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4 open positions
  • Patent Administrator - NEW Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are currently looking to recruit a Patent Administrator, on a full-time, permanent basis. The position could be in either of the two patent administration teams.

    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.

    Ideally we are looking for experienced IP administrators who already hold the CIPA Patent Administrator qualification or are prepared to study for it. Alternatively we will consider degree level candidates who are willing and eager to learn quickly.

    Candidates should have excellent organisation 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 working across the two current teams as required but have the confidence and knowledge to be able to work independently as required.

    To apply, please email your CV and a letter of application to Jane Williams – explaining why you feel that you are suitable for this position.

    Should anyone require further information about the role, please do not hesitate to speak to HR or directly to Lucy Trueman.

  • Newly Qualified/Part Qualified and Experienced Patent Attorneys- Engineering/Physics/Software - NEW 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:

  • Trainee Patent Attorney - NEW Southampton See details
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    Job description

    Southampton – Mechanical Engineering/Physics

    We are currently looking to recruit a Trainee Patent Attorney in Southampton between now and Summer 2018.

    We are looking for graduates with a minimum 2:1 degrees in the relevant subject areas.

    Candidates 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 full experience of the profession.  Trainees are given a training budget and study leave as well as a comprehensive benefits package, which includes bonus, contributory pension scheme, life assurance, private medical insurance and permanent health insurance.

    Please send your CV and a covering letter to:-

    Human Resources, Barker Brettell LLP, 100 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 8QQ

    Or Email:

  • Renewals Clerk - NEW Birmingham See details
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    Job description

    We are currently looking to recruit a Renewals Clerk with responsibility for effectively maintaining the renewals part of the records system, processing reminders and instructions, payment of fees and updating records.

    There is a requirement in this role to deal with large volumes of work and to operate within strict timeframes. It is imperative therefore that the jobholder can be relied upon to organise and manage their own workload on a day to day basis and immediately flag issues that may compromise the renewals process or deadlines.

    The job holder will be expected to liaise regularly with both clients and fee earners so a clear and confident communication style is required, via telephone, email and face to face, together with an appreciation of the need to provide quality and accurate information at all times.

    This is a busy team and the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate pace and enthusiasm and the ability to think on their feet and multi task without impacting the quality of their work. Self-motivation and a sense of accountability for their own responsibilities will be key whilst also working effectively as part of a team.

    Ideally candidates will have some previous experience of working in a renewals or records environment where strict adherence to process and the maintenance of controls are paramount. Additionally it would be expected that they will be numerate. Knowledge of IP practices in different countries would be desirable.

    To apply, please forward your CV and letter of application to Jane Williams Head of HR, to

    Should anyone require further information about the role, please do not hesitate to speak to HR.

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We always aim to recruit capable, intelligent and enthusiastic team players who, by working effectively together, can provide exemplary client service – and at the same time, create a great place to grow. We recognise and reward effort and hard work because we know that retaining good people is essential to our present – and our future.

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all our staff and welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates.