Life Sciences Part-Qualified or Qualified Patent Attorney

Bath, Cardiff, Leeds & London

Vacancy: Part-Qualified or Qualified Patent Attorney

Discipline: Biotech / Biology / Chemistry

EIP tech group: EIP Life

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 Life

EIP Life attorneys have experience of representing the entire spectrum of organisations in the life sciences sector from academic and charitable institutions to start-ups and global healthcare companies. We are experts in obtaining, enforcing and challenging patents on behalf of our clients. We regularly get involved in due diligence projects required for investment in innovative start-ups or in preparation for a product launch.

About the vacancy

Following the appointment of Monika Rai in 2020 as Head of EIP Life, we are continuing to grow the practice and are seeking a finalist or a recently qualified patent attorney.

The EIP Life practice has been built upon direct client work, with a client base that is active in technical areas such as antibody and vaccine technology, gene therapies, regenerative medicines, bioarrays, nutraceuticals, biopolymers, microbiological engineering, small molecule pharmaceuticals and agrochemicals. With offices nationally, our clients come to us by recommendation from existing clients and due to the strength of our reputation.

We have a need to recruit a finalist or recently-qualified associate patent attorney with experience in biotechnology and/or related life science topics. With a largely direct client base, it would be helpful if applicants have experience of client care. Equally, original drafting skills would be useful but neither this nor client exposure are essential to succeed. Those who have had some exposure to or a natural flair for business development initiatives will find plenty of opportunity to use and improve those skills.

We are ideally looking to hire this position in London but welcome applications from those closer to other EIP offices.

Skills, experience & qualifications

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

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
  • 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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