Associate (Chemical / Material Science)

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About Spruson & Ferguson

Spruson & Ferguson is one of the leading intellectual property (IP) service firms operating in the Asia-Pacific region. We have more than 130 years of experience providing a variety of services in the protection, commercialisation, enforcement and management of IP from our offices in Bangkok, Beijing, Brisbane, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Melbourne, Singapore and Sydney. Our multidisciplinary team of more than 480 people includes some of the most highly regarded IP professionals in the Asia-Pacific region. The team services a diverse client base of Fortune Global 500 companies, SMEs, public sector research organisations, foreign associates and local clients.

Spruson & Ferguson is a subsidiary of IPH Limited, the first IP services group to list on the ASX.

About the role

An opportunity is available for an experienced Associate (Chemical / Material Science) to join the Chemical/Life Sciences team in our Sydney or Melbourne office.

The ideal candidate will have postgraduate qualifications (PhD level) with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The successful candidate will be responsible for drafting and prosecuting patent applications, advising clients in relation to patent portfolio management, infringement, and patentability issues, as well as assisting in patent oppositions and/or patent litigation.

Skills and experience

To be considered for this position, candidates will have:

  • Postgraduate qualifications in Chemical / Material Science (PhD level); 
  • At least 4+ years post qualified experience as a Chemical / Material Science Patent Attorney;
  • Experience in a broad range of patent attorney work including drafting of patent specifications, local and foreign patent prosecution, opposition work, and providing infringement and validity opinions; 
  • Strong analytical ability;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
  • Drive and enthusiasm; and
  • Excellent interpersonal and time management skills. 

What we offer

The position offers scope for significant autonomy, continuing professional development, and the opportunity to work closely with highly experienced practitioners across various disciplines servicing the firm’s substantial local and overseas client base.

As experience and skills grow, as well as offering strong prospects for career and salary advancement, we offer a competitive salary package along with the possibility of participation in staff incentive plans.

We offer flexible working arrangements including working from home, a flexible dress code that allows employees to dress for their day and paid parental leave. 

Spruson & Ferguson is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace culture of shared respect to enable us all to feel valued and be the best we can be.

How to apply

We encourage applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and individuals from diverse backgrounds. We remain committed to providing reasonable and fair adjustments to provide a positive, barrier free, transparent recruitment process and supportive workplace.  

If this role sounds like a great fit, apply now with your updated resume and cover letter introducing yourself and why this role is right for you.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted directly.

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