International Recruiters of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Fellows and Associates, Announce the Launch of Their Fourth Annual Salary Survey

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Fellows and Associates, boutique recruiters to the Intellectual Property industry, are once again asking patent and trade mark attorneys for their input in their fourth annual Salary Survey.

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We hope that the Salary Survey will shed some light for professionals and be a guiding light in a somewhat uncertain market.

Fellows and Associates are known for their active involvement in the Intellectual Property sector and their commitment to providing a far more informed and complex service to the industry in which they serve. The team invest significantly in their on line presence with a range of content, including video, articles and interviews regularly being updated on their website. “On line visibility is extremely important in the sector in which we work because, although it is niche, it is international in nature” explains Pete Fellows, founder and managing director of Fellows and Associates. “We aim to be as accessible to our overseas clients as we are to those based in the UK and our website and social media channels are perfect mediums in order for us to do this”.

The annual Salary Survey, which is now in its fourth year, is an example of how the recruiters provide an extra dimension to their service, allowing IP professionals gain a clearer idea of market activity in relation to current salary averages. Michele Fellows has been the curator of the survey for the past three years and had this to say, “Although the role of the patent and trade mark attorney is quite defined when it comes to their responsibilities, it can be a different story when it comes to predicting their salaries. Most attorneys will remain in their first role throughout qualification, which makes it quite difficult for them to understand their market worth. More experienced professionals may also have less of an idea due to the internal politics of certain firms skewing the average. The current demand for a particular technical discipline may also ignite an increase for some attorneys, whereas lack of activity for others can cause their salaries to remain in a stalemate. We hope that the Salary Survey will shed some light for professionals and be a guiding light in a somewhat uncertain market”.

The Salary Survey has been launched via an on line survey provider and is in partnership with the Patent Lawyer magazine. It is hoped that the survey is seen as an extension of the informed advice that the team already provides all year round. “For us it is has always been about the long term commitment to our clients and candidates. We may keep in touch over months if not years before any activity occurs, whether it is a role requirement from a client or a candidate deciding to make a move” explains consultant Phillipa Field. “We would rather be seen as a source of information and sounding board than a company that is purely motivated by their own gains, and we like to think that the Salary Survey supports this”.

The survey is currently live and the Fellows and Associates team is encouraging as many IP professionals as possible to get involved. “We saw a significant increase in participants in 2014 compared to 2013 and we’re hoping for an increase again this year due to the overwhelming support we have had to continue with the survey. It goes without saying that the more data we collect the more accurate the results will be and so we are hopeful for a record number of responses!”

As an added incentive, the team are once again giving participants the chance to win a £100 Amazon gift card if they fully complete the survey. The survey, plus all the latest videos, articles and job opportunities, can be found on the Fellows and Associates website.

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 for more, phone +44 207 903 5019 or email contact(at)fellowsandassociates(dot)com.

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