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Part Qualified Patent Attorney, Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering

One of Europe’s largest patent and trade mark firms has recently seen an increase in its mechanical/aerospace engineering caseload on behalf of an established client. In response, it is looking to grow its capacity to meet the client’s requirements with the addition of a part qualified patent attorney. 

Academic prowess is important to the firm; the ideal candidate will therefore have a very good degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering from a top university, as well as solid A Level grades. Strong candidates with a background in general engineering or physics will also be considered.

The firm is commercially driven and takes a hands on approach to all matters, allowing the successful candidate to gain substantial direct client experience. The majority of your work will be in drafting and prosecution on behalf on the aforementioned high profile client, although you will also be given ample opportunity to build your own practice and add to your oppositions experience. The firm prides itself on the excellent training and guidance that it provides to its staff, which is facilitated by the friendly and supportive working environment that it also offers.

Ideal candidates will have around 2 years' experience in the profession overall, however those with a little more (up to 2 year's PQE) will also be considered. The firm will consider remote/flexible working, so if you’re not based in Brighton, don’t fancy travelling to the office every day, or prefer to work from a variety of locations – this opportunity could be one for you. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Brighton
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Newly Qualified Patent Attorney, Physics/Electronics/Computing

Get to grips with your own fair share of work and get your hands dirty with this interesting opportunity offered by a quietly confident firm. You will become acquainted with high profile and high quality clients, and be offered significant responsibility from the off. Gain all that it is needed in your arsenal, with ample support and training on hand to ensure you fully develop into a successful patent attorney.  

Your portfolio will include direct clients based both in the UK and overseas, and will consist mainly of start-ups and SMEs – allowing you to work as closely as you like to the inventors and become an integral part of their IP plans. A lot of your work will be face-to-face, meaning solid interpersonal and communication skills are essential, and will involve you will regularly meeting with clients and suggesting key strategies and plans that will shape their future policies.

A keen commercial eye is beneficial and a thirst for business development will well and truly be welcomed. There are strong ties with local businesses in the area, meaning networking will be offered both at home and at larger events across the world.

Ideal candidates will have recently qualified, however those with 2 years’ experience in the profession overall up to 2 years’ PQE will be considered. An academic background in electronics, physics, computing, mathematics or a related discipline will be required.

The firm will consider remote/flexible working, so if you’re not based in Oxford, don’t fancy travelling to the office every day, or prefer to work from a variety of locations – this opportunity could be one for you. 

Salary: Excellent
Location: Oxford
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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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