision about and because of the numbers. 

Yes this is a role for someone who is not sure what they want so wants to make it for themselves but, you know, with a really great set of toys to play with rather than having to do things from scratch.  As for technical background some mix of electrical and mechanical would be nice.  At the moment you’re probably a Partner or Senior Associate in private practice or at an equivalent level in industry.  Don’t let this one slip through your fingers TC.

Salary: £Six Figures
Location: London
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