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Trainee Patent Attorney - Life Sciences

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We are recruiting individuals with a scientific background who are interested in developing an exciting career in the patent profession.   This is a unique opportunity, offering excellent training and career development prospects, to join an international, future facing law firm.


About the role

We are recruiting Trainee Patent Attorneys to join our market-leading Intellectual Property team in London. 
You will be provided with ongoing training and development whilst studying for your Certificate in Intellectual Property and subsequently, your UK and/or European Patent exams.  You will work alongside experienced colleagues and leaders in their field who will guide you through the varied aspects of international patent law and how to apply these to meet your clients’ needs.

Responsibilities will include:
- assisting in the drafting and filing of patent applications;
- patent prosecution at the European Patent Office (EPO) and the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO);
- EPO opposition and appeal work; and
- involvement in freedom to operate opinions, IP due diligence and litigation.
Our Intellectual Property group is one of the largest teams in Europe for patent and trade mark work.  Our qualified patent attorneys work alongside our IP, litigation, corporate and commercial lawyers.  This offering makes us a rarity in the market as we are a full-service law firm able to provide a fully integrated service for all stages in the IP life cycle.  
Our IP clients include blue-chip businesses, universities, research institutes, start-ups and spin outs, and growth technology companies across all disciplines.


About you

We are looking for candidates with a strong academic record in Life Sciences (Biotechnology).  In addition, the ideal candidate will:
- have a Masters and/or PhD in a relevant field and/or have industry experience;
- be self-motivated and interested in further developing their knowledge of IP law and patent prosecution work;
- be proactive in undertaking a wide range of work, across diverse technical and legal areas;
- have excellent attention to detail and organisational skills, with experience working under pressure towards tight  deadlines whilst maintaining a high level of accuracy;  
- be flexible in their attitude and an effective team player, willing to collaborate and build professional relationships across all levels; and
- have excellent communication skills, both verbally and in writing.


About us

CMS were delighted to be named Law Firm of the Year at the 2018 British Legal Awards.

CMS is an international law firm with market leading businesses throughout Europe, The Middle East, Asia and beyond.

Ranked as the world’s 6th largest law firm by lawyer headcount and 6th largest in the UK by revenue, CMS works with clients in 42 countries from 74 offices worldwide.

A future facing law firm 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”).

For further information about CMS’ diversity initiatives and programmes, please click here to view the diversity pages on our website.


How to apply

If you are interested please apply online. If you have any queries please contact Holly Woodhouse, Talent Acquisition Advisor, 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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