Intellectual Property Lawyer, Ireland

Established in 1995, our firm has developed into one of the UK’s leading specialists in intellectual property law.

Whether you’re involved in a dispute or you need help with a non-contentious matter (such as registering a trade mark), our team will quickly and reliably undertake the necessary work to protect and commercialise your intellectual property assets. From copyright to confidential information, and trade marks to trade secrets, we’re here to help. Plus, with offices in London, UK and the Republic of Ireland, we are fully prepared and ready to assist in all aspects of IP law in the UK, Europe and beyond.

Firm Profile:

  • The firm is a boutique IP practice with its principal office in London. 
  • The firm is very well established in the UK market and consistently features in the Legal 500. 
  • The majority of the firm’s Irish work focuses on trade mark prosecution and EUIPO matters, with the remainder covering copyright, designs and commercial work.  
  • Whilst the Irish practice was originally opened to address the issues presented by Brexit (with a lot of work coming from UK clients), the firm now services a small but growing group of Irish clients, ranging from start-ups to more established businesses. 
  • The firm is keen to offer a flexible and modern approach to work, putting a lot of emphasis on judging employees on their output rather than their time spent in the office.  

Role Profile:

  • The majority of the work involved in this role focuses on trade mark prosecution and EUIPO matters, with the remainder covering the other ‘soft IP’ rights (e.g. copyright, designs and trade secrets) and commercial work.  
  • EUIPO matters include preparing and filing trade mark and design applications, responding to examination reports, bringing and defending opposition and invalidity actions, and dealing with routine recordals at the EUIPO.
  • Commercial work includes preparing and reviewing commercial contracts, usually with a connection to ‘soft IP’ rights (e.g. non-disclosure agreements, freelancer agreements, IP assignments and IP licences). 
  • Clients include individuals, SMEs, large/international companies and other law firms (the majority of work undertaken for large/international companies and other law firms involves trade mark prosecution and trade mark portfolio management). 
  • The role also involves a number of important administrative tasks (e.g. being the firm’s principal contact for the EUIPO) and a number of important business development activities (e.g. developing and managing a growing network of professional referrers, which includes other law firms, patent attorneys and trade associations). 

The Candidate

The candidate will have the following knowledge/experience, skills/abilities and characteristics: 

  • A genuine interest in IP and a desire to grow their knowledge of this interesting and complex area are of law;
  • A genuine interest in creative industries and a desire to grow their understanding of the significance of IP in creative industries; 
  • Excellent technical legal skills and experience (e.g. legal research and writing, contract negotiation and drafting/ reviewing/ amending letters, contracts and other legal documents);
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; 
  • Excellent IT skills (including knowledge and experience of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel  and PowerPoint);
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills (including knowledge and experience of a CRM system such as Clio, CORTBase or Leap for document, email and contact management);
  • The ability to assume a high level of responsibility on a broad and diverse range of client matters;
  • Ambition and self-motivation, being able to work both without supervision and collaboratively with others in a supporting and friendly way; 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as this role a significant amount of direct contact with clients, law firms and other people; and 
  • Commercial awareness and a genuine enthusiasm for business development and the wider aspects of the role (e.g. writing blogs and giving talks on IP issues). 

Qualifications:

  • Qualification as a solicitor with a practising certificate in Ireland is essential.
  • Additional ‘soft IP’ qualifications (e.g. the Law Society Diploma in Technology and IP Law and/or qualification as a registered Trade Mark Agent) is desirable but not essential.

On Offer:

On offer is a competitive salary and benefits package.

To Apply:

For a confidential discussion, to request the full job description or to apply, please contact:

David Thomson- Director

Telephone: +353 (0) 1 699 1360

Email: david@thomsonlrc.com

David Thomson

Founder and Director of Thomson Legal Recruitment Company- award-winning legal consultant and a veteran of the legal recruitment market.