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Patent Attorney, Telecoms & Electronics, Qualified or Finalist

Patent Attorney, Telecoms & Electronics, Qualified or Finalist, London

As a pan-European firm Hoffmann Eitle can offer a really unique array of experiences to patent attorneys joining their team. Given the close working relationship with other offices situated across Europe, the workload will be highly diverse across a wide range of technologies. This role reports to David Sproston who is keen to ensure that attorneys who work with him are given access to a variety of experiences and, in addition to prosecution and drafting work, you will be encouraged to build first-hand knowledge of oppositions and broader litigation work as well as having control over building your own portfolio, with considerable support from the team. David’s practice covers telecoms, electronics, IT, computing, software and business methods, and his clients range from private inventors and SMEs to large multinationals. David listens to his team so your voice will be heard and you will be able to influence how your career develops.

Hoffmann Eitle’s London office has a very open and friendly culture with input encouraged from all levels of the infrastructure. Partners are keen to hear new ideas and encourage your involvement in areas that will push your abilities in order to further your career. Promotions to the partnership are entirely based on merit and it is expected that Hoffmann Eitle will be making a number of new partner appointments in years to come. As a growing office, the firm hopes to invest heavily in its development over the coming years, meaning your profile and level of responsibility will rise accordingly.

Ideal candidates will be patent attorneys with a background in telecoms, electronics, physics, or similar disciplines who are recently qualified or at finalist level. You will enjoy travel and be keen to work overseas for a short period (although your permanent base will be in London).

Salary: Excellent
Location: London
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In-House Patent Attorney, Biotechnology

In-House Patent Attorney, Biotechnology, London

Silence Therapeutics is poised at an exciting time in its growth, and is expanding its IP portfolio.  As Silence intensifies its efforts in the field of RNAi Therapeutics, and is the only European listed organisation in the field, there is need for additional resource within its IP function.

Silence Therapeutics are able to offer a patent attorney opportunity that is highly varied and will require European travel.  You will work very closely with R&D departments and enjoy a collaborative environment where you will develop IP strategies in conjunction with scientific staff.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Patent drafting and FTO work
  • UK and European prosecution
  • Preparing responses to reports from patent examiners
  • Discussing inventions and processes with scientific staff to ascertain patent application viability
  • Researching scientific and/or technical documents, including previously granted patents, to assess whether an invention is new and innovative
  • Advising on potential IP infringements
  • Working with solicitors and barristers to defend or enforce UK patents
  • Supporting litigation in proceedings at the EPO or in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC)
  • Patent valuation

Candidate profile:

Candidates should be either qualified UK and European patent attorneys, or near qualified (finalist) with the expectation of qualification within the next year to eighteen months.  Attorneys should have an academic and technical background in biotechnology.

About Silence Therapeutics

Silence Therapeutics develops a new generation of medicines by harnessing the body’s natural mechanism of RNA interference, or RNAi, within its cells. Their proprietary technology can selectively inhibit any gene in the genome, specifically silencing the production of disease causing proteins. Using their enabling delivery systems, they have achieved an additional level of specificity by delivering therapeutic RNA molecules exclusively to target cells. Silence’s proprietary RNA chemistries and delivery systems are designed to improve the stability of their molecules and enhance effective delivery to target cells, providing a powerful modular technology well suited to tackle life threatening diseases.

The company is located in London and Berlin with a total of around 55 employees. The majority of the scientific operation and employee base is located in Berlin with corporate headquarters in London.

Salary: Highly Competitive
Location: London
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Head of IP Support Services

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

  • Managing the existing Records and Client Services teams, ensuring an excellent and trusted service to clients and attorneys.
  • Embedding a service culture and maintaining a level of continuous improvement.
  • Responding to requests and resolving queries from clients and attorneys.
  • Managing and motivating staff across multiple locations, including supervising their priorities and workload; managing performance; and all development and coaching.
  • Ensuring deadlines are met and case information is accurately recorded.
  • Managing the budget and financial performance of the team.
  • Working closely with other support functions, especially Finance and IT, to provide an integrated service to attorneys and their teams.
  • Supporting the firm’s implementation of new Records and Document Management Systems.
  • Maintaining a regular presence in all offices, including managing local teams and liaising with Partners and attorneys.
  • Reviewing and improving existing processes and structures, implementing changes to improve service and increase efficiency.
  • Working as a key member of the transformation project, and establishing the capacity and capability to take on additional tasks, services and responsibilities.
  • Anticipating and responding to regulatory, legislative and market developments.

Skills and experience

  • IP experience with a good understanding of Records and Renewals.
  • Ideally, experience of operational management and/or managing client services.
  • Inspirational leader and excellent communicator.
  • Track record of initiating and implementing change and process improvement.
  • Impact, credibility and gravitas at Board level.
  • Ability to influence at a Partner level with a flexible range of negotiating skills.

The Firm

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. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Bristol, although London may also be considered
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Part Qualified Patent Attorney Engineering and/or Electronics

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. 

Salary: Aggressively Competitive
Location: Midlands
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Chemistry Patent Attorney (Finalist/Newly Qualified)

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:

  • Broad mix of clients across pharmaceutical, industrial chemistry and chemical engineering.
  • Excellent balance of work between original drafting, prosecution and contentious work.
  • Culture of allowing all attorneys exposure to clients early in their career as well as developing networking and business development skills such as attending networking events and conferences.

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.

Salary: £50-70,000 (qualification dependant)
Location: London
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IP Director (equiv. Partner Designate)

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.

Read more about working at Swindell and Pearson.

Salary: Competitive
Location: Derby
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Patent Attorneys, Electronics, Engineering, Physics and /or Software

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.

Marks & Clerk is keen to give you the opportunity to test the assertions made here.

It can be stressful moving firms.  Our aim is to make the process as stress free as possible.  At Fellows and Associates we realise that sometimes you would prefer to chat informally to help decide if this is a career avenue you wish to pursue.  Therefore, call us, ask questions; we will be happy to answer them and put you in touch with a relevant contact at Marks & Clerk if we can’t.

Salary: Market Competitive
Location: M&C offices across the UK
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