Senior Associate - Patent Attorney

Withers & Rogers
May 19, 2023
Jun 16, 2023
Contract Type
About Us Withers & Rogers is one of Europe s largest dedicated intellectual property law firms, with offices across the UK, Paris, and Munich. Established more than 130 years ago, we remain as passionate as ever about making intellectual property work to our clients best advantage. Today, our clients include many renowned, innovative organisations from across Europe, North America, and Asia. We believe that our patent and trade mark attorneys, support, and operations staff have a breadth of expertise and a depth of specialist sector knowledge that is second to none. Our purpose is building trusting relationships and our vision is to be an independent, responsible, sustainably profitable, and globally focused firm, known for building trusting relationships. The Role An exciting opportunity has arisen to join the firm's Life Sciences and Chemistry team. The ideal candidate will be eager to make their mark and have a genuine excitement for business development. This is a full time, permanent position based in our London office. Hybrid working options, including working from home, are available. In this role, your responsibilities will include: – Developing the relationship with our current clients and bringing in new business – Advising clients on securing appropriate IP protection – Drafting specifications for complex technical inventions, particularly in the electronics area – Researching prior art and working directly with clients to develop creative and persuasive arguments against patent office objections – Thoroughly analysing and editing existing patent specifications to overcome objections to patent applications and attending hearings at the European Patent Office – Attacking and defending patents in EPO opposition proceedings – Researching and advising on the status, scope and validity of third–party intellectual property rights – Building a network of contacts, with a view to converting contacts to clients About You To join us as a Patent Attorney, you ll need: – Qualified UK and European Patent Attorney with four+ years post qualification experience – A strong academic or industry record in biochemistry, biotechnology or Chemistry and the ability to communicate effectively about technical concepts with the research and development teams of our clients – To be skilled in analysing and identifying the novel features and commercial potential of an invention with plenty of experience in drafting claims and responses to office actions for prosecution – Impeccable written English and first–rate communication skills with the ability to express ideas clearly and accurately – A track record of interacting effectively with staff and clients at all levels and an enthusiastic team–player with a proactive approach – A track record of building rapport with clients and developing new business Your Rewards – Competitive salary – Benefits such as healthcare cash plan and additional holiday purchase scheme – Flexible working options – Enhanced Parental Leave options – Positive and welcoming work environment Applications will be reviewed as they are received so early applications are encouraged. We foster a supportive and inclusive culture where employees are encouraged to broaden their knowledge, challenge themselves and share their ideas. If you think you have the skills to succeed, we would love to hear from you