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Qualified Patent Attorney or Trainee – Brisbane

 

Michael Buck IP is a Brisbane based, independent firm of patent and trade marks attorneys. In addition to a rapidly growing international practice, the firm has a strong local client base, including leading companies and universities.

Our firm is consistently amongst the top ten filers of both provisional patent applications and International (PCT) applications in Australia.

About You

We are seeking someone with a technical degree in engineering with a preference for a major in mechanical engineering.

Prior experience working in industry is also particularly valuable in this role but not essential.

Excellent written English and high-level technical communication skills are also necessary. 

While a registered patent attorney is preferred, motivated applicants that are new to the profession or partially qualified will be considered.

Trade mark experience is also highly valued but not essential. 

About the Role

The role includes meeting with inventors and business owners and assisting them to identify and protect valuable intellectual property.

You will prepare patent specifications and organise the filing of patent applications in Australia and throughout the world. 

Our attorneys also represent overseas businesses and foreign associates, and our registered attorneys travel extensively to build and maintain foreign business relationships.

Other facets of the role include contentious work including opposition work and the provision of enforcement and validity advice to clients.

The firm has a friendly and interactive culture that values information sharing and cooperation between attorneys for achieving optimal client outcomes. 

This is a full-time position, based at our Brisbane offices in Queensland. Relocation costs and repayment of training fee obligations are available to the right candidate.

 What’s in it for You

  • Happiness Matters – Be part of a collegiate team in a firm known for friendly culture, and flexibility with:
    1. a nine-day fortnight;
    2. work from home options;
    3. a supportive environment in which your ideas are welcomed, taken seriously, and acted upon to improve the firm;
    4. opportunities for international travel, networking and professional development.
    5. Competitive salary.
  • Win-Win Philosophy –You’ll be encouraged and given the resources to reach your full professional potential. Our attorneys enjoy a generous bonus incentive along with competitive salaries and realistic billing targets.
  • Path to Equity – We’re independent and privately owned which means we provide genuine opportunity for career progression and pathways to equity.


In addition to joining a firm where you will have a varied and stimulating workload serving a diversity of clients, the firm is also highly awarded and recognised, including:

  • Winner of the Beaton Client Choice Awards for five consecutive years in the Boutique IP Firm Category (2020 – 2024). The award is based entirely on client feedback; 
  • Top Australian IP firm for Patent Prosecution (Bronze) in the IAM Patent 1000 rankings (2022 – 2023); and
  • Top Australian IP firm for Trade Mark Prosecution and Strategy in the WTR1000 Trade Mark rankings (2021 – 2023).


APPLY NOW

To apply for this position, please send a single page cover letter and your CV to careers@mbip.com.au. All expressions of interest are treated in strictest confidence.

Please no agents at this stage.

General Career Enquiries

We are always looking for talented and motivated people to join our team. If you have experience in the IP industry and you’re interested in working with us, please forward your EOI application (marked “Confidential”) to mail@mbip.com.au (direct applications preferred).

Successful applicants can expect an attractive remuneration package, commensurate with skills and experience, as well as a progressive career path.

Careers - Jeremy's Story

Jeremy Moller, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney Brisbane

Jeremy Moller, Principal completed degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). During his studies and then continuing on after the completion of these degrees, Jeremy worked with a small, Brisbane-based engineering consultancy that was responsible for significant work on the Queen Street Busway, for several years.

Jeremy subsequently completed his studies and registered as a patent attorney whilst working at other large Brisbane-based attorney firms, and after four and a half years working in the IP profession Jeremy joined MBIP as an Associate in February 2018.

He was highly regarded and referred to as a “rising star” and “young gun” by several industry commentators. Jeremy was looking for a future that included the possibility of equity partnership, an opportunity that is no longer possible in the publicly listed Australian patent attorney firms.

Jeremy’s excellent technical skills in electrical engineering and high-level patent drafting and prosecution capabilities helped secure his elevation to Senior Associate in July 2019.

In this supportive environment, Jeremy displayed he was adept at business and systems development, and determined to improve internal operation with his work on upgrading the firm’s document management and other admin systems. In recognition of his hard work and dedication to building the firm, he was made a Principal in August 2020.

Jeremy answers questions about his role and what he enjoys most at MBIP, below:

Why did you decide to become an attorney?

I began studying in 2013 and became registered in 2016.

After working in an engineering role for a time, I realised that I wasn’t going to enjoy being in a specific role or technical area over the long term and began seeking alternatives for applying the skills I had learned when I came across an ad for a trainee role. I really liked the idea of helping innovative people protect their inventions and, ultimately, the interview went well and here we are!

What first attracted you to a career at Michael Buck IP?

I had worked at two other Queensland-based attorney firms prior to joining MBIP. I knew I wanted to work at a younger firm where I could contribute my ideas to help grow the business, be given the resources to reach my full professional potential, and progress to an equity Partner role.

What do you like about working in Brisbane?

Brisbane has all the attractive qualities of a big city while still being quite accessible and affordable (sorry Sydney and Melbourne).

There is always a lot going on whether you’re into sports, arts or just want a nice meal, and with the Olympics coming in 2032, there are so many new and exciting developments and projects underway, it’s only going to get better.

