Technical Specialist/Patent Agent/ IP Associate


Permanent - Full Time



Job Role

Business - Intellectual Property

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About Withersworldwide International's Law Firm of the Year 2021

For 125 years, our firm has focused on and helped successful people, families, entrepreneurs, family businesses, governments and institutions negotiate the wide range of legal issues they face in their business and personal lives. Over time, we have gained valuable insights into the ways wealth can be generated, preserved, deployed and enhanced. We assist our clients in a variety of industry sectors including real estate, manufacturing, motorsport, luxury brands, sport, hotels and hospitality, technology, energy, art and cultural assets, life sciences, charities and philanthropy and financial services. With 18 offices our experience means we can see the global picture. We provide legal advice across a range of different practice areas including estate planning, personal and corporate tax and, corporate, banking and finance, access to capital (both private and public) both equity and debt, real estate, intellectual property, immigration, international trust structuring, philanthropy, luxury assets, international probate, public international law and international arbitration. 


About Withers Intellectual Property Practice

Near the end of 2019, Withers expanded its intellectual property practice into Los Angeles with the addition of attorneys specializing in high-tech, fashion technology, and intellectual property for emerging and established companies in multiple consumer segments.

In April of 2021, the Firm further expanded its international Withers tech practice into Boston with the addition of a new team of emerging growth company attorneys specializing in life sciences, intellectual property and transatlantic venture capital.  The team represents start-up to late stage clients. We are now looking to hire ambitious candidates looking to help grow our tech and intellectual property focused legal practice on a national and international basis. 


Clients from every walk of life

Our clients have achieved success in many fields, from senior executives to multi-generational families, owners, managers and investors in private capital and some of the world’s wealthiest people. In Europe we have represented 70% of The Sunday Times top 100 Rich List and in Asia we act for 35% of the Hong Kong Forbes Rich List. We act not just as private client lawyers but trusted advisers, looking to build strong relationships with you and with other professionals advising you. This is one of the reasons we are proud to have been asked to represent families down the generations. Our mission: To be recognized as the top, and only truly global, law firm offering integrated domestic and international private client and tax advice.



The private client team is ranked top in our offices around the world by the leading legal directories and have won and been shortlisted for a number of well recognized awards over the years.

The Technical Specialist/Patent Agent/IP Associate will assist attorneys with all aspects of drafting and prosecuting U.S. and International patent applications.
Primary Functions
• Responsible for the drafting, revising, and filing of patent documents
• Prepare U.S. Provisional, U.S. Non-provisional, and PCT applications and associated documents,
    including transmittals, Application Data Sheets, drawings, Information Disclosure Statements, and sequence listings
• Complete formality documents for national filing requirements including Powers of Attorney, assignments,
    and inventor declarations
• Complete legalization of documents, as required: order priority documents and assignments from
    the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; obtain foreign priority documents
• Advise patent litigation teams based on technical and scientific areas of expertise
• Assist corporate and intellectual property attorneys with IP due diligence
Specific Skills Required 
• Must possess strong technical skills and have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel,
   Outlook, PowerPoint, and programs like FileSite/iManage and Elite
• Solid command of the English language, including excellent spelling, grammar, punctuation, form and style
• Strong communication and interpersonal skills
• Experience drafting and prosecuting biotechnology patent applications
• Familiarity with legal terminology pertinent to the areas of assignment
• Ability to prioritize and multitask effectively
• Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently
• Must have basic knowledge of USPTO rules and procedures
Experience and Education Required 
• A minimum of two years of experience as a Technical Specialist is required
• A U.S. Patent and Trademark Office registration number is preferred, although not required
Education Requirement
A Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, cell biology, developmental biology, immunology, or pharmacology is required
Salary will scale to meet Applicant's legal qualification and experience level

COVID – 19 Vaccination Requirement

Withers Bergman LLP requires all new hires to provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment.  Reasonable accommodation(s) based on medical or religious grounds will be provided to qualified candidates.  Candidates will be required to verify their vaccination status only after a conditional offer of employment is made.  Applicants should not provide information about their vaccination status or need for accommodation prior to receiving a conditional offer of employment.


Equal Opportunities Employment Statement

The firm is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.  Equal employment opportunity has been and will continue to be a fundamental principle at the firm. Employment at the firm is based upon personal capabilities and qualifications without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.  The firm prohibits and will not tolerate any discrimination or harassment on the basis of any of these classifications or characteristics.

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