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21000018 Requisition #

We have a varied and challenging opportunity for an individual join our trade mark formalities team.  Our IP group is one of the largest teams in Europe for patent and trade mark work. We have qualified patent and trade mark attorneys working alongside IP, litigation, corporate and commercial lawyers. This presents a unique offering in the market.

About the role

Located in our London or Sheffield office, this role will provide first class support to our Trade Mark team.  Key responsibilities and duties will include (but are not limited to):
- Inputting data on our records system - Patricia.
- Updating records to reflect new deadlines/statuses; providing diary reports to wider team.
- Extensive use of UKIPO and WIPO websites/databases including but not limited to downloading incoming correspondence, preparing and filing various trade mark forms such as new applications, renewals, assignments, change of names, etc. 
- Dealing with formalities associated with trade mark and design applications.
- Preparing and filing UK and International trade mark and design applications.
- Liaising with our EU trade mark and designs team in Warsaw
- Reporting new trade mark/design filings, publications, and checking and reporting registration certificates to client.
- Corresponding effectively with foreign agents; seeking and preparing cost estimates; preparing powers of attorneys etc.; filing assignments/change of names etc.
- Corresponding effectively with clients, seeking instructions, reporting developments etc.
- Renewals – assisting with trade mark renewals in the UK and overseas.
- Managing own deadline diary
- Opening, new matters including sending conflict checks.
- Ensuring document management system (DMS) is kept up to date with all correspondence.

About you

- A good understanding of what trade marks are and the process to apply for, obtain and maintain registrations.
- CITMA Paralegal Certified candidates would be an advantage but are not essential.  If you have not completed the CITMA Paralegal course, we would support your application (timing to be discussed)
- Knowledge of Patricia database would be an advantage but not essential.
- Experience of trade mark formalities work, to include inputting trade mark data into databases accurately and monitoring deadlines is essential (one year, minimum).
- Self-motivated and proactive attitude are essential. 
- Enthusiastic, confident with good organisational and administration skills. 
- Flexible and able to effectively manage a number of priorities at any one time. 
- High level of accuracy and attention to detail.
- Good Microsoft Office skills.
- Previous experience of a document management system would be beneficial but not essential. 
- Good communication skills, both oral and written.

About us

CMS is an international law firm with leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond. We create sustainable and rewarding futures for our clients, our people and our communities.

Ranked as the world’s 5th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in over 40 countries from 70+ offices worldwide.

CMS is well equipped to help our clients face the future with confidence. We are driven by technology and readily embrace the possibilities it opens up for developing new and better ways of delivering legal services. And we recruit, value and nurture top talent.

Equal opportunities 
CMS is committed to promoting equal opportunities in employment, to not only adhere to current employment law, but to harness the full potential of our staff and ensure that all individuals are treated fairly and with respect.  To meet this aim CMS endeavours to treat all staff and job applicants equally, on the basis of merit and the ability to do their job. Everybody will be treated equally regardless of race, colour, age, religion or belief, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital or civil partner status, ethnic or national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or maternity status (“Protected Characteristics”).  Click here to see our Equal Opportunities statement.
All job applicants will be treated fairly and judged solely on their merits. If you have a disability which is likely to affect you adversely within the application process, please let us know (as soon as you feel comfortable to do so) so that we can consider whether we can make any adjustments to the process that will allow you to be considered fairly for the role.

How to apply

If you are interested please apply online. If you have any queries please contact Holly Woodhouse, Talent Acquisition Advisor via email at Holly.Woodhouse@cms-cmno.com, for more information.

Please note that CMS have a preferred agency panel in place. Only applications submitted via the portal at the point of instruction will be accepted.


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