Interim Trade Mark Paralegal, Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd. - Surrey


22 days ago


London & South East




Up to £350 per day


1st Sep 2019


22.5 hours per week


Astellas Pharma Europe Ltd

The ethos of CHANGING TOMORROW™ is everyone’s responsibility at Astellas - for creating a brighter future for patients around the world. From the first moment, Astellas will inspire you to put this ethos into practice – with a positive, agile company culture and with well-defined ethical principles and values and systems.

Everything we do is led by our company values of integrity, being patient centric, taking ownership, delivering results and communicating openly. These values are essential to Astellas’ relationship with its employees. You will be encouraged to develop your talents and achieve your full professional potential as you engage closely with the company, furthering its success and growth, and reinforcing its contribution to society. At every point, you will have the confidence of knowing you are part of an organisation that believes in keeping its promises.

At Astellas, we believe that nurturing exceptional relationships with our employees delivers exceptional business results.
The Role - 22.5 hours pw, 6 mth interim contract (possible extension)

Attending to the formalities related to trade mark portfolios gained in private practice and/or in-house roles.  Working with the Astellas Trade Mark Counsel to provide Trade Mark support as follows (non-exhaustive):

  • Manage post and deadlines
  • Drafting and preparing specifications of goods and services
  • Filing UK, EUTM and WIPO trade mark applications
  • Filing UK, EUTM and WIPO trade mark renewals
  • Preparing responses to specification objections
  • Preparing relevant documents for execution relating to trade marks eg, Powers of Attorney, assignments, licenses, prior rights etc
  • Instructing local counsel with regard to trade mark renewals and various recordals before the local IPO’s
  • Liaising with trade mark associates and Intellectual Property Offices
  • Good working knowledge/use of an IP database and various national trademark databases
  • Management of parallel import notifications and samples; oversee interaction with business partners, ie RA, QA and Legal if relevant and any arising action
  • Addressing basic trade mark and domain name queries in the absence of TM Attorney
  • Interaction with the business on various levels

Provide similar support as it relates to Domain Names and any Copyright matters 

Qualifications & Skills

  • CITMA qualified Trade Mark Paralegal Course or equivalent
  • At least 12 months Trade Mark experience 
  • Working knowledge of Trade Mark formalities
  • Knowledge of pharmaceutical industry an advantage but not essential
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Able to follow processes
  • ICT skills:  command of computer packages, eg Microsoft Office, MS Excel, Adobe, WebTMS, Anaqua, etc 
  • Team player
  • Client-oriented and pro-active attitude
  • Aware how to handle confidential information
  • Good English language skills
  • Sound interpersonal skills
  • Culturally aware
  • Able to learn multiple Astellas internal systems and gain understanding and knowledge of the basic accounting process
  • Excellent organisational skills and an ability to multitask and to work to tight deadlines
  • Assertive but approachable
  • Ability to work autonomously

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