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Trade Mark Attorney - Channel Islands

This is a tremendously exciting opportunity for a trade mark attorney qualified in a major international jurisdiction to move to Jersey in the Channel Islands for an excellent work-life balance and a potent mix of work.  Ideally, you will be recently qualified or, if you are within the UK system, then being almost qualified would be acceptable.

You should have an aptitude for commerciality and an interest in building business - in other words you will love networking and making new contacts. This will have an international flavour, so you will certainly be travelling to conferences and visiting new and existing clients overseas.

The firm's portfolio is diverse and includes work within developing nations making for some interesting challenges a typical trade mark attorney might not face.  This will mean that you will need to gain an appreciation for cultural differences as well as key distinctions amongst legal systems. This is a hands-on role where you will working creatively with attorneys and IPOs across the world.

You will also be encouraged to take a keen interest in the firm's systems management, contributing to its development and suggesting improvements.

The firm is flexible in relation to the qualification jurisdiction of applying applicants.  In addition to the UK, candidates from South Africa in particular may present some advantages.  In general however, experience gained from most jurisdictions will be considered.

 

Salary: TBC
Location: Jersey
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Qualified Patent Attorney, Engineering with Electronics

A small firm with big ideas needs a commercially minded attorney to help implement the next stages of their development programme. You will need to be comfortable with business development and be able to seek out new business opportunities, as well as building and maintaining strong relationships with the existing client base. There will be the encouragement to shape your own portfolio as well as an established workload in the electronics and engineering fields, including electronic circuit design, medical technology, display technology, printer technology and opto-electronics. There is excellent earning potential and career progression, with the opportunity to become involved in quasi-managerial responsibilities and contribute to the future direction of the firm. 

Salary: c. £90,000 plus a generous bonus scheme
Location: London
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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
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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
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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
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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
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