Intellectual Property job description
Updated: Jun 19
Job Summary-Intellectual Property job description
Provides advice on all aspects of intellectual property law across all parts of the Group and all its services with particular emphasis on copyright and trademark infringement, and passing off and format claims and patent claims. IP lawyers also deals with online infringement issues and advises on contractual disputes relating to rights issues.
The postholder will also be expected to work on non-contentious IP matters providing advice and support to all parts of the group on Intellectual Property matters which may include work on trade mark licences, trade mark clearances, patent matters, advice on copyright, copyright exception enquiries and supporting the senior lawyers on their matters.
Key Responsibilities-Intellectual Property job description
To investigate and advise on claims of infringement in relation to trade marks, passing off, copyright, confidential information, programme formats and patents. To assist with bringing and defending High Court and County Court/IPEC/Copyright Tribunal proceedings in respect of the same, and where appropriate, assist with conduct mediation or arbitration proceedings. To manage external lawyers providing advice to the organisation relating to IP or disputes in foreign jurisdictions. To investigate infringements of rights, draft enforcement letters and advise on remedies for copyright and trade mark infringement and for passing off and issues relating to confidentia information.
To advise on IP issues arising from online matters and use of third party platforms To work on trade mark licences and advice on trade mark clearances. Give advice in relation to exceptions to copyright To advise on the telephone and in writing on all aspects of intellectual property law, including copyright, trade marks, confidentiality, and patents and in relation to online issues. To advise and assist in contractual rights based disputes involving Intellectual Property. Keep abreast of European and international developments in IP law and practice and contribute to the IP Legal team training plan.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities-Intellectual Property job description
The ideal candidate for this position will have: Completed their training contract and worked in an intellectual property department in a law firm or an equivalent in-house department and/or studied Intellectual Property. Have good academic qualifications. Experience of civil court procedure and, preferably, knowledge of mediation, arbitration and other forms of dispute resolution. Have some specialist knowledge of all aspects of UK IP law, with some knowledge of European and international IP law and technology law desirable. Good knowledge of principles of contract law.
Excellent written and oral communication skills and experience of advising clients directly, in person, on the telephone and in writing. An ability to understand the varied needs of clients and to advise and communicate with them on legal and other matters. Experience of undertaking legal research. Computer literacy, an interest in the internet and new technology and familiarity with variety of online public and proprietary legal databases (eg UK Patent Office website, PLC, Lexis Nexis, Saegis etc).
Competencies The following competencies (behaviours and characteristics) have been identified as key to success in the job. Successful candidates are required to demonstrate these competencies. Planning and organising - Ability to work under pressure and to work independently, to be self-motivated and to establish an efficient and appropriate course of action for self and others. Prioritises and plans activities taking into account all the relevant issues and factors such as deadlines and resources.
Communication - able to get one’s message understood clearly by adopting a range of styles, tools and techniques appropriate to the audience and the nature of the information. Commercial awareness – understand how the job/department fits into the wider goals of the company and the industry as a whole. Able to understand commercial imperatives and industry relationships.
Influencing and persuading - able to present sound and well reasoned arguments to convince others. Can draw from a range of strategies to persuade people in a way that results in agreement or behaviour change. Managing relationships and team working - able to build and maintain effective working relationships with a range of people. Works co-operatively with others to be part of a team. Flexibility – adapts and works effectively with a variety of situations, individuals or groups. Able to understand and appreciate different and opposing perspectives on an issue, to adapt an approach as the requirements of a situation changes, and to change or easily accept changes in one’s own organisation or job requirements. Analytical thinking - able to simplify complex problems, processes or projects into component parts explore and evaluate them systematically. Resilience – Can maintain personal effectiveness by managing own emotions in the face of pressure, setbacks or when dealing with proactive situations. Can demonstrate an approach to work that is characterised by commitment, motivation and energy when dealing with all types of work including routine or repetitive tasks.