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Patent Analyst

Join one of the largest Intellectual Property outfits in the UK as a patent analyst and provide invaluable support to a highly experienced team of patent and trade mark attorneys working across all technical disciplines.

You will be responsible for conducting a wide range of research based tasks, such as patent, trade mark and design searches; legal status and family searches; IP analytics, landscape and competitor intelligence studies; preparing business and IP profiles of companies for use in tenders; IP case law; and ordering copies of literature citations.

You will play an important internal role in the firm, providing IP advice, training and support to your colleagues in the Information Services team, as well as working closely with clients in maintaining their active patent watch databases and keeping up to date with competitor and third party search firm activity. There will also be an opportunity to become involved in marketing activities through writing and distributing the weekly in-house newsletter and pitching relevant patent search services to the decision makers within your team.

Ideal candidates will be degree educated in a science or engineering related field and possess a high level of I.T skills, with experience of MS Office, in-house systems and IP search tools and databases. Prior experience of performing a variety of complex patent and bibliographic IP searches and a solid understanding of patent law and procedure is required. 

Salary: Competitive
Location: Midlands

Sales Coordination Assistant and Inside Sales

IP Sales Inc. is a subsidiary of Valipat S.A., a Belgium based provider of administrative services to attorneys and paralegals working in intellectual property (IP) law firms or IP departments of corporations.  Valipat assists these organizations to handle administrative processes related to examination and grant proceedings of IP rights worldwide, in particular with respect to PCT national stage entry and European patent validations.  IP Sales promotes and markets the services of Valipat in the USA.

IP Sales are recruiting a key developmental role to support their operation in the United States.  The position has a great deal of variety and is an opportunity to develop your career with a fast growing and exciting business.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Assisting the Vice President of Sales in the daily coordination of the work of the team in the USA as well as supporting him for the organization of marketing related projects
  • Providing support to the field sales team, working with them to plan the outreach strategy
  • Liaising with Valipat head office in Brussels, Belgium on various matters and projects
  • Undergoing an extensive training program in Chicago and Brussels, Belgium
  • Possibility of attending trade shows across the USA
  • Developing your knowledge of Valipat’s services
  • Recording all customer interactions in a CRM system
  • Approaching patent attorneys and their paralegals and administrative staff to stimulate interest in Valipat’s services and securing appointments for the field sales team through targeted, outbound calling and emailing
  • Contacting clients in the locality of any trade show or conference that the field sales team are attending

Ideal candidate attributes:

  • Self-driven, customer focused, team player with a positive attitude
  • Whilst it is not a requirement, knowledge of the legal industry, patents and intellectual property would be highly regarded
  • BA/BS degree with previous experience assisting field sales people would be preferable
  • Client focused, customer service driven individual who enjoys the challenge of some telesales

Training will be provided on-site in Chicago and in Belgium at Valipat’s headquarters in Brussels.  The chosen candidate will spend several weeks in Belgium undergoing training.  The position will be based on a 5 day working week with some flexibility required.

The remuneration for this position includes a fixed base salary, bonus, 10 days paid vacation, paid sick leave and assistance with private health care.

Salary: Competitive
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Part Qualified/Finalist Patent Attorney, Electronics

This firm’s electronics department is in a fairly unusual position.  They are growing quickly but they still have room for individuality.  They have a broad scope of work mixed across international corporations, small and medium businesses and some highly complex cutting edge technology.  They can offer more breadth of experience than a typical patent attorney role, with the potential to be involved in much more contentious IP work and possibly commercial IP such as licensing.  They are small enough to be able to offer considerable flexibility in respect to how your career develops.  But then they are large enough to work with some very exciting projects and have an extensive base of international contacts. 

They have an excellent team and have actively recruited some of the best attorneys in London from some of their competitors.  They have really thought through how your role will develop, who you will be working with to gain a fully rounded experience and what your career will look like once you qualify.  Whilst their training will be excellent they will endeavour to give you exposure to work beyond the scope you initially need to ensure that you have the commercial skills required to build a client base of your own at some point in the future.   Culturally they are unlike the vast majority of London firms so if you want something quite different from your existing environment they will have a great deal to offer.

