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Patent Agent/Patent Agent Trainee/Articling Student

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Job Description

Victoria, British Columbia
Thompson Cooper LLP
201 - 1007 Fort St., Victoria BC V8V 3K5
1 September 2018
patent agent, lawyer, patent agent trainee
permanent, full-time

We are looking for an articling student or junior lawyer who is interested in a career as a patent agent and intellectual-property lawyer in Victoria, British Columbia, to start in the fall of 2018.

Thompson Cooper LLP is a boutique intellectual-property law firm located in Victoria.  The professionals in the firm consist of two lawyers who are also registered Canadian patent agents and trademark agents, and a non-lawyer trademark agent.  We act for both foreign and domestic clients, and have prosecuted patent cases in a broad range of technical and scientific areas, including: biotech, electrical, IT, mechanical, pharmaceutical etc.  We are a collegial firm with a sensible work-life balance.  Additional information about our firm is available at  www.tcllp.ca

Suitable candidates for the articling student or junior lawyer position will:
    - have the educational qualifications commonly expected for a patent agent trainee, being: a degree in Engineering (most engineering disciplines), Physics, Engineering Physics, Chemistry,  Biology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology or Organic Chemistry;
    - possess excellent written communication skills;
    - be comfortable with mechanical subject matter; and
    - preferably have taken intellectual property courses in Law School.

Suitable candidates for the junior lawyer position will also:
    - be qualified to practice law in British Columbia;
    - have some experience in litigation; and
    - have some experience with intellectual property, or more preferably, be a registered Canadian patent agent.

We think it desirable for articling students to have broad articles but, given the specialized nature of our firm, we cannot directly provide articling experience in a range of practice areas.  However, we have friendly relationships with many Victoria firms and we would help to arrange shared articles to give experience in practice areas other than intellectual property.

Victoria  is highly rated among world cities for quality-of-life, and is known for its mild climate, scenic beauty and year-round recreational opportunities. The winters are mild and rainy (though Victoria receives about a third less rain than Vancouver) and the summers are dry and sunny (e.g., Victoria receives more hours of sunshine per year than Toronto).  The Greater Victoria  metropolitan area has a population of about 380,000.  Victoria is recognized as a tourist destination but advanced technology has surpassed tourism as Victoria’s largest revenue-generating private industry.  As of 2014, Victoria’s advanced technology sector generated $3.15 billion in annual revenue and directly employed about 15,000 people.

Please forward a short cover letter, resume (with references), undergraduate and law school transcripts, and a writing sample (preferably a written work required for a law school course), by e-mail to the attention of Michael Cooper,  mcooper@tcllp.ca, by no later than 16 July.


Michael Cooper
250 389-0387