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Senior Patent Attorney, Chemistry

Have you become disillusioned with your current role? Do you feel overlooked for promotion and the level of your contribution is not reflected in the value of your rewards? We’re currently working with a firm who are in a position to welcome a new senior member to their team.

The firm adopt a truly commercial approach in the service they offer their clients with heavy focus on strategic advice, portfolio management & development and IP capture. You will offer FTO advice and opinion, assess due diligence; as well as licensing, dispute management and litigation. There will also be the opportunity to gain, or further, your knowledge of Supplementary Protection Certificates.

The client base is extremely varied and includes, but is not restricted to, medicinal chemistry and drug discovery; vaccines and hormone therapies; pharmaceutical formulations and advanced drug delivery systems; and investigations into new medical uses. 

Salary: Excellent

Graduate Entry Level, Biotechnology, c. £25,000

Move to Mexico, that’s right Mexico, and gain a truly unique career in Intellectual Property. A well-established firm based in affluent Mexico City is looking for a graduate with an academic background in biotechnology to carve out a long term relationship and qualify as a Mexican patent attorney.

The firm has an extremely international outlook with the majority of their client base operating in other jurisdictions, as well as a loyal local portfolio. Responsibilities will include the filing and international prosecution for leading household names, assisting in litigation and some copyright and design work. You will also have the opportunity to visit client locations and oversee experiments, whilst helping to identify potentially patentable technologies. International travel will be required in order to attend overseas conferences and to visit clients.

Ideal candidates will be educated to PhD level in biotechnology, or a related discipline, and will be committed to a move overseas. The firm conduct most if not all of their business in English and so all candidates must have a native grasp of the English language.  

As this is an entry level position please can we ask for all applications to be sent by email. 

Salary: c. £25,000
Location: Mexico

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 mindset
  • 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

Patent Searcher/Analyst, Chemistry/Biotechnology

A really rather unique role in the South for a patent searcher to join a specialist team within a leading firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. The firm has a solid presence in the South and handles a significant workload of contentious issues, including EPO oppositions and litigation, as well as original drafting, prosecution and strong partnerships with foreign associates.

They are looking to expand their highly specialised department with an additional Patent Searcher to work closely with the Partners and fee earning team to help identify possible obstacles regarding their client’s IP portfolio, including existing competitor products and prior art. You will be responsbile for the evaluation, classification and distribution of information in a variety of formats, as well as the preparation of clear and detailed summaries for further analysis. Additional duties will include carrying out audits and proactively providing presentations and individual consultations to staff members and external parties on patent and search analysis.

Ideal candidates will have an excellent academic background in biotechnology or chemistry and will have experience working in a fast paced research environment. You may have previously worked as a research associate within an academic department, liaising with department heads and providing detailed reports to assist with possible plagiarism, or currently be working in a similar capacity in another firm within the Intellectual Property profession. A keen interest in the legal or Intellectual Property profession is also required. 

Salary: Dependent on experience
Location: South

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

Qualified Patent Attorney, Electronics/Software, up to £100,000

Enjoy a highly strategic, commercial patent attorney role with a primary focus on patent drafting and prosecution but with a great deal of consultancy and some contentious work.  Be a key part of an Intellectual Property department that has been growing rapidly and has built an excellent reputation that has led to a high quality portfolio.  In particular, this includes direct client work for international corporations managing their entire European portfolio, often dealing with non-straightforward prosecutions or with related issues such as helping consolidate an offensive or defensive patent strategy.  Much of the work will be broad in nature, perhaps looking for commercial value in a portfolio and arranging licensing or being part of the team in respect to UK, European or international litigation.

In respect to career progression, given the rate of expansion, there are ample opportunities for advancement.  There is also precedent in respect to future colleagues who have developed their careers effectively.  The firm has organised their structure to recognise performance such that they are highly meritocratic in nature.

Ideally the firm is looking for a patent attorney with a technical background in software, electronics, electrical engineering or physics.  Whilst UK and/or European qualification would be beneficial they will also consider applicants qualified in other jurisdictions in particular Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa or the United States. 

There are a great deal of opportunities for patent attorneys with a technical background in the areas listed above but this firm, with a much more commercial approach, can genuinely offer a very different experience.  

Salary: up to £100,000
Location: London
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