Salary: Negotiable
Location: London

Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

It can be difficult planning your future career once qualified. Do you wait it out and hope the firm make good on their promise of promotion? Do you jump ship to the next available opportunity only to find yourself well and truly stuck once more? Or do you call us and consider this opportunity to play a leading role in the succession plan of a highly reputable firm in London? I know which one we would choose.

There is a portfolio of work ready and waiting for you, however if you’re keen to tailor your clients to reflect your strengths and interests (or bring some along with you) then that’s OK too. The firm encourages a highly collaborative environment, with the opportunity to contribute to or even swap client work between colleagues, and an interesting mix of direct client and agency work which will certainly keep you busy.

Responsibilities will include mentoring trainees throughout their qualification; offering strategic advice on registrations, including due diligence, competitor watches and prior art; filing, prosecution and renewal of applications; contentious matters such as opposition and cancellation actions, and negotiating settlements; and domain name disputes, infringement and passing off.

Ideal candidates will have a few years’ post qualification experience, although those at Senior Associate level itching for more responsibility will also be considered.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London

Part Qualified/Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

A leading firm with both a UK and European presence is growing their practice in the Midlands with an additional hire into their Trade Marks team. The firm has a relaxed approach to business, allowing their reputation and established client base to sustain their continued success, supplemented with local and international travel in order to build their varied portfolio even further.

This is a unique opportunity to become a key player in this firm’s future and benefit from guaranteed career progression as part of their succession planning. You will be working alongside extremely experienced Partners across a range of sectors, including construction, fashion and beauty, and software. Duties will include, but will not be limited to, advising on trade mark, domain name, validity and infringement matters; filing and prosecuting trade mark applications; maintaining your clients’ trade mark portfolios and identifying areas for further development; and  participating in oppositions, enforcement and other contentious matters.

There is a degree of flexibility in the level of candidate the firm will consider, with focus being placed on finding a motivated trade marks professional who is looking to be integral to the development of the firm they join. With this in mind, candidates with around 18 months' experience in the profession up to those at Senior Associate level will be considered. 

You will take the lead on how your career develops, with as much (or as little) involvement from the Partners and other fee earners as you like. There is a generous flexitime policy, a substantial support system provided by a team of skilled paralegals and an extensive range of benefits to boot. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Midlands

Operations Manager – Intellectual Property Recordals

Lead the Recordals Division for this innovative Brussels' based business.  Whilst you will have a thorough and extensive knowledge of the recordals process, you will also exhibit commercial skills.  You will enjoy the opportunity to manage people, work through a budget and provide considered creative solutions to clients as well as working with an extensive supplier base.  

We feel this role would suit a candidate with circa 5 years’ experience working within an IP recordals role (or a role with significant recordal work) for a private practice IP firm, an IP owner or a service provider to the IP sector.  However, you might also be a Patent Attorney considering a change of career or someone similar considering a move within IP but away from their current position.  Whilst you won’t necessarily be a computer super-user you will have a good level of familiarity with major software such as Microsoft Excel and certainly will not be afraid of adapting to new software products.  Much of the role will require diplomacy – you should enjoy talking to people, resolving issues and building a contact base (although this is by no means a sales role, being able to work with clients and maximise commercial opportunity would be highly beneficial).   You will necessarily be a highly organised person and love to implement new methodologies in order to streamline your team.  You will love getting the most from your team.  You will be directly responsible for two reports and you should be able to motivate them as well as be patient in developing their technical knowledge via a training programme that you will develop. 

As a key member of the organisation you will be instrumental in the development of this department and will be active in its promotion internally and externally which will require reporting to management and working with teams from other department on specific client projects.

This position is based in Brussels.   However, as the business operates internationally they would expect that you are able to communicate in English to a very high standard.  Other languages would be beneficial but are not required.  You will have considerable experience of recordal work (i.e. at least 50% of your current responsibilities should be focussed in this area) and will have excellent attention to detail.



Salary: To be discussed
Location: Brussels, Belgium

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
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