What part of your role do you enjoy most?

I love developing a strategy with a client. Each client is completely unique and has their own set of needs and wants that you need to balance with their budget and coming up with a strategy that gets the most for them without being unrealistic and overcommitting them is really rewarding.

Can you give us an idea of the range of clients you work with and the variety of technologies you enjoy the most/are interested in?

My technical background is in electrical and electronics engineering and mathematics and I work with inventors in the mining, electric vehicle and power systems industries.

I really enjoy working on devices and processes that use new algorithms to improve on existing technologies. The rapid growth and advance in robotics, machine vision, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) has been incredibly fascinating and its applications in all different technologies, from improved medical diagnostic and treatment tools to fruit picking and power line fault detection, has been absolutely incredible.

I have always been very interested in space (I wanted to be an astronomer at one point) and recently, with all the excitement around the Australian Space Agency and space exploration, I have taken an interest in space technology and innovation, and particularly satellites, communication systems and electronic devices in space. It’s a really exciting aspect of the law and innovation that I think is going to really take off in the next few years.

What is the most useful advice you’ve been given in your career?

There are quite a few that I recall regularly but I think the best advice I received is to keep your writing simple and concise. You don’t need to be verbose or use the most beautiful language to get your point across.

What do you do when you’re not being a patent attorney?

I have two dogs, Millie and Rocky, and they’re beagles so a lot of time is spent walking them and letting their noses get a workout. They really need the exercise to work off all the treats they eat!

I also really enjoy baking. I know a lot of people find it stressful but following the steps is relaxing, even if it doesn’t work out perfectly every time and it’s a great opportunity to use my hands for something other than typing a patent specification.

If I’m not in the kitchen you will probably find me in the garden tending to my fruit trees. I have been trying to grow a lot of citrus and native fruit trees lately. It’s definitely a work in progress but I was quite excited to pick my first Buddha’s hand fruit this week even if I’m not quite sure how to use it yet. I’m thinking of infusing it into some gin though.

If you are seeking a fulfilling career like Jeremy’s, contact us!

Want to know what it's like working at MBIP? Here are some perspectives from some of our current non-attorney team members:

RYAN MOULDER – PATENT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined MBIP August 2021

How would you describe the culture at MBIP?

I like the culture at Michael Buck IP, it is both professional and fun. Everyone is committed to providing a good customer experience and that is a great culture to be a part of.

How would you describe your work-life balance?

I have a great work-life balance, I don’t feel overworked but still always have plenty to do.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?

The aspect I enjoy most about my job is the level of agency that is offered as an employee, that is the trust that I can do my job without constant supervision and being able to perform tasks on my own.

Do you feel you have opportunities for growth and development?

There are plenty of opportunities for growth and development if you are willing to put yourself and your skills forward.

What sets MBIP apart from other workplaces you’ve experienced?

Michael Buck IP is set apart from the other workplaces that I have worked at primarily due to the quality of leadership. There is a flow down effect in companies which starts at the top and Michael Buck IP has a first rate working environment and work-life balance for a firm.

DARCIE BURKE – MARKETING AND ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined MBIP October 2022

How would you describe the culture at MBIP?

I think the main word I’d use to describe MBIP’s culture would be supportive. There is always someone willing to help or explain anything if you’re struggling, and new ideas or suggestions are taken on board for consideration. 

How would you describe your work-life balance?

I would say my work-life balance at MBIP is excellent. The 9-day fortnight system is very helpful in ensuring I have time for myself even during the week, and my work isn’t my entire life. 

What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?

Working in both marketing and administration, I enjoy the varied responsibilities my job entails, and the organised processes embedded within it. Working in the marketing department of a firm of MBIP’s size means that I get to work across many different marketing activities, including content creation, research, social media management, and collating and analysing data. In terms of administration, I find it satisfying to work through a structured process to come to an end result. 

Do you feel you have opportunities for growth and development?

Yes, MBIP is very supportive in allowing me to grow professionally via different routes, including finding new ways to apply my skills and facilitating my developing and learning new ones. 

What sets MBIP apart from other workplaces you’ve experienced?

What sets MBIP apart for me is the collaborative nature of how the firm runs. Ideas and suggestions are welcomed, and everyone is willing to lend a helping hand for the good of the team as a whole. 

SAM KELLY – PATENT ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Joined MBIP November 2022

How would you describe the culture at MBIP?

Friendly, welcoming, supportive, and professional.

How would you describe your work-life balance?

The team is dedicated to respecting the lifestyle of everyone outside of the workplace and they work hard to maintain a good work/life balance for everyone.

What aspects of your job do you enjoy the most?

How challenging it can be is rewarding to me. I enjoy the autonomy in how I process my work and appreciate the kindness and patience I am afforded while learning. 

Do you feel you have opportunities for growth and development?

I believe there is room for growth as the company grows. I appreciate that I have been given opportunities to expand my knowledge base. Michael Buck IP have supported me into pathways (like IP Course) to further my understanding and hopefully my career.

What sets MBIP apart from other workplaces you’ve experienced?

The team culture is a large factor, the staff are empathetic, kind and encouraging. I feel valued and recognised.