IP Formalities Assistant

Term: Permanent
Department: IP Protection
Location: Belfast or Manchester
The Team

Fieldfisher is famous for IP. Our market-leading specialist team has a proven track-record of success. With a wealth of expertise across sectors including technology, media, life sciences, retail, energy and natural resources. Our IP team represent a number of household name clients in protecting their IP and regularly work for clients in the UK and EU, North America, the Middle East, China and the Far East and Asia Pacific. 

  • Preparing, filing and reporting new trade mark and design applications
  • Attending to patent annuities
  • Attending to formalities requirements
  • Attending to drafting of responses to objections and other responses before the relevant Registry
  • Processing official documents (filing receipts, publication notices and registration certificates)
  • Billing, records database and other administration duties relating to the aforesaid
Key Skills & Experience
  • Good academics and experience in trade mark formalities either gained in a law firm or patent/trade mark Agency
  • Patent annuities and formalities experience
  • Able to work without supervision and to be able to demonstrate initiative
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent time management skills and a good team player
  • Able to demonstrate a genuine interest in the client’s business and be client-facing


The Firm

We are a law firm built around people with all their diversity and we strike a healthy balance between legal excellence and a down-to-earth practical approach to our clients' needs. We believe The Future is Human, so we choose a collaborative approach with an intense focus on the end-user and consider carefully how to shape our services to add the most value to our clients. 

Fieldfisher is also keeping pace with the continually unpredictable world, with a sector-diverse team of IP specialists on hand to assist clients.  We use new models of working and staff teams appropriately, integrating legal technology and new skill sets needed for today's modern legal adviser. 

Many of our lawyers are top-ranked in various legal directories and we are widely respected thought leaders, digging deep into the issues that matter most to our clients. For IP we are ranked as a Tier 1 firm in the Legal 500 for Intellectual Property: Trade Marks, Copyright and Design.  We have been described as ‘Fantastic partners and  associates. This is a firm where you can rely on the whole team to be really excellent, not just one individual.‘

Our growing European network of offices supports an international client base alongside our strategic bases in Silicon Valley and China. 

Among our clients, we count technology companies providing internet-related services and products, consulting and digital services, pharmaceutical, life sciences and medical devices companies, energy suppliers, infrastructure and chemicals companies, as well as banks and financial institutions.

Clients choose to work with us because we deliver commercial, pragmatic and innovative solutions through our exceptional legal expertise and experience, on time and on budget. When asked, clients say we are friendly and down to earth. 

Fieldfisher aims to ensure equality of opportunity and we are actively working towards improving the diversity of our staff. All applications will only be considered on merit and the applicant's suitability to meet the requirements of the role.