Principal (Senior Biotech Patent Attorney)

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The Role

An opportunity is available for an experienced registered Principal Biotech Patent Attorney to join our Chemical/Life Sciences team in Sydney, Brisbane, or Melbourne.

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:

  • Collaborate and participate in strategic planning initiatives to drive the company forward.
  • Lead and manage junior attorneys, overseeing all aspects of practice management, service delivery, and financial performance.
  • Effectively delegate tasks and provide guidance to staff members to ensure optimal workflow.
  • Maintain high standards of work quality through thorough review and supervision.
  • Develop and mentor junior staff within your practice group.
  • Manage administrative functions including WIP recording, conflict of interest management, and adherence to professional standards.

Skills and Experience

To be considered for this opportunity candidates will have:

  • Postgraduate qualifications in Biotechnology (PhD level);
  • A minimum of six years post qualified experience as a Biotech 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.

About the Company

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.

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 advancement, we offer a competitive salary package along with the possibility of participation in annual incentive plans.

Spruson & Ferguson offers a wide range of benefits aimed at supporting our employee’s ongoing development, including but not limited to:

  • A flexible work environment;
  • A supportive team-based environment with learning and development opportunities;
  • Health and well-being programs; and
  • Paid parental leave for all genders.

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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