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Trainee Patent Attorney – Life Sciences

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Industry: Science and Technology
Description: MEWBURN ELLIS LLP is one of the UK's largest firms of Chartered Patent Attorneys, European Patent Attorneys, European Trade Mark Attorneys and European Design Attorneys. We serve clients from the UK and all around the world, covering the full range of intellectual property issues: Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, Industrial Copyright and related matters. Mewburn Ellis LLP is a private firm of patent and trade mark attorneys. We are one of the largest such firms in the UK with four offices (in London, Bristol, Cambridge and Manchester).
Job Description

At Mewburn Ellis we’re collegial, supportive and progressive. With an industry-leading training programme and a rotation scheme that keeps learning fresh and insightful we ensure that you’re set up to develop quickly and learn about the profession from a variety of Partners from day one.

Life Sciences at Mewburn Ellis

There has rarely been a more exciting time to be involved in Life Sciences. This is a time when genetic material can be edited with precision; when the power of the immune system is being harnessed to cure disease; and when bioinformatics and big data open the door for treatments that are truly bespoke for each person.

Our large and vastly experienced team leads the way in the field of life sciences patents. From biologics and cell therapies, diagnostics and precision medicine to sequencing and bioinformatics, we work in every technical area in this exciting field. Join us and you could work in these fields with a range of clients that include large biopharma companies such as Genentech, research institutions such as Cancer Research Campaign, start-ups such as Zealand Pharma and leading universities such as University of Cambridge.

The role

Reflecting the exciting technology spaces in which our clients operate, you will work closely with colleagues across our life sciences practice group and also with attorneys from our chemistry and engineering, technology and physics practice groups, as well as our solicitors and trade mark team. We take a holistic approach to IP and that will be a theme throughout your training and beyond.  

Our training program is varied sometimes challenging but always rewarding. You will be invested in to grow personally and professionally. There’ll be lots of learning and opportunities to put your life sciences background to good use. Our unique rotation scheme gives you the opportunity to work with different mentors and across different areas of life sciences allowing you to develop as an attorney and find your niche.

You will sit with a qualified patent attorney and assist them with all parts of their work, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications and advising clients about various aspects of intellectual property law. Essentially we provide you with all the tools you need to become a Trusted Advisor to clients, helping you use your scientific background in a legal context.

What’s in it for you?

    • A competitive financial package
    • Wide range of clients
    • The possibility to work abroad
    • A flexible approach to working hours
    • A diverse, friendly, inclusive culture

You’ll be well supported to pass your exams as well as develop your all-round skills as a Patent Attorney through our internal and external tutorials and regular input from experienced partners, backed up by feedback on your progress to inform and assist your development. And because we’re merit-based, your career progression is truly in your own hands.

We are a leading, top tier European intellectual property law firm with over 70 qualified Patent Attorneys, in many ways our successful growth story is down to our training and our long-term commitment to the wellbeing of our people. As part of this we have a variety of informal sporting and social events as well as running various charity initiatives.

About You

We look for individuals with a curious, enquiring mind. Excellent communication skills, especially in writing, are vital. General commercial awareness is valuable but no prior knowledge of patent law is required. A strong academic background in Life Sciences (relevant STEM degree) is essential and having an open-minded personable approach to learning will also serve you well!

We’re committed to equal opportunities and welcome a broad diversity of talent to apply.

Salary: £30000 - £40000
Employment Type: Contract Based
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