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Trade Mark Paralegal, Major International Law Firm, Dubai

Our client are seeking two paralegals to fit within their existing IP practice in Dubai.  You will have an excellent understanding of trade mark formalities process and be adaptable to learn local and international IP law accordingly.  Dubai offers a tax-free earning model and the firm will also provide visas and help source accomodation for you and your family if you are moving from outside of the UAE.  Typical responsibilities will include:

  • Preparing trade mark specifications for lawyer review
  • Preparing trade mark cost estimates and draft advice regarding filing strategy and appropriate classes
  • Receiving and considering adverse examination reports from the UAE Trade Mark Office or foreign agents
  • Preparing draft advice to clients
  • Preparing draft responses to the Trade Mark Office or to agents
  • Preparing reminder or follow up letters to agents or clients
  • Preparing first drafts of notices of opposition and counter statements for the UAE
  • Compiling availability search results and presenting results in letter or table format to lawyers
  • Preparation of documents including preparation of: draft Deeds of Assignment, draft Powers of Attorney and reviewing official trade mark, patent and industrial design forms for filing, acceptance, grant, annuities and recordal of changes of name / address and recordal of assignments as prepared by an IP Administrator
  • Managing the prosecution of trade mark, patent and industrial design application cases, including, prioritising according to timelines given, suggesting solutions, managing communication of proposals to clients and drafting letters to Patent and Trade Mark Offices for lawyer review
  • Compiling documents and evidence to attach to declarations or affidavits ensuring that exhibits accurately reflect the corresponding statements in the affidavit or declaration and that the document is finalised ready for execution
  • Using the IP Administrator team to ensure that instructions from lawyers to file, renew or otherwise deal with trade marks, patents and designs are carried out accurately and within the required timeframe. This also includes managing the file opening process for new matters to ensure that our procedures are followed
  • Support the allocated lawyers and Senior Paralegals in general matter administration including file organisation, dealing with invoicing queries, monitoring of deadlines, drafting of letters, assistance with client administration and liaison with other teams such as finance, translation or corporate services.
  • Organise routine billing of clients, and liaising with finance and the partners to ensure that invoices are finalised within the appropriate billing cycle and that client-specific invoicing requirements are complied with
  • Undertake or participate in projects as designated by Head of Department to benefit the group, such as reviews of systems or documenting how the group functions.

Candidates will have previous experience working as an IP Paralegal ideally with a focus on trade mark prosecution.  A knowledge of patent is also useful but not essential.  Formal legal or paralegal qualification is desirable but not essential.  You do not need to have previously worked in the Middle East, experience in any major IP jurisdiction will be considered.  Fluency in English is essential.

Salary: Highly Competitive and Tax Free
Location: Dubai
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Finalist, Physics

Not everyone is looking for a radical change when they move jobs. You might just fancy a change of scenery, a little more or a little less of a particular type of work, or maybe you’d like the opportunity to get involved in some business development or marketing for the firm. This particular opportunity is a safe bet for anyone looking to explore a move even if they’re broadly happy where they currently are – the Partners are open to an informal conversation and understand that it can just take a little tweak to really get your career back on track.

Salary: Excellent
Location: London
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Qualified Trade Mark Attorney

Plenty of ideas for growing your client base but not given the support to do so? Williams Powell are looking for a motivated trade mark attorney with a strong billing record who wants fast-track promotion to head of department.

Williams Powell are recruiting a commercially-orientated trade mark attorney to help grow their Trade Mark Department.  There is a wide range of flexibility as to the candidate they might consider but all candidates will have the desire and initiative to develop the business.  This could take the form of travel to conferences such as the INTA Annual Meeting or more bespoke business development trips.  However, candidates do not necessarily need to have a great deal of previous experience in this area.  You might for example be an associate who feels you are not entrusted with enough responsibility by your firm and who feels that your creativity and ambition are not sufficiently rewarded.

Whilst the position is one in which the firm wants you to help grow the department, it doesn’t mean there is not existing work.  In fact, the firm already has a great deal of work (with particular strength in the technology, sport and construction sectors). You will be stepping into a large portfolio and have the support of a trainee trade mark attorney and a Partner who is a trade mark attorney qualified by examination.  You will therefore be highly competent in all aspects of running a trade mark portfolio (including contentious work), have a good reputation with your existing clients and a strong billing record. There is ample work for the role to be entirely self-sustaining but the firm really wants to grow which means that, if successful, you will be involved in building the team in years to come and will have the potential to progress over time.

Candidates should be either a UK trade mark attorney, a UK solicitor with a background in transactional trade mark work or a qualified trade mark attorney from a jurisdiction outside the UK but within the European Union.  Candidates will likely have at least one year’s post qualified experience but the firm is happy to consider attorneys all the way up to and including existing Partners of other firms.  This could be a role that grows and changes over time as your experience in it develops and/or be an opportunity where you realise any unfulfilled ambitions limited by the structure and culture of your current position.

Salary: Highly Competitive
Location: London
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Mechanical Engineering, Qualified Patent Attorney

Engineering opportunities are most definitely abound north of the border. We’re recruiting for one of the leading firms in the region who can offer a new starter an accelerated career path with access to clients across a whole host of areas ranging from oil & gas and renewable energy to medical devices and clean technology. The firm works with some of the largest names and research institutes in the field, as well as start-ups paving the way for more sustainable and innovative solutions.

Salary: Very competitive
Location: Scotland
 
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