Patent Attorney - Electronics and/or Software

United Kingdom
21 Jun 2018
20 Aug 2018
Role Classification
Contract Type
Experience Level
0-2yrs PQE, 2-5yrs PQE, 5+ yrs PQE

Exciting opportunities exist for Patent Attorneys with CMS, a full service law firm, as a result of our merger with Olswang and Nabarro.

About the role

We are currently looking for qualified European Patent Attorneys with a background in Electronics, Physics, Engineering and/or Software to join our successful team.

Key responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

• Patent prosecution including drafting, filing and opposition work.

• Liaising with clients and overseas attorneys.

• Undertaking legal research as and when required.

Whilst you will have a solid core of prosecution work and strategy projects to keep you busy, you will also have the opportunity to work on exciting commercial and litigation projects.

According to Chambers & Partners UK (2017 edition, London) our team was ranked as Band 2 for Patent Attorneys.

Our IP group is already one of the largest teams in Europe for patent and trade mark work. We have qualified patent attorneys working alongside IP, litigation, corporate and commercial lawyers.

This offering makes us unique in the market. We are the only full service law firm to combine patent attorneys with solicitors in this way.

About you

  • The ideal candidates will be UK and/or European qualified Patent Attorneys with a background in electronics, electrical engineering, physics and/or software. 

  • Excellent academic record – minimum 2.1 (or equivalent) – in a related discipline.
  • A background in at least one of wireless telecommunications, software, signal processing and engineering, computer implementing inventions would be advantageous.
  • Successful candidates will currently be working in private practice or an in-house role.
  • Attention to detail and thoroughness are as important as a motivated and enthusiastic attitude. 
  • Candidates should be motivated, enthusiastic and interested in developing their knowledge of IP law and patent prosecution. 
  • Good technical ability and solid drafting skills.
  • Flexible in attitude and approach to work.  Able to demonstrate effective organisational and prioritisation skills.  At times the successful candidate will be working to tight deadlines and under pressure and will be required to maintain accuracy and attention to detail.
  • Effective team player - able to work effectively in an established, close-knit team.  An enthusiastic and engaged attitude with excellent people skills and a good, clear communication style.  Able to form strong working relationships across all areas of the practice.
  • Willingness to assist across diverse technical and legal areas.
  • Language skills – French or German would be an advantage but not essential.

About us 

CMS is an international organisation with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

On the 1st May 2017, CMS, Nabarro and Olswang are combining to create a truly modern, ambitious, sector driven and technology focused firm for the future.  Together we will be the 6th largest UK law firm (by UK revenue) and the 6th largest law firm globally (by headcount) with outstanding global reach: serving 39 countries across 70 offices.

The new firm will be headquartered in the City of London with UK offices in Aberdeen, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Reading and Sheffield.

All 3 firms have very similar values running through them which will ring true after the combination.  We work hard to be a truly client-focused law firm. That means not just understanding the unique challenges of every market sector, but also providing a service that’s tailored to the needs of each client. Our partners are hands-on and work hard to get closer to clients with everything from joint training initiatives and advice surgeries to visits and social events. What’s more, our teams have the ideal balance of personality and industry expertise to suit the varied needs of our clients. 

Equal opportunities

We welcome and promote diversity among our staff and we are committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all aspects of employment practice.

If you are interested please apply online or contact Claire Keen, Recruitment Advisor, for more information.

At CMS we welcome receiving direct candidate applications via our careers page.
No agencies please unless specifically instructed.

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