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Patent Specialist

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Job Description

Montréal, Québec
Smart & Biggar
1000 De La Gauchetière Street West, 3300
1 October 2018
permanent, full-time

We are seeking a Patent Specialist to join the Electrical/Mechanical Patent team in our Montreal office. As a Patent Specialist, you will be involved in many of the aspects of patent procurement, including filing of new application, responding to communications from the Patent Office and communicating with our clients in the United States and overseas.  As a Patent Specialist you will report directly to a partner in our patent team to deliver top quality services to our clients.


  • Work jointly with partners to oversee and manage the associate patent practice
  • Provide support to partners in managing the overall operations of the patent practice
  • Take a proactive role in improving the efficiency and level of client service provided to associate clients
  • Managing the correspondence with the patent authorities related to the preparation and prosecution of the patent applications; assists outside counsel in finalizing the application to be filed with the patent and trademark office
  • Analyzing and amending patent applications based on client instructions
  • Managing mandates in light of deadlines
  • Interacting as part of our dynamic patent prosecution team
  • Providing some coaching to  patent operations team and act as a role model

We are looking for candidates with:

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a patent procurement department either in private practice or in a corporate environment
  • University degree or a combination of education and work experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to deal directly with clients and all levels of staff;
  • Perfectly bilingual (French-English)
  • Excellent attention to detail, highly organized and proactive;
  • Highly proficient in MS Office and ability to learn new software and technology quickly

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

  • A competitive compensation structure based on transparency, clarity and fairness
  • Benefits with no waiting period
  • Personal days to help balance personal and professional commitments
  • Family-friendly policies including a 35-hour workweek

If you are interested in applying to this opportunity, please submit your resume electronically through our Career Portal.

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 one of Canada’s 2018 Top Small and Medium Employers. Find out why!

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


Carley Sugeng