Trade Mark Attorneys
The market is steadily improving, with increasing demand for Trade Mark attorneys both in private practice (including law firms) and industry. After an initial period of caution following the changes to the qualification route (please link to article on the qualification route), we are seeing more vacancies for part-qualified attorneys as teams look to grow organically and invest in their training with more confidence. That said, finalist and newly qualified are often in demand, having already qualified and gained enough practical experience to work more autonomously and profitably.
Although not typically an opportunity that you will see advertised, we are receiving more instructions from some of our practice clients to recruit attorneys with a team and / or a following of contacts, with which they can add more immediate, tangible value. This may be driven by succession planning, but more commonly in the current market, is the result of a change in strategy, to open a new office, or to redress the balance between the firm’s IP services in response to client demand.
Planning and achieving a successful and enjoyable career is about making the most of the opportunities available. Our consultants take the time to understand our clients as well as what’s important to you at each stage of your life and career. We advise on salary reviews, bonus structures, part-time and home working, flexible benefits, how to approach appraisals and partnership applications, and the implications of moving between practice and industry working environments. We specialise in the UK and Ireland patent profession only: from Southampton to Aberdeen, London to Dublin and Cardiff to Newcastle.
Take a look at our current vacancies or talk to one of our consultants about how we can support you in making the most of your experience and qualifications, either within your current role, or by finding the next one that’s best suited to you.
Trade Marks Secretaries, Paralegals and Administrators
The lines are becoming increasingly blurred between job titles in the Trade Mark support sector. Secretaries can take on more responsibility for formalities and renewals, paralegals can work in tandem with attorneys to handle more administrative and basic trade marks work and free up the attorney to take on more complex and profitable fee-earning.
Those with the ITMA Administration Certificate are in high demand, but those with existing trade marks experience who are willing to learn can increase both their earnings and their enjoyment of the job by taking the next step up in their career.
If you’d like to find out where your trade marks experience and ambition could take you, have a look at our current vacancies or talk to one of our consultants about how to get the best out of your career.