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A market leader in IP software and services solutions is recruiting a newly appointed Client Director to help assist a key client in their international portfolio. The role is integral to the development of their London operation, providing strategic account management and operational support in relation to the company’s full range of products and services.
Responsibilities will include:
Ideal candidates will be educated to degree level and have around eight years’ experience working in a client facing role in the software solutions space. A background in intellectual property/IAM is not essential, however prior knowledge or the strong willingness to learn will be highly beneficial. There will be some overseas and local travel required to visit clients, attend industry events and liaise with the company’s other offices. The position is to be based in London, however remote working from either France or Germany may be considered.
This role offers a huge amount of diversity in terms of client portfolio with a cross section of work including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, food chemistry, polymers, oligonucleotides, organic LEDs, semiconductors, metallurgy, batteries, and process chemistry.
You will be supporting a very high profile Partner who has substantial experience in complex prosecution work, EPO oppositions, patent litigation and advisory work.
The ideal candidate will be part way through their training and will have the Certificate in IP/Foundation papers. The firm will provide substantial support in respect to training and giving you an all round experience that will help further your career.
Culturally the firm is very different to most private practices in London. They have a focus on commercial and strategic thinking, and push their staff at all levels to have interactions with clients and develop their own interests.
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If you’re an attorney with an electronics background we have a wide variety of options available, yes, at newly qualified, but also part qualified and all the way up to senior associate and beyond.
For existing Partners or those aspiring to be so, this opportunity offers a chance to relocate to Dublin and be part of a fast-developing firm. The practice is very open minded in regards to technical background and whilst a client following would be ideal there is a huge amount of flexibility on what this might mean (from a good contact base with potential but no initially demonstrable income to a full portfolio of work). The firm is keen to grow further and wants new hires to be actively involved in shaping the future of the firm. They have a strong brand and commercial approach, and will provide significant resources to aid your move and help you develop your practice.
The firm are innovators, keen to grow and keen to invest in that growth by ensuring that everyone receives a fair share. They have a progressive culture with a very well balanced demographic mix.
European qualified patent attorneys from any European jurisdiction will be considered.
We are working with a leading British IP firm which is seeking to expand its life sciences/pharma team by appointing an additional Partner or Of Counsel.
The firm has an excellent profile within life sciences/pharma and is known for its opposition and litigation work, as well as high value prosecution and strategic due diligence advice. The existing team deals with many of the top-ranking pharma and biotech companies.
This appointment is a key part of the firm’s strategy for its continued development, and is responsive to a combination of growing client portfolios, which require additional senior level expertise. A client following is desirable, although this need not be substantial.
The successful applicant will be influential in helping to define client acquisition strategy and will play an active role in business development. In addition, the appointee will play a vital role in mentoring trainees and attorneys in their early career, encouraging cross-departmental collaborations, and working closely with the management team in ensuring the procedures in place reflect the current needs and interests of the firm and its staff.
Well-resourced and with a forward thinking approach to areas such as marketing, HR and management, the firm prides itself on its non-hierarchical, modern working environment. This has contributed to significant recent growth, including six new Partner appointments in the last 18 months and the acquisition of a synergistic IP valuation practice. Candidates seeking part-time and/ or flexible working conditions are also encouraged to apply.
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.