Qualified/Part-Qualified Patent Attorney - Biotechnology

Job Reference: 00082

Location: London

Closing Date: Not Specified

Job Start Date: Not Specified

Salary: Not Specified

Contract Type: Permanent - Full Time

Practice Group / Department: Life Sciences (Biotechnology)

Hours of work: Not Specified

Biotech vacancy

We have an opportunity for a qualified or part-qualified patent attorney to join our market leading Biotechnology practice.  With increasing demands from our major international clients including Novartis, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Regeneron, CSL, Shire/Takeda and Biogen, there is never a shortage of challenging, high-value work.  The role would suit someone who enjoys the contentious environment of oppositions, appeals and patent litigation and who has an aptitude for prosecuting European applications in a thoughtful, strategic manner.

Suitable candidates will ideally have:
• An excellent academic background with an emphasis on biochemistry, immunology, molecular biology, or genetic engineering 
• Part-qualification in the UK and EQE exams through to 3 years of post-qualification experience
• An excellent command of both written and spoken English
• An ability to analyse complex matters and to think creatively to solve or circumvent problems
• Experience in the filing and prosecution of EPO applications to biotechnological subject matter, including a familiarity with sequence listings and deposit requirements
• For post-qualification candidates, an understanding of EPO opposition and appeal procedure, and experience of contentious oral proceedings
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Excellent time management skills
• A desire and an ability to work collaboratively
• A drive and a commitment to excel in both written and oral advocacy

Successful candidates will benefit from:
• A supportive and sociable team-based working environment
• Exceptional training for UK and EQE qualifications and beyond
• A variety of stimulating and challenging work in cutting edge biotechnologies
• A significant amount of opposition and appeal work for major biotechnology companies
• Involvement in patent litigation and SPCs
• An excellent remuneration and benefits package
• Access to a range of sports, clubs and charity initiatives sponsored by the firm
• A central London location