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Patent Agent Trainee: Life Sciences

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Job Description

Ottawa, Ontario
Smart & Biggar
55 Metcalfe Street
30 April 2018
patent agent trainee

Smart & Biggar has been at the forefront of IP and technology law for over 100 years.  We practice in every area of IP on behalf of an exceptional international clientele, and we are consistently ranked as Canada’s leading IP firm.  We are committed to hiring people with different backgrounds and experience, who represent the best talent in their field. 

We are looking to hire a Patent Agent Trainee (or recently qualified Patent Agent) to join our Ottawa Life Sciences practice group. In this role you will work closely with world-class leaders in IP helping our team create business value by managing, protecting and leveraging our clients’ IP assets. The right candidate will find many opportunities to learn and grow within our firm.  This is an excellent opportunity for a new graduate interested in a career in Intellectual Property. 


Recent Masters or Ph.D. degree in Life Sciences, well-trained in organic chemistry

It would be an asset, but not essential, to have:

  • a background in immunology / molecular biology
  • an LLB
  • passed at least one patent agency exam
  • experience or demonstrated interest in IP. 

The ideal candidate:

  • understands the importance of exceptional client service
  • can write and speak clearly and concisely
  • is curious about IP and diligent in problem solving
  • is personable, energetic and enthusiastic. 

Located in the heart of downtown Ottawa, close to transit and amenities, Smart & Biggar offers a comprehensive total rewards package including: 

  • A competitive compensation structure based on transparency, clarity and fairness
  • A flexible benefits program
  • Personal days to help balance personal and professional commitments
  • Employee referral program 

If you are interested in applying to this opportunity, please submit your resume electronically through our Career Portal: https://canr53.dayforcehcm.com/CandidatePortal/en-US/SmartBiggar/Posting/View/750

Smart & Biggar is a proud member of the Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network (LFDIN), working to promote diversity and encourage a culture of inclusion in our firms and the broader legal profession. We welcome application from all qualified individuals. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process. 

Smart & Biggar is proud to have been selected as a 2018 winner of the National Capital Region Top Employer Award. Read more at http://canadastop100.com/2018/smart-biggar/ 

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.