With over 100 years of experience, and expertise in each of their operational fields, Bird & Bird is committed to providing a seamless global service to all their clients. The Intellectual Property team, consisting of 350 employees worldwide, combines the technical insight of its patent attorneys with the legal expertise of its attorneys-at-law. This allows the firm to thoroughly understand and effectively meet the challenges their service users face, regardless of size or sector. The French IP Litigation Team has consequently been recognised as top of its class at the ‘Trophées du Droit’ and ‘Managing Intellectual Property’ awards.
In keeping with the full-service offering of the European IP Group and to further strengthen the Paris team, Bird & Bird seeks to recruit a further Patent Attorney. Upon engagement, the successful candidate will work closely with the French Bird & Bird IP Team, and be gradually introduced to a broad portfolio of clients, and liaise with other Bird & Bird offices around the world.
Key responsibilities and requirements of the role will include:
- Offering strategic professional advice in respect to patent-related issues;
- Being actively involved in litigation matters in co-operation with lawyers in the team, including drafting opinions and submissions before French courts;
- Providing FTO and validity/invalidity opinions;
- Partaking in oppositions at the European Patent Office;
- Occasional drafting and prosecution of patent applications.
The successful candidate is likely to fulfil the following criteria:
- Possess a good honours engineering degree in Mechanics or Electronics and/or Telecommunications from a University or ‘Grande Ecole’. Other technical backgrounds, such as Chemistry or Life Sciences, may be considered.
- Be a qualified Patent Attorney with upwards of 5 years experience in the patent profession.
- Have worked within an international environment, either for an IP or law firm or within industry.
- Be keen to become involved in IP matters that are strongly focused on contentious and litigation proceedings.
- Be fluent in oral and written English. Fluency in French is also a prerequisite.
These personal qualities will also be looked upon favourably:
- Be a well-rounded individual, with a high level of personal gravitas.
- Be highly motivated, with the ability to proactively organise his/her workload.
- Be focused, with an attention to detail balanced by sound common sense.
- Possess the ability to relate comfortably to others at all levels and be a genuine ‘team player.’
- Demonstrate good verbal and written presentation skills. Possess clarity of thought and an ability to use the relevant language.
- Be a pro-active forward and lateral thinker – with a bright, sharp mind, able to generate fresh ideas, and capable of effectively communicating complex issues to others.
- Display a hands-on and flexible approach to problems and demands.
- Demonstrate obvious qualities of enthusiasm and self-motivation.
- Be able to demonstrate successful career progression, which will suggest high personal calibre.