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Patent Agent Trainee: Life Sciences

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Job Description

Ottawa, Ontario
Smart & Biggar
55 Metcalfe Street
4 June 2018
patent agent, lawyer, trademark agent trainee
permanent, full-time

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.   


  • recent Ph.D. degree in immunology and/or molecular biology with demonstrated interest in IP; strong immunology training preferred. 

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

  • one or two years IP training at a law firm or in-house  
  • passed at least one patent agency exam
  • a law degree. 

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 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://canr54.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. Find out why 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.


Carley Sugeng