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6 open positions
  • Patent Administrator, Southampton - NEW Southampton See details
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    Job description

    We are currently looking to recruit a Patent Administrator, on a full time, permanent basis to work in the Southampton administration team.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of pro- active paralegal support  to the fee earners ensuring cases are in order at all times, are actioned appropriately and on time. Responsibilities will include allocating correspondence, preparation and filing of patent and design applications, processing formality requirements and updating due dates, and producing standard and non-standard correspondence.

    We are looking for someone to join us who may have limited IP administration experience but who has paralegal or legal secretarial experience and ideally holds a law degree. What is important is that they are capable of and keen to learn quickly, are self-motivated and work well within a small team.

    Applications of course would be welcomed from experienced IP Administrators and all candidates will be expected to qualify for the CIPA Patent Administrator qualification in due course.

    Candidates should have excellent organisational skills with the ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines; methodical with a very good attention to detail and able to demonstrate good communication skills with the ability to create internal and external correspondence and confident when dealing directly with clients, fee earners, other legal firms etc.

    An enthusiastic, flexible and positive approach is key as is showing initiative in planning and thinking ahead without prompting. You should work well as part of a team and show willingness in cross team working as required but have the confidence and knowledge to be able to work independently as required.

    In return we offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes bonus and contributory pension and after qualifying periods life insurance, private medical insurance and permanent health insurance.

    To apply, please forward your CV and letter of application by email to Jane Williams recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • Patent Administrator, Birmingham - NEW Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are currently looking to recruit an experienced Patent Administrator, on a full time, permanent basis.

    The successful candidate will be responsible for providing a high level of pro- active paralegal support  to the fee earners ensuring cases are in order at all times, are actioned appropriately and on time. Responsibilities will include allocating correspondence, preparation and filing of patent and design applications, processing formality requirements and updating due dates, and producing standard and non-standard correspondence.

    We are ideally looking for an experienced IP administrator, with a comprehensive understanding of the end to end IP process including filing, publication, grant and deadlines together with familiarity of filing and managing correspondence through the UK and EUIPO websites.

    Ideally candidates will be of degree calibre and already hold the CIPA Patent Administrator qualification or are prepared to study for it.

    Exceptional candidates without specific IP experience but who hold law degrees and have paralegal or legal secretarial experience and are capable of learning quickly may also be considered.

    Candidates should have excellent organisational skills with the ability to work effectively under pressure to meet deadlines; methodical with a very good attention to detail and able to demonstrate good communication skills with the ability to create internal and external correspondence and confident when dealing directly with clients, fee earners, other legal firms etc.

    An enthusiastic, flexible and positive approach is key as is showing initiative in planning and thinking ahead without prompting. You should work well as part of a team and show willingness in cross team working as required but have the confidence and knowledge to be able to work independently as required.

    In return we offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes bonus and contributory pension and after qualifying periods life insurance, private medical insurance and permanent health insurance.

    To apply, please forward your CV and letter of application by email to Jane Williams recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • IT Operations Support Engineer - NEW Birmingham - No agencies please See details
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    Job description

    We are currently looking to recruit a permanent IT Operations Support Engineer to work within the existing IT team.

    The role is responsible for providing 2nd and 3rd line user support to all users of IT within the firm, ensuring that all IT systems and associated hardware and software is fully operational, resolving issues directly, implementing fixes and flagging issues as appropriate to the Head of IT.

    Responsibilities will include maintenance and configuration of PCs, laptops and printers, along with Server hardware, operating system and software maintenance and network hardware such as switches, firewalls and VPN routers etc. Significant IT technical support activity is required which will include, configuration and troubleshooting of application servers such as Worksite and Microsoft Exchange, email archiving and web/email filtering systems.

    The successful candidate will be expected to develop good working relationships across all levels of the firm and third party suppliers. A customer service orientation is essential. They will work with the Head of IT to ensure appropriate delegation and prioritisation of help desk activity across the IT team and assist with training and mentoring as appropriate. They will also be expected to deputise for the Head of IT as required.

