Intellectual Property (“IP”) is all around us and can encompass anything from music, literature and other artistic works through to inventions, designs and more. Owners of intellectual property are granted exclusive rights under copyright, patent and trademark laws, amongst others. In general, patents protect the invention of something tangible (eg. medical equipment, parts of machinery, chemical compounds for pharmaceuticals and household goods), copyrights protect any form of artistic expression (i.e. music, poetry etc) and trademarks protect names and symbols that are identifiable to the source of goods or services.
As a general rule, intellectual property positions are usually exclusive to commercial law firms and niche IP practices, purely due to the nature of the clients you deal with. We have strong connections with a variety of law firms that specialise in IP Law, from smaller commercial firms and international practices through to boutique IP specialists, meaning we are best placed to help you find your ideal role. Our specialist Patent and Trade Mark Division works with IP departments within law firms, private patent and trade mark practices, as well as industry clients looking for IP professionals to protect their products.
Typically, an Intellectual Property Lawyer will handle a broad range of work and will involve advising clients on intellectual property right infringement and protection; this may involve drafting and negotiating contracts, handling disputes, avoiding liability, challenging rights, exploiting rights and more.
Get in touch today and see how we can best help you find the right role for your next career step in Intellectual Property.