6 months ago
Our international Patents group is recognised as one of the largest and best in known in Europe. We have a strong European team and have capability to act for clients in all the main jurisdictions of the new Unified Patent Court. Highly experienced in both contentious and non-contentious patent matters, we have a wealth of experience in advising knowledge-based and technology-rich businesses across numerous industries, including pharma, biotechnology, chemicals, medical devices and equipment, automotive, telecoms, electronics and software.
Our lawyers have an excellent reputation for patent licensing and establishing R&D collaborations and joint ventures in relation to a range of patented technologies and regulatory environments, as well as for resolving contractual disputes involving such commercial relationships.
• The associate will join our Patents Group, which includes over 20 fee-earners lead by seven partners (5 contentious and 2 non-contentious).
• The work will be primarily contentious; though for the right candidate there may be opportunities to handle non-contentious patent matters too. The contentious work consists of High Court patent litigation and advising clients pre-action, plus potentially assisting with coordinated multi-jurisdictional disputes. The Patents Group has acted on a number of landmark patents cases and there will be an opportunity to be closely involved in such work. Typically, patent litigation work is in the life sciences, electronics/telecoms and mechanical/engineering. Potential non-contentious work includes drafting agreements (such as licences, research and development agreements, and distribution agreements), regulatory advice, due diligence and corporate support in the context of M&A and other transactions.
• The majority of the associate's work will be patents-related, although the associate may from time to time also be asked to assist in commercial contract work.
• The role involves client contact. Depending on experience, the associate will be expected to conduct meetings and calls independently, as well as under supervision. In addition, the associate will often be the primary point of contact when liaising with experts on contentious matters and with partners/associates in other departments on corporate transactions.
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE and EXPERIENCE
Candidates must be qualified solicitors, ideally with 2-4 years PQE, though more experienced candidates may be considered.
The following experience/skills are sought:
• A scientific background is an advantage
• At least 50% of the candidate's post-qualification experience should consist of patents work
• Self-motivation, coupled with the ability to work closely with other team members
• Strong academics and technical ability
• A commercial focus and good business development skills