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Patent Information Specialist

This is an exciting opportunity for a patent searcher to join the IP Information group of a leading household name in the UK.

The group is responsible for responding to search requests originating from both the Research Design and Development (RDD) and IP departments and analysing technical information relating primarily to the company’s products that are currently in development.  You will also provide regular intelligence on competitor activity, safeguarding the protection of the company’s IP portfolio and ensuring that there is no infringement of third party IP rights.

The role is a new addition to the team and has been created due to a heavy investment in the RDD department, both in terms of staff members and new product research, resulting in the amount of searches undertaken by the Information group significantly increasing.

Ideal candidates will have an academic background in an engineering or science discipline and have some experience of patent searching and working with patent information sources. You will have sound analytical abilities and be able to formulate, present and evaluate search strategies in a confident and efficient manner. 

Salary: up to £35,000
Location: South West

Biotechnology Partner/Partner Designate

Whether you’re an existing or aspiring Partner searching for a challenging and proactive role, this position offers considerable independence and responsibility from day one, as well as a strong prospect for career development.

In light of recent successes, an established and leading UK firm with a national and international reputation for excellence is looking to increase its biotechnology work capacity, and is therefore seeking an exceptional candidate to lead their pre-existing biotechnology practice. The team works closely with the chemistry group, which are at the forefront of patent prosecution and SPC proceeding work, and are well known for their wide ranging experience before the EPO.

You will be responsible for further developing existing relationships, as well as building new ones by actively visiting clients, and carrying out marketing activities including hosting patent seminars. A practical approach to the acquisition of new clients will be required, with the aim of increasing the biotechnology team’s fee earning capability. Although the firm benefits from an extensive direct client work portfolio, you will nevertheless be given the opportunity to take charge of the biotechnology case load. It is likely that you will be responsible for providing professional services, including the full scope of patent issues, and you will also spend time handling and advising on contentious matters - corroborating with direct client’s in-house teams and associates overseas. 

This is a fantastic opportunity to become established in a practice where potential is celebrated and career progression is encouraged. The working environment is one that is both supportive and cohesive, and the firm places a great deal of importance on information sharing, in order to ensure that the best possible service is provided to their clients. As well undertaking the responsibilities already discussed, your budget will enable you to be fully immersed in the wider biotechnology sector, as the firm will ensure that it allows for broader ventures such as writing articles and attending conferences and lectures. 

Ideal candidates will be able to demonstrate a heightened level of commercial acumen, intellect and professionalism; will have a background in biotechnology; and be comfortable handling the full extent of associated subject matter. You will need to be both UK and European qualified, and possess a demonstrable track record of career success. This is an extremely hands on role and will offer the successful candidate a unique chance to demonstrate their capabilities.

Salary: £Six Figures
Location: London

Finalist, up to 2 Years’ PQE, Chemistry

This is a very exciting opportunity to join a firm with serious ambitions for its London operation. This role would really suit someone looking for variety of both client work and technical mix and who enjoys some of the commercial aspects of the job. The firm offers genuine career advancement and a fulfilling time whilst achieving your goals. They are a leading name within the Intellectual Property sector and their client base will allow you to be at the forefront of some of the most innovative developments in the chemical field.  The firm's practice deals with a significant amount of oppositions and appeals work across the whole gamut of chemistry and pharmaceutical intellectual property.

Chemistry positions have been relatively scarce in the last 12 months and opportunity with the career advancement that this role presents are rare indeed.  We are happy to have an informal chat through the specifics of the position so please give us a call.

Salary: £50-£75,000
Location: London

Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

Work in an established office with an impressive portfolio of clients, ranging from sole inventors, SMEs and start-up ventures to leading household names. The new addition will support the Partners in the management of the office and assist with their client portfolio, as well as seeking out and securing new business with the support of the dedicated marketing department.

You will be responsible for managing your own practice and duties will including advising on all aspects of trade marks issues, including copyright, common law, business/domain name and design matters; filing and prosecuting oppositions, invalidity and revocation proceedings and appeals before the UKIPO and OHIM; and liaising with the support and administrative staff on recordals and billing matters.

Ideal candidates are hoped to be qualified in the UK and have experience working both independently and collaborating within a team. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: the North

Qualified Patent Attorney, Electronics/Engineering

A leading private practice has recently secured an impressive new client and is growing their electronics team with an additional qualified patent attorney as a result. There is an established portfolio for both direct clients and agency work, originating from the recently acquired client and also from the existing team.