    This is a highly technical role and as such well-developed and proven IT expertise is required to include comprehensive knowledge of the following:-

    • Microsoft Active Directory, DNS, DFS, DHCP and Group Policy.
    • Windows 7, 10, Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
    • NTFS and File security(permissions)
    • Office 2010, Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Outlook
    • Networking, TCP/IP including basic switch configuration, network patching, VLANs
    • Outlook email and mailbox configuration
    • Firewall technology
    • Wireless networking
    • Network and standalone printers
    • Backup and disaster recovery
    • Remote access and VPNs
    • Server virtualisation ideally VMware 5 or above
    • Common desktop applications- Chrome, Adobe Acrobat etc
    • IP telephone systems
    • Logical troubleshooting methods

    Possession of a full driving licence would be a distinct advantage.

    In return we offer a comprehensive benefits package which includes bonus and contributory pension and after qualifying periods life insurance, private medical insurance and permanent health insurance.

    To apply, please forward your CV and letter of application by email to Jane Williams recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • Biotech Attorney - NEW Birmingham - Flexible working options considered See details
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    Job description

    We are currently seeking a biotech patent attorney to work with the teams in Birmingham and Southampton. Ideally based in Birmingham although Southampton may be considered.

    We are looking for nearly qualified candidates through to those with several years post qualified experience.

    Successful candidates will work closely with the lead partner in the group and will work pro-actively to contribute towards the development of the group and of the business – an enthusiastic, dynamic and outgoing approach to work is therefore essential. The successful candidate will also have the ability to work independently and to work directly with clients and universities in the UK and overseas. There is a good body of existing work and in addition to this the successful candidates will have the brief to grow their own portfolio of clients with a view to becoming independently busy over time. An interest in marketing and business development activity would therefore be a distinct advantage.

    We offer a comprehensive benefits package including bonus, contributory pension, private medical insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, car parking and/or travel loan. Salary is dependent on experience.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • Trainee Patent Attorney Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are looking to recruit one Trainee Patent Attorney in Birmingham to start in Summer 2019.

    We are looking for a candidate with electronics, computer sciences and software degrees.

    Graduates should have a minimum 2:1 degree and should be highly motivated with good interpersonal skills. An interest in law as well as a knowledge of French or German would be advantageous.

    For all our trainee positions, a structured training programme is provided and each trainee will work directly with a qualified attorney as well as having exposure to other attorneys and support staff in order to gain a full experience of the profession.

    Trainees are given a training budget as well as a comprehensive benefits package which includes bonus, contributory pension, life insurance, private medical insurance and permanent health insurance.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

  • Newly Qualified/Part Qualified and Experienced Patent Attorneys- Engineering/Physics/Software Birmingham and Southampton - Flexible working options considered See details
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    Job description

    We are currently seeking patent attorneys with a variety of qualification levels including near and newly qualified but with engineering/physics and software backgrounds to work with the teams in Birmingham and Southampton.

    Part qualified candidates with 2-3 years experience and foundation level examinations completed will also be considered.

    Successful candidates will work closely with the lead partner in the group and will work pro-actively to contribute towards the development of the group and of the business – an enthusiastic, dynamic and outgoing approach to work is therefore essential. The successful candidate will also have the ability to work independently and to work directly with small, medium and large industrial clients and universities in the UK and overseas, as well as universities and overseas firms of Attorneys. There is a good body of existing work and in addition to this the successful candidates will have the brief to grow their own portfolio of clients with a view to becoming independently busy over time.

    We offer a comprehensive benefits package including bonus, contributory pension, private medical insurance, life insurance, permanent health insurance, car parking and/or travel loan. Salary is dependent on experience.

    For any further information, or to apply, please contact our HR Department at: recruitment@barkerbrettell.co.uk.

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