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Vancouver, British Columbia
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
1200 - 200 Burrard Street, Vancouver BC V6C 3L6
patent agent trainee

Open Date: October 30th, 2017

Close Date: November 20th, 2017


Patent Agent Trainee – Intellectual Property

BLG’s Intellectual Property Group is currently recruiting a Patent Agent Trainee with a degree in Electrical, Physics, Computer Engineering or Materials Engineering, or similar discipline, to join its team in the Vancouver office.

BLG is a leading national law firm with a significant and well-established Intellectual Property (IP) group and practice.  IP is one of the core practice areas at BLG, and our clients enjoy the benefits of specialized IP services provided on an integrated full service platform.  Many of our IP Lawyers, Trademark Agents, and Patent Agents are consistently ranked as leading practitioners in international publications, and our national IP group offers expertise in the protection, enforcement, and commercialization of IP.  BLG boasts a diverse client base, spanning all industry sectors including some of the most innovative domestic and international companies.

Applicants who have strong client management and teamwork skills are sought to assume significant responsibility in an active and diverse Intellectual Property practice.  Under the supervision and mentoring of qualified Patent Agents and Lawyers, the candidate will primarily assist in drafting patent specifications for our clients’ inventions and prosecuting patent applications in Canada and abroad, working with agents in other jurisdictions.  It would be an asset if the candidate is a member in good standing with the British Columbia Bar.  The candidate must also appreciate the importance of providing business-focused advice to clients.

The successful candidate will enjoy a great deal of opportunity to develop their skills and career as part of a successful team.  With BLG’s national ongoing professional development/legal education program, the successful candidate will obtain advanced training, mentoring and exposure to the firm’s clients.  This is an ideal position for someone who is a consummate team player, with strong analytical, interpersonal, and oral and written communication skills, who takes initiative, and seeks an opportunity to be allowed to further develop beyond their current skill level.  In addition to having a degree in Electrical, Physics, Computer Engineering or Materials Engineering, patent experience would be advantageous. 

BLG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from diverse candidates.

If you are interested in joining our law firm, please send your cover letter, résumé, transcripts and list of references, by November 20th, 2017, in confidence to:

Sindy Peixoto | National Head of Professional Recruiting Borden Ladner Gervais LLP | 1000 de la Gauchetière West, Suite 900 | Montreal, Quebec H3B 5H4T: 514.954.3173 | Email: SPeixoto@blg.com  

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Applicants with disabilities may notify us of any accommodations needed to support your participation in the recruitment processes.

BLG is an integrated national law firm that provides a broad range of legal services, with more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals working in five major Canadian cities.

BLG is committed to helping our professionals reach the next level in their careers. Our comprehensive approach to professional development has received widespread recognition.

Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding the important principles of our Respectful Workplace Policy, and treating everyone with respect, regardless of position.

* Please note that relatives of current BLG employees and Partners are not eligible for consideration.



Sindy Peixoto