Opportunities in the Intellectual Property Sector have recently become more specialised, say Intellectual Property Recruiters Fellows and Associates

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Intellectual Property recruitment specialists, Fellows and Associates, have noticed an uptake in niche opportunities in their sector of expertise.

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As a team, we’re proud that we can offer our candidates a multitude of options that they may not necessarily have thought of themselves when making the decision to move positions.

The Intellectual Property sector is known to be extremely niche in nature and opportunities for the most part have been restricted to firms of patent and trade mark attorneys, law firms and IP departments within industry. Intellectual Property specialists Fellows and Associates have a wealth of experience recruiting in these areas; however they have also recently seen an increase in opportunities for IP professionals that could be regarded as a little more left field.

“I have nearly eight years’ experience working in Intellectual Property recruitment and have always invested in remaining as knowledgeable on the sector as possible,” Managing Director of Fellows and Associates Pete Fellows explains. “As a team, we’re proud that we can offer our candidates a multitude of options that they may not necessarily have thought of themselves when making the decision to move positions.”

The Intellectual Property industry can be extremely sheltered in the fact that most patent attorneys believe that their work load will remain categorically the same no matter which firm they join. The Fellows and Associates team have enough experience to know that this is not necessarily the case, with some firms favouring a business model conducive of more traditional times and some adopting a modern, forward thinking approach.

“Of course there are day to day duties required of a patent attorney that remain similar regardless of the firm; however that is not to say that a firm cannot offer a candidate a different working experience to what they are currently used to” argues Pete Fellows. “The ratio of work can alter dramatically, for example one firm may operate a busy oppositions and appeals practice with less emphasis on daily drafting, filing and prosecution, whereas another firm may invest heavily in business development and require attorneys to spend a significant amount of their time networking, contributing to industry conferences and publications and building upon their client base.” He goes on to say “you must also take into account the amount of direct client work, where attorneys manage their own client base in face to face meetings or over the telephone, versus agency work, where overseas attorney instruct on their own clients’ IP issues that need to be completed by a locally qualified attorney.”

Phillipa Field, consultant at Fellows and Associates comments, “It is not surprising that, with today’s society becoming increasingly more concerned with commodities and brand investment, Intellectual Property is becoming more and more visible in the public domain. For example, high profile cases between high street favourites such as Topshop versus Rhianna and the ongoing battle between tech giants Apple and Samsung, it is no wonder that more opportunities are becoming available to professionals working in the industry.”

One opportunity in particular that the team are excited to be working on is for an Intellectual Property specialist to work within the Patent Box team of a leading accountancy firm in London. “The Patent Box was introduced in April of last year and is a UK Government scheme enabling companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits from its patented inventions and innovations.” explains Pete Fellows. “There is an increasing need for IP specialists to offer advice on the scheme, and companies are recognising the potential and benefits of having a professional of this nature in-house.” Candidates are hoped to be part or newly qualified patent attorneys with experience working with software and computer implemented technologies and advising clients on their patentability in Europe, although attorneys with an alternative technical background are also welcome to apply. Scientists or engineers with a demonstrable knowledge of invention harvesting, patent search and analysis and identifying patentable technologies alongside inventors will also be considered. Further information on the role, plus other opportunities in the Intellectual Property sector, can be found on the Fellows and Associates website.

Pete and Phillipa are hoping to receive further interesting instructions during their time at the AIPPI World Intellectual Property Congress in Toronto later this month, as well as catching up with old contacts and further building their network and knowledge of the industry.

About Fellows and Associates
Fellows and Associates recruit Patent Attorneys, Trade Mark Attorneys, IP Lawyers and other Intellectual Property professionals worldwide. The firm offers a diverse range of recruitment services including search, advertised selection and managed campaigns. Fellows and Associates’ management consultancy division offers targeted strategic advice to firms within the Intellectual Property sector worldwide. See http://www.fellowsandassociates.com for more, phone +44 207 903 5019 or email contact(at)fellowsandassociates(dot)com.

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