Our attorneys handle the full range of IP rights including patents, trade marks, and registered designs. We also handle the protection of plant variety rights. Within these areas we handle drafting, filing, prosecution, opposition, enforcement, defence and dispute resolution in general. We also advise on IP strategy and are able to offer support in due diligence and other aspects of corporate transactions handled by our law firm colleagues.
We see ourselves as trouble shooters. We help clients to overcome obstacles by whatever method best fits the strategy for that client. We partner with them and give them recommendations for how they should best protect their IP rather than simply providing options for them to choose from. As a result, we are regarded very much as members of our clients’ in house teams.
We understand work-life challenges and are sensitive to how work can impact your personal life. We respect this and will always encourage a good work-life balance. Our workplace is one where fairness, respect, equality and dignity are promoted and are part of the firm’s everyday goals and behaviour. There is a welcoming culture where we recognise that the different backgrounds, values, attitudes, skills and experience of our staff means they bring a unique perspective to work issues.
Reddie & Grose has an excellent reputation for training. Every new trainee will work closely with a partner of the firm who will be responsible for their day-to-day training and development. As a complement to this traditional one-to-one training, we have developed a bespoke training programme for our new trainees, which is intended to bring them up to speed with some of the core concepts of intellectual property law, and also to provide a degree of communal practical tuition.
The training programme begins with a two-week intensive training induction introducing the basics of patent law and other intellectual property laws, such as design law and trademark law. The training induction also includes sessions dealing with important practical aspects of the job such as “how to communicate with clients”, “effective marketing”, and “the role of a trainee”. The training programme then continues with weekly sessions devoted to practical training. The trainees work through different tasks of increasing complexity each week, and their work is then assessed by a partner or qualified attorney. Both communal and individual feedback is provided as part of a group discussion. These practical training sessions ensure that all of our new trainees are exposed to the same core practical examples, providing them with the tools to develop their skills together.
In total, seven weeks of a new trainee’s first year at Reddie & Grose are spent working through our bespoke training programme. After this, new trainees will be supported through a 13-week course leading to the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (currently provided by Queen Mary, University of London) and a European qualifying examination preparation course.
We want our trainees to have access to the best support they can get, so they are also encouraged to take advantage of courses and lectures provided by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.
We offer services across all key technologies, and have particular strengths in electronics and software, chemistry, mechanical engineering and biotechnology. In addition to patents and registered designs, several partners and assistants handle trade mark work for a great number of household brands.
We are looking for people who have the potential to take charge of a client relationship on behalf of the firm in the future – people who are personable as well as technically capable. What’s important is the quality of someone’s work – not just the number of hours they have billed in a year.
Minimum requirements: at least a 2:1 degree in Electronic or Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or IT discipline. We also welcome applications from those completing a doctorate, undertaking postgraduate research or working in industry.
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