Responsibilities will include original drafting and prosecution in the UK and Europe, as well as liaising with and instructing foreign agents on the protection of your clients’ IP in jurisdictions overseas. You will be expected to work closely with your clients in the initial identification of IP and provide ongoing strategic advice and support throughout the full IP lifecycle. Although business development is not essential in building your practice when you join (as it is already quite substantial) it is hoped that you will be comfortable in assisting in the future acquisition of new clients to expand the team’s fee earning capabilities.

Ideal candidates will be dual qualified in the UK and Europe, although those qualified in a single jurisdiction may also be considered. You will have around 1-2 years' post qualification experience and a strong academic background with a 1st class degree or a 2:1 in mechanical engineering, electronics, physics or a related discipline.

Salary: Competitive
Location: the North

Newly Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

Join one of the most highly ranked trade mark teams in the UK and work with a varied portfolio of sole inventors, SMEs and multinational conglomerates across a range of technologies including food and drink; hospitality; maritime and aviation; pharmaceuticals and medical equipment; entertainment; industry and manufacturing; fashion, cosmetics and toiletries; chemicals and petroleum; sports and leisure; courier services and logistics; and charitable organisations.

You will work closely with your clients on the initial creation and ongoing protection of distinctive brands and advise them on international and commercial strategy. You will work both offensively and defensively on trade mark enforcement both in the UK and overseas and manage an extensive portfolio of prosecution, appeals and oppositions. Additional responsibilities will include auditing and conducting clearances and searches; assisting in due diligence, domain name protection and disputes; and providing infringement advice.

The Trade Mark team is extremely visible in the IP world and actively participates in a number of networking events and conferences, as well as providing lectures and presentations to the wider IP and legal industry, clients and prospective new business.

Ideal candidates will be newly qualified, with around one years’ post qualification experience. The role can be based either in central London or in the Home Counties. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: South

Sales Manager, IAM Software

Anaqua is continuing their impressive expansion scheme with the appointment of a mid-level sales professional who will be responsible for the ongoing growth of the company’s client portfolio, as well as providing creative support and performing administrative duties for the Sales department.

You will be managing your own sales pipeline, including initial lead generation; cold calling and email; preparing and presenting sales reports and product demonstrations; and the ongoing liaison with established and potential new business. Your main focus area will be Anaqua’s Express product line, which provides full life-cycle solutions for managing inventions, patents, trade marks and other intellectual assets and caters to smaller IP teams either operating independently or within a larger company.

Anaqua can offer a unique opportunity to a candidate who has proven sales experience and is striving for a dynamic and fast growing working environment. They encourage their sales personnel to be involved in all aspects of the organisation and treat all team members as valued contributors to the future direction of the business. This is an exciting time for the company with their continuing growth cementing their reputation as a leading provider of IAM software to the corporate and legal market.

Ideal candidates will have around 1 - 3 years’ experience in sales and be educated to degree level. Prior experience of Intellectual Property and a working knowledge of Salesforce.com would be a benefit but is not required in order to apply. This is an in-house sales role based in Anaqua’s head office in Boston and so no regular travel is required.


Salary: Excellent
Location: Boston, USA

Sales Associate/Territory Manager, IAM Software

Work with market leaders such as Microsoft, the Coca Cola Company, Ford Motor Company, HP, Diageo and NXP Semi-Conductors and be part of one of the fastest growing software providers to the Intellectual Property profession.

Anaqua has recently received a significant investment in order to facilitate their growth in new and emerging markets, as well as to further develop their established portfolio of services. The company works closely with global businesses in order to streamline their workflows, implement industry best practices; and collaborates with them throughout the Intellectual Asset Management lifecycle. 

You will be responsible for continuing to grow Anaqua’s impressive client list and educate businesses on which of the four software products available will best suit their needs. Contact with prospective new business will be made via email, telephone, and in person, and once interest is shown, you will be expected to capture any and all information needed in order to develop an understanding of their needs and how Anaqua can fulfil them. You will act as a point of contact for those who are not in a position to engage with Anaqua’s services at that time, and encourage an open dialogue so that interest can be maintained and possibly cultivated at a later date.

Ideal candidates will be degree educated and have 5 - 7 years’ experience working in a sales environment. You will be confident in presenting yourself and Anaqua’s services over the telephone and in writing, and will be able to effectively communicate the working ethos of the Anaqua brand in a succinct manner. Knowledge of software, Intellectual Property, and/or experience on using CRM software is highly desirable but is not required. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: USA

Product Marketing Manager, IAM Software

Anaqua, a leading provider of Intellectual Asset Management software and services to the corporate and legal market, is further expanding their team with a marketing specialist to help develop and support their ongoing sales and product marketing efforts.

