Patent Agent/Lawyer or Patent Agent Trainee (3+ Years)

  • Smart & Biggar
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Nov 14, 2023
Full time Lawyer (Private Practice)

Job Description

Smart & Biggar is Canada's largest firm practicing exclusively in intellectual property (IP) and technology law, with offices in Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. Our business covers all aspects of intellectual property and technology law – including the procurement of intellectual property protection for our clients (e.g. the filing and prosecution of patent and trademark applications), enforcement of IP rights and related litigation, licensing, legal, regulatory, and strategic advice. We have been leaders in intellectual property and technology law for over 125 years. We are regularly recognized as Canada’s top IP and technology firm.

We are part of the IPH Group. IPH Limited is the holding company for intellectual property and associated companies offering a wide range of IP services and products. IPH companies employ a highly skilled multidisciplinary team of over 1,200 people in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore and Thailand. IPH companies service a diverse client base of Fortune Global 500 companies, multinationals, public sector research organizations, SMEs and professional services firms worldwide.

We are passionate about what we do and what we can achieve. The IPH Group is committed to promoting and maintaining a workplace culture of shared respect across companies to enable us all to feel valued and be the best we can be.

The Opportunity.

We are currently looking for a Patent Agent/Lawyer or Patent Agent Trainee to join our national Electrical & Mechanical Patent group. In this role, you will work closely with world-class leaders in IP helping our team create business value by managing, obtaining, and leveraging IP assets for the benefit of our clients. We are confident the right candidate will find many opportunities to learn and grow within our firm.

It is expected that the successful candidate will work a mix of in-office and at home.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • A technical degree in either computer/engineering sciences
  • Three (3) + years of experience in patent drafting and prosecution in a law firm context or in a corporate (in-house) IP group
  • Class 1 or Class 3 license with CPATA in good standing
  • This role is English essential, but French language skills would be an asset
No recruiters or agencies please.


Smart & Biggar offers a comprehensive total rewards package including:
  • A competitive compensation structure based on transparency, clarity and fairness;
  • A flexible benefits program;
  • Personal days to help balance personal and professional commitments;
  • Employee referral program.
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 Firm and the broader legal profession.

We welcome applications from all qualified individuals. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

We thank all applicants in advance for their interest; however, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted via the clear legal job board in Canada.