Engineering/Mechanical Engineering Part-Qualified Patent Attorney

Bath & Cardiff

Vacancy: Patent Attorney

Discipline: Engineering/Mechanical Engineering

Technologies: Ability to work in the fields of mechanical engineering including fluid mechanics, electromechanical systems, robotics, control systems, materials engineering, manufacturing.

Seniority: Part-Qualified

Preferred minimum level of qualification: 1st Class Bachelors/Masters

EIP tech group: EIP Dynamics

Term: Permanent

Working hours: Full-time

About EIP

EIP is an award-winning specialist patent firm with offices in Europe and the US and combines patent attorneys, litigators and commercial IP lawyers to provide clients with a seamless service. EIP has an impressive global client base from SMEs to multinational blue-chip companies and includes telecoms owners, major software developers, pharma and biotech companies, medical device manufacturers, aerospace and logistics companies.

EIP has been recognised for its expertise across legal directories and awards. For the third year in a row, EIP has been ranked in the FT's list of Europe’s Leading Patent Law Firms. In 2021, EIP received gold ranking in six categories. For the past four years, EIP has also been named as Managing IP’s ‘UK Patent Contentious Firm of the Year’.

Diversity is an intrinsic part of EIP’s business culture. We are proud to support the IP Inclusive initiative and we are a signatory to the IP Inclusive Charter. EIP actively engages in diversity efforts and is committed to developing an attitude of openness for the benefit of all those working in the IP profession.  

EIP has a friendly, progressive, and mutually supportive working environment.

About EIP Dynamics

EIP Dynamics is our mechanical and electrical engineering practice, which advises start-ups, SMEs and multinationals in a wide range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, marine, transport & logistics, household appliances, computer hardware, consumer goods, packaging, and 2D and 3D printing.

The team, located in the UK and the US, work closely with companies to get a deep understanding of their businesses and markets and help them achieve their commercial objectives by obtaining tailored patent protection, defending patent rights when their validity is attacked, and managing risks posed by third-party patent rights.

About the vacancy

EIP Dynamics, the mechanical and electrical engineering arm of EIP, are looking for a new part-qualified patent attorney to join the Bath office. The practice is continuing to develop at a rapid rate and we are looking for a talented professional to help out with increased work demands from existing clients and new work demands from recent client acquisitions.

Typically, the subject-matter of the technical work will include (but is not limited to) manufacturing, transport (e.g. marine and aeronautical), packaging, and consumer product technologies. This is almost exclusively direct client work on behalf of UK-based and multinational companies across various sectors.

A not insignificant portion of the work will be drafting patent applications, with prosecution and advice work (such as freedom-to-operate, infringement & validity) making up much of the remainder. There is scope to handle registered designs work. Opportunities also arise to undertake a part-time secondment to some of our UK-based clients.

We are particularly keen to hear from those interested in our Bath location, although Cardiff is also an option.

Skills, experience & qualifications

The successful candidate would be on track of qualifying as a UK and European Patent Attorney. We would expect candidates to have passed the UK foundation exams (or QMW or Bournemouth equivalent) and to have sat, or be about to sit, some of the UK or European final exams. An academic background in engineering and mechanical matters is essential, with any experience touching on electrical and high-tech inventions being helpful, though not essential. Any practical experience of engineering would be an advantage.

You will be comfortable working in a modern, fast-paced environment where you are given a level of autonomy to do your work.

Given the make-up of the work available, we are particularly interested in candidates who have drafted a lot of patent applications in the mechanical and/or electromechanical space. Experience of working with direct clients would be beneficial, but not essential.

Successful candidates will also be able to demonstrate the following:

  • An appropriate professional attitude (personable, well prepared, flexible and enthusiastic)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to express complex ideas clearly and concisely, and the ability to structure a precise and coherent argument
  • Ability to deal with a variety of people at different levels
  • Ability to balance knowledge of intellectual property law against commercial requirements
  • Ability to work under pressure, which may be the result of competing and inflexible deadlines when working for more than one client at the same time
  • Excellent research and presentation skills
  • Self-motivation, and the ability to manage own workload
  • Meticulous attention to detail, and an analytical mind
  • Initiative and the ability to act independently

Other information

With our state-of-the-art paperless systems, we offer hybrid working, three days in the office and two from home.

The firm has a friendly, progressive and mutually supportive working environment along with a smart casual dress policy and stylish modern offices.

Equal opportunities

EIP is an equal opportunities employer that values diversity and welcomes applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religious practice or any other perceived differences.

If you would like to be considered for this position, please email your CV and Cover Letter to careers@eip.com, providing information about your notice period, current package, and salary expectation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the talent team.

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