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)

We currently have a role available supporting our Trade Mark Attorney as Maternity cover. The role is primarily to support our Trade Mark fee earner in preparing and submitting documents and managing their diaries within a small team. Ideally the suitable candidate will have completed the CITMA formalities qualification, though training towards this qualification would be given to the right candidate.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in secretarial roles with good knowledge of MS Word and will have an extremely high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Formalities Manager

This role will allow you to undertake a wide range of duties, and oversee the full Patent formalities procedure end-to-end.  

The successful candidate should have patent administration experience gained from either an in-house environment or a private practice firm. Having the CIPA qualification would be an advantage. You will have an extremely high level of accuracy and attention to detail.

Duties will include:

• Preparing documentation relating to patent applications;

• Corresponding with clients and colleagues;

• Overseeing reminders and case records for the formalities team;

• Using EPOline and liaising with the UKIPO, EPO and WIPO;

• Many other case management duties.

If you would like to know more about the role or are interested in joining our team as a Formalities Manager see below for details of applying.

These positions offer a competitive salary.  Please apply with covering letter and CV to yc@grahamwatt.co.uk