Patent Attorney - Hampshire

Leading industrial company that has developed a broad range of cutting edge technologies in recent years, now requires an additional Patent Attorney with a physics degree.

A key part of the role will be to manage the diverse IP portfolio and to protect new IP created by the business. The company has technical expertise and knowledge in technologies predominantly used in the defence, aerospace and security markets, both in the UK and internationally. Part of the company's business model is the creation, protection and exploitation of intellectual property in its areas of technical expertise. This role will involve managing prosecution of patent families in various territories, and supporting the company's strategy for the creation, protection and exploitation of its intellectual property. Key Accountabilities

  1. Reviewing invention disclosure forms originating from inventors in the business and drafting patent applications when appropriate.
  2. Provision of cost effective and high-quality patent prosecution services across the businesses.
  3. Liaising with inventors and managers in business groups to help inform, shape and support the IP strategies for the businesses supported.
  4. Providing advice on aspects of IP due diligence, including freedom to operate and patent validity.
  5. Advising and supporting legal and commercial colleagues on licensing and assignment matters.
  6. Supporting the development and implementation of appropriate processes and procedures for achieving efficient intellectual property creation and protection.
  7. Developing and maintaining effective relationships with internal customers and external customers of the business; and promoting the value of the Legal & IP function.
  8. Advising on new and forthcoming legislation and regulations relevant to intellectual property law as it applies to patents and other relevant forms of intellectual property; identifying related training needs for the business and opportunities for process improvements.

Key Capabilities/Knowledge

  • The role will involve working with physics, mechanical and electro-mechanical technologies, and occasionally software/computer-implemented technologies.
  • The ability to identify and evaluate potentially patentable innovations; and to recognise and help manage internal and external drivers of technology transfer, in order to contribute to the improvement of both the profitability and the cost effectiveness of the company's IP portfolio.
  • Sound judgement and the ability to manage busy workloads in order to meet deadlines and business needs.
  • An ability to understand, and work effectively, in a complex organisation, efficiently managing multiple work streams and competing priorities.
  • A team player, with strong communication, interpersonal and relationship building skills.
  • Good influencing and negotiating skills.
  • Training and mentoring skills are both highly desirable.

Experience & Qualifications

  1. A qualified UK and/or European patent attorney; or a near-qualified UK and/or European attorney, who has the experience and capabilities outline in this role description.
  2. Experience and a strong technical background in areas which include mechanical, electro-mechanical and physics technologies. Experience in software/computer-implemented technologies will also be valuable.

For additional information, please contact Brian Littleton at Chadwick Nott on 0203-096-4549 or at

Chadwick Nott Ltd is acting as an Employment Agency in relation to this vacancy.