Associate - IP Disputes
< Back to jobs Email to a friend More Sharing Services Share this job Printer friendly Apply Job Title Associate - IP Disputes Job Location London Description The Firm Mishcon de Reya is an independent law firm, which now employs more than 900 people with over 550 lawyers offering a wide range of legal services to companies and individuals. Based in London with offices in Singapore, the firm services an international community of clients and provides advice in situations where the constraints of geography often do not apply. The work it undertakes is cross-border, multi-jurisdictional and complex, spanning six core practice areas: Corporate; Dispute Resolution; Employment; Intellectual Property; Private; and Real Estate. Mishcon de Reya has grown rapidly in recent years, with more than 70% revenue growth in the past five years alone. In 2015, the firm moved into a purpose designed building on Kingsway, and has converted to both an alternative business structure and LLP. Mishcon de Reya prides itself on the diverse range of people who make up the firm. The central role played by the Academy, the firm’s in-house place of learning, development and new thinking, and its active and innovative social impact strategy are reflected in its Investors in People Platinum standard. The IP Department We are one of the largest IP practices in the UK, ranked in tier 1 for IP in Legal 500 with more than 40 lawyers, trade mark attorneys and paralegals. We advise the owners of some of the world's most famous IP rights and operate across a range of sectors including technology, automotive, pharma, betting & gaming, sport, retail, fashion, media, and hospitality. Renowned for innovation in developing new services and products that provide a return on investment for our clients, we have recently launched MDR Brand Management, the first brand management business launched by a leading law firm in the UK. The Group won TMT Firm (Specialism) of the Year in Brand Management at The Legal 500 UK Awards 2017 and was instrumental in the firm's award of Global Luxury Law Firm of the Year 2019 at the Luxury Law Summit. At the 2019 Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) Awards the firm won the Patents Impact Case of the Year (Lupin v. Gilead) and at the 2020 MIP Awards the team was recognised three times over: Copyright Impact Case of the Year (Nintendo v. Sky), Trade Marks Impact Case of the Year (Sky v. SkyKick) and IP practitioner of the year (David Rose). Our IP Department comprises three groups: IP Disputes, Commercial and Brands and Brand Management. Within these groups sit three further cross-IP sub-groups being Patents, Life Sciences and Sport. The role is in the IP Disputes team. Mishcon has one of the most comprehensive dispute resolution offerings in London and we are a leading UK IP enforcement practice, with vast experience across all IP rights. Our clients include Sky, GVC (owner of amongst other brands, Ladbrokes and Coral), Iceland Foods, Hewlett Packard, Gucci, Sanofi, Dr Reddy's, eBay, Polo Ralph Lauren, and many other high profile rights owners. We are regularly instructed in high-stakes and complex litigation and enforcement work, including ground-breaking cases before the UK and EU Courts. Examples cases in recent years include: Sky v SkyKick, Lupin v Gilead, United Phosphorus Limited v Grosvenor Chemicals (the first UK case in which a search order was obtained against counterfeiters in the agrochemical sector) and Rihanna v TopShop. Because we work in partnership with our clients over the long term, we not only understand how their businesses and sector operate, we are also able to give clients definitive views on the strength of their legal position – we are not lawyers who sit on the fence. The Role The role is within the IP Group's Disputes team. It will involve largely advising on a varied range of disputes and related advisory work concerning all IP rights (trade marks, designs, copyright, patents and confidential information). The work will encompass not only High Court and IPEC litigation but also pre-action advisory work, IP related contractual litigation (e.g. licensing disputes), ex parte applications such as search and seizure orders and blocking injunctions (Mishcon's IP litigation team has one of the most active, if not the most active, pre-emptive IP claims practices in the UK), and disputes before the UKIPO and EUIPO. There will also be a range of general IP advisory work, such as how to minimise the risk of an IP infringement, how best to protect a client's intellectual property, and advice in relation to advertising and related matters. The candidate will work for up to four different partners in the Disputes team. They will also work closely with other colleagues in the team, and with colleagues in the other teams in the Group, and will develop relationships across the Firm. Attributes and Experience We are seeking candidates with "hands on" experience who possess the following attributes: • 2-4 years PQE of contentious IP in private practice. • A keen interest in IP law, with a solid grounding in its basics, and a thirst to become a true specialist. • Has undertaken the Oxford IP Diploma or is planning to do so in the near future. • Excellent written and interpersonal skills. • Able to manage a diverse portfolio of client work allocated by the Group partners. • At all times to exercise high standards of client care and service in a professional and pleasant manner. • Strong organisational and prioritising skills, in order to meet the demands of challenging and commercial internal and external clients, and competing priorities. • Personable and confident, able to ensure good working relationships with colleagues, clients and external organisations. • Resilient and calm under pressure. • The ability to work independently and as part of a team. • To take responsibility for and attend to self-development. • To take a keen interest in undertaking (and to undertake) business development activities both internally and externally.
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