High-Tech Patent Agent Trainee and Patent Agent

Blakes is one of Canada’s largest full-service law firms with a dynamic, team-oriented work environment and a prestigious national and international clientele. Blakes is consistently recognized as having a leading intellectual property (IP) practice, offering clients expertise in a broad range of technical disciplines.

Our Intellectual Property group is currently seeking a Patent Agent Trainee and a Registered Patent Agent for our Toronto office, with an engineering background in a high-tech discipline such as systems design, electrical, computer, software, nanotechnology or mechatronics. Advanced post-graduate degrees are an asset but not mandatory.

The successful Patent Agent Trainee candidate will be part of a dynamic training program in a patent practice working towards a qualification as a Registered Patent Agent. The skills acquired in this position will include all aspects of patent prosecution, litigation and corporate transaction support, including patent drafting and examination, preparation of patentability, infringement and validity assessments, and be engaged in patent portfolio management.

The successful Registered Patent Agent candidate will handle all aspects of patent prosecution, litigation and corporate transaction support, including patent drafting and examination, preparation of patentability, infringement and validity assessments, and be engaged in patent portfolio management. We are seeking a Patent Agent that has been qualified for one to three years.

The ideal candidate will have strong technical skills in a high tech field, preferably with some exposure to software systems and emerging technologies. Applicants should also have strong academic credentials, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Experience working in a relevant engineering field is considered an asset, particularly any professional services experience with a demonstrated ability to offer pragmatic, business-oriented advice.

Please submit your application, with résumé and transcripts, directly to our online application portal by clicking on Submit Application. Applications should be addressed to the attention of: Brett Slaney, Patent Agent, Toronto Office. 416-863-2518.

Blakes welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. The Firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment composed of people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, identities and cultures.

The Firm provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities during the recruitment process in accordance with applicable laws. Please contact us to request accommodation.