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05 Jun 2024

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. This is a full time, permanent position based in one of our UK offices: London (preferred), Bristol, Sheffield or Warwick. Hybrid working options, including working from home, are available.

In this role, your responsibilities will include:

  • Advising clients on securing appropriate IP protection
  • 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
  • Drafting specifications for complex technical inventions
  • 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
  • Developing the relationship with our current clients and bringing in new business

About You

To join us as a Part-Qualified Chemical Patent Attorney, you’ll need:

  • A part-qualified (UK or European) Patent Attorney. Recently qualified candidates will also be considered
  • A strong academic or industry record in chemistry, ideally in organic, pharmaceutical or green 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.

  • Job Type: Experienced Job
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Chemistry, Life Sciences
  • Experience Level: Part Qualified 1-3 Years
  • Job Reference: 0161
  • Location: Bristol, London, Sheffield, or Warwick
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Start Date: Immediate
  • Date Posted: 24 Apr 2024
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