HGF Vacancy

Trainee Trade Mark Attorney – Manchester


Job ref: TraineeTM/Manchester

Job Type: Trainee
Sectors: Trade marks

Hours: Full-Time 37.5 per week

Benefits: Annual performance bonus, agile working policy, pension, life insurance, private medical and dental, PHI, season ticket loan, 27 days holiday per annum, holiday purchase scheme

About HGF

HGF Limited is one of Europe’s largest intellectual property specialist firms and one of only a few to offer a fully integrated IP solution, bringing over 200 Patent Attorneys, Trade Mark Attorneys and IP Solicitors together to provide a full-service IP solution.

With 25 offices across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland & Austria, HGF’s Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys provide specialist technical and legal advice to blue chip organisations and small to medium businesses across the world. Many of our clients are household names and the work HGF does allows them to protect and exploit their inventions, new products and branding.

Role purpose

Supporting the Manchester and Birmingham teams principally but also collaborating with colleagues across the UK and Europe. In addition to studying for qualification as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys will be given training and exposure to client work, under supervision, in order to develop the skills over time to perform the following responsibilities:

Advising Clients

  • Discussing trade marks and designs with clients and ascertaining whether they are likely to succeed in being granted/registered
  • Advising on chances of success and likely legal costs
  • Drafting trade mark and design applications to make a suitably broad claim for monopoly protection
  • Providing updates on the application process
  • Advising on the infringement and enforcement of trade mark and design rights
  • Advising on whether business activities will infringe someone else’s trade mark or design rights.


Providing Legal Protection

  • Working, where necessary, with solicitors, barristers and overseas lawyers to defend or enforce UK, EU and international trade mark and design rights
  • Mounting challenges to perceived infringements
  • Supporting or conducting contentious proceedings at the UKIPO, or in the High Court, including IPEC.


Developing a Client Base

  • Working with the trade mark, patents and law teams in Edinburgh and Manchester and the wider national and EU trade marks team and the Business Development team to identify marketing opportunities
  • Attending and contributing to relevant conferences and client events
  • Extending the levels of billable business with existing clients
  • Obtaining new clients, initially with support and ultimately with little support from others.


Maintaining Professional Skill Levels

  • Keeping up to date with legal developments in the intellectual property field
  • Studying for and obtaining the professional trade mark attorney qualifications.
Candidate essential experience, qualifications and skills
  • Genuine interest and passion for brands and how they work
  • You will hold a minimum 2:1 degree
  • An eye for detail and accuracy
  • Ability to structure a precise, coherent argument
  • A team player who can work collaboratively but also under their own steam
  • Excellent communications skills, both written and oral
  • Confidence, tenacity and persuasiveness
  • Commercially minded and able to see the bigger picture for clients
  • Ability to develop successful working relationships with a wide variety of people
  • Ability to research and collate information
  • Ability to prioritise workload
  • Readiness to take responsibility
  • Readiness to take on board feedback for improvement
  • Proactive approach to tasks and problem solving
  • Confidence and personal credibility to represent the firm to existing and potential clients
  • Motivation to study effectively in own time.

You would like to contribute your professional experience to an expanding law firm? Then we would be pleased to receive your application. Please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter to: [email protected]

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