Special Counsel/Senior IP Lawyer

About the role

If you are a motivated, enthusiastic senior lawyer seeking an opportunity to provide a broad range of IP transactional services and grow a transactional IP practice, we would like to hear from you.

This role will see you providing services in the transactional IP area, your work will focus on advising on and drafting various types of agreements that deal with intellectual property rights, including trade marks, designs, patents, copyright and plant breeders rights.   

Our clients are involved in the creation and exploitation of valuable intellectual property rights and the services in the transactional IP area are of significant assistance to them as they look to commercialise their IP.


Key responsibilities of the role include: 

  • Drafting and advising on agreements related to the development and commercialisation of intellectual property including software development,licensing and assignment documentation
  • Providing timely and accurate advice to clients in relation to the protection and commercialisation of intellectual property rights
  • Providing advice on confidential information and draft confidentiality agreements particularly as they relate to the protection of intellectual property rights
  • Advising generally on intellectual property rights including the identification of risks and possible mitigation strategies

You will need to have a sound understanding of contract and licensing law and the application of these areas in the intellectual property field. Experience in copyright and trade practices law would also be desirable.

Initially, you will be the key service provider in the transactional IP area. In addition to servicing existing clients, you will be responsible for marketing and business development. It is the desire of the firm that the transactional IP area grow in the volume of work and team size over the next 2-3 years. It is envisaged that there will be the opportunity to supervise a small team of additional lawyers as the practice grows.


You will have 

  • A sound background and knowledge of the areas of law identified above
  • The ability to work in a collaborative environment with our IP litigators and the patent and trade marks attorneys of our associated patent and trade mark firm,
  