Intellectual Property Associate Patent Litigation

Posted 8 November by Pinsent Masons LLP




We are currently looking to recruit an Associate with 4yrs+ PQE gained in a recognised contentious intellectual property practice, to join Pinsent Masons' Intellectual Property and Life Sciences teams in our London office.

The candidate will be a highly technical lawyer with a strong enthusiasm for, and understanding of, the practical and technical elements of pharmaceutical patent litigation. Experience of medical device and/or high-tech patent litigation would also be useful. The candidate will have been working in a well regarded intellectual property team, have significant patent litigation experience and have a strong client focussed approach.

A first degree in a scientific discipline (for example, molecular biology, biochemistry or chemistry) would be advantageous but is not essential. The candidate will have real ambition and will be able to work effectively in a team. The candidate can expect to have significant independent interaction with clients.


Pinsent Masons LLP has a highly respected and experienced IP team which is one of the largest in the UK advising a wide range of life sciences, blue chip technology, manufacturing, and retail companies on business critical IP litigation to achieve market access and to maintain market positions, as well as all aspects of the exploitation and enforcement of their intellectual property rights. We have approximately 50 lawyers in the Intellectual Property practice in the UK alone.

Our intellectual property contentious team is involved in precedent setting actions before the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and CJEU in both hard and soft IP. During the last 2 years, we have been involved in 3 cases before the Supreme Court as well as a reference to the CJEU.

The contentious and non-contentious intellectual property work is done in a standalone, unitary IP team which services its own clients as well as those of the wider firm. The work includes advising clients on freedom to operate, strategic business critical litigation, managing their intellectual property and optimising their returns and investment. It also includes advising on potential collaborations with third parties and on the IP aspects of the sale or purchase of businesses.

A substantial number of the team have science backgrounds in a wide range of disciplines such as biological sciences, electronics, physics and chemistry. Coupled with legal expertise, this puts the team as one of the leaders in handling challenging IP disputes. In addition, the team has extensive experience of specialist sectors such as life sciences, pharmaceuticals, high tech, retail, , ICT, financial services, automotive, natural resources and universities to list but a few.

Many of the matters which the team handles include an international element and there is a considerable knowledge base within the team concerning practices and the variety of ways disputes are handled overseas, as well as regular opportunities to collaborate with IP colleagues in Pinsent Masons' other EU offices. Such knowledge is essential where cross-border factors are involved or forum shopping is an issue. Pinsent Masons is Brexit proof through its network of EU offices which is complemented by our wide network of overseas associates in this field.

Introduction to Life Sciences at Pinsent Masons

Pinsent Masons has one of the most comprehensive life sciences offerings of any firm in the UK and that is supplemented by sector specific expertise in a number of our international offices.

In the UK Pinsent Masons have market leading practices in the following Life Sciences disciplines:-

  • Patent litigation

  • Licensing and collaboration

  • Regulatory

  • Corporate finance

  • Capital markets

  • Mergers and acquisitions

In addition the firm has product liability experience, industry specific tax expertise (Patent Box, EIS, R&D Tax Credits, EMI Share Options schemes) and supplementary services such as employment and property law.

Life Sciences is a key industry sector focus for the firm and one in which there will be further growth.

The Candidates Required

We are currently looking to recruit an Associate with 4 years + post qualification experience to join our Intellectual Property team in London. The focus of the role is business critical patent litigation and related patent and regulatory advisory work.

Our IP team works for a variety of high profile clients across a number of different sectors, including life sciences, manufacturing, technology, financial services, higher education and retail. We operate as a national team within the firm and there is scope and opportunity to work with lawyers and for clients across all of our UK and International offices.

We advise on all areas of IP and our team members may be asked to assist on a variety of IP disputes.

Ideally you will have gained experience in a City firm or other leading IP practice and must be technically excellent, commercially aware, and enthusiastic about business development. You should have real ambition and be a team player with a strong client focussed approach. You should also have a strong academic background and excellent communication and organisational skills.

In return we can offer you an interesting and varied workload within a highly supportive, relaxed and friendly environment. The team is committed to technical excellence, quality and outstanding client service and your continued development and learning will be our priority. The firm offers a wide range of internal and external training both technical and soft skills, and the team is actively encouraged to get involved in and to provide training and seminars for clients, including as part of our Out-law programme. You will also have the opportunity to get involved with a number of client and firm initiatives and business development.

This is a great opportunity for a talented and enthusiastic IP lawyer to be part of this highly regarded intellectual property practice. Career prospects are excellent.

About the Firm

Pinsent Masons is a global 100 law firm, with over 3,400 staff and operating out of 26 locations across the UK, Europe, Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East. We have a long-standing reputation for delivering

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