Patents

Attorney roles

Graham Watt & Co LLP have an opportunity for a part qualified or newly qualified Attorney specialising in Mechanical Engineering to join our small and successful practice. Ideally the role is for a permanent and full time position.

Required Skills and expertise:

  • Be a part qualified or newly qualified E.P. and U.K. Patent Attorney;

  • Ability to translate complex IP issues into easily understandable terms and to communicate these effectively both orally and in writing;

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to manage and prioritise own workload;

  • Excellent relationship management;

  • Ability to provide commercially focused advice;

  • Team player;

  • Strong communication skills and customer-oriented;

  • Experience in EPO prosecution would be an advantage;

  • R&D or design experience in industry would be an advantage.

Your workload will include:

  • Drafting and filing of applications for patents and designs to meet the required legal standards and to obtain an optimum degree of protection;

  • Provision of solution-orientated legal advice on questions relating to patent management, infringement and validity, conflicts and disputes with third parties;

  • Advising on issues relating to filing, prosecution, validity, legal opinions and management of the foreign patent and designs portfolio;

  • Provision of advice on the IP content of confidentiality agreements, development agreements, licences and other contracts.

The positions will involve a varied caseload, under initial supervision.  The successful candidates will be given autonomy from an early stage and encouraged to be involved in practice development.  The practice is a small and friendly, with a supportive environment: we are looking for the right person to join our team, who can add experience and bring an enthusiastic work ethic.

Support Team

Trade Mark Secretary (Maternity cover)

The successful Trademark Secretary will be working primarily with one assigned Trademark Attorney, assisting them with their work and official correspondence and more generally with file management in hard files on our Document Management System. We are searching for someone who can hit the ground running and able to start mid-May, therefore it is essential that the Trademark Secretary has:

  • Prior knowledge of filing any relevant forms at the UK IPO / EU IPO and WIPO including new applications, oppositions, changing representative and requesting extensions;

  • Experience reporting acceptance, publication and registration certificates for UK, EU and foreign trade marks;

  • Diarising, monitoring and updating fee earners deadlines in a document management system and actioning tasks resulting from the diary;

  • Assisting with trade mark watch notices and trade mark searches;

  • Liaising with foreign trade mark agents and obtaining cost estimates.

Qualifications

  • CITMA trade mark administrators/paralegal course would be a benefit but not essential

  •  General knowledge of Trademarks with at least 1 years’ experience providing support on Trademark matters

  • Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills 

  • Able to prioritise between tasks and deadlines that have been assigned 

  • Motivated, proactive and able to work unsupervised when Attorney is not in the office