You will be responsible for developing sales and marketing tools and training material, including demonstration scripts, presentations, cheat sheets, solution briefs and datasheets etc., as well as using these tools in delivering effective pitches to clients. You will work closely with established and prospective clients and ensure that they are provided with all the necessary sales and marketing information needed in order to help secure and continue their business. There will be the opportunity to participate in the Anaqua on line community and play a key role in supporting and representing the company at regional marketing events. Additional duties will include monitoring and reporting on competitor activity and liaising with both the in house and field sales and marketing teams.

Ideal candidates will have around 2 - 5 years’ experience working in a product marketing or inside sales role in the software industry, possess a strong technical acumen and be comfortable with some work related travel. It is hoped you will be educated to degree level and a familiarity of Intellectual Property, although not a prerequisite to apply, is highly desirable. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Boston, USA

In-house Patent Attorney, Electronics or Engineering

Work for a leading British institution and be at the forefront of innovation.

There is a growing work load due to heavy investment being made in the company’s Research, Design and Development (RDD) projects and, as a result, Dyson is seeking another patent attorney to join the team 

The role will involve a significant amount of drafting work (mainly mechanical subject matter) and prosecution, competitor search and analysis and the opportunity to provide strategic IP advice that could impact the future direction of the company. You will work closely with the RDD and product development teams, advising on IP issues right from the initial product conception through to its launch to market. The work is stimulating and challenging and the environment is characterised by energy, enthusiasm and initiative.

Applicants are anticipated to be finalist level or newly qualified (UK and/or EQE). You must be comfortable communicating effectively with both IP and non IP personnel and be assertive in your decision making and recommendations.

The role is based in Dyson’s headquarters in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.

Salary: Excellent
Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Intellectual Property Counsel, Open Source Software

Have you been searching for a role where you can utilise and further hone your unique skill set? Are you struggling to feel challenged and become stifled in your current working environment? This role may be exactly what you have been looking for.

A US based leading provider of open source technology need a qualified patent attorney to help continue their IP team’s seamless blend of highly technical experience, specialised legal backgrounds and an enthusiasm and drive to help pioneer the next technological breakthrough.  

There is an energetic and fluid working environment where continuous contribution is encouraged and all members are seen as part of a collective goal. The IP issues you will be tackling will more than likely be unique to those you have encountered in the past.

You will be responsible for liaising with a number of different departments across the company and will provide legal advice on software licensing issues, in particular open source software and commercial licensing. You will be looked to for support on open source compliance and risk management, as well as for advice on relevant community and governmental projects and any arising Intellectual Property issues that may occur.

This role is seen as integral to the future development of the company and you will be given the chance to help steer its strategic direction as an advisor, advocate and innovator. There will be the opportunity to actively participate in the IP and wider open source legal community through attendance at conferences, writing for relevant publications and speaking at industry events.  

Ideal candidates will be US qualified patent attorneys, however those who are qualified elsewhere, have the relevant experience and are prepared to relocate to the US in the long term will also be considered. The role requires an attuned knowledge of software, in particular open source software, and experience advising on legal issues surrounding this subject.


Salary: Excellent
Location: US

Foundation Level Trainee, Engineering/Electronics, £30-£35,000

This firm is able to offer you the security that is only afforded by a reputation built through years of impeccable service but with an approach that views the IP profession through fresh eyes.

They have been actively growing their team with additional members, as opposed to replacements, and are now in need of an experienced trainee to work within their Electronics or Engineering team (or both).

The close knit working environment will allow you to gain early experience in all patent duties, including the drafting and prosecution of European, British and PCT patent applications; representing clients at the European Patent Office; offering strategic advice and managing highly valuable IP portfolios. There will be the opportunity to travel to meet clients locally in the UK and overseas, in particular Japan and the US.

The Engineering and Electronics teams cover a wide range of technology, including display devices and touch screens, ink jet printer technology; wireless communication devices; pumps and compressors; medical devices; mobile device technology; sensing devices; music synthesisers; electrical circuit design; software; signal, data and image processing and encoding; semiconductors; solid state memories and disk drives; and printers and consumables.

Ideal candidates will have around a years’ experience in the profession and will completing/completed the Queen Mary course or similar, although those with 6 months’ experience plus will also be considered. 

Salary: £30-£35,000
Location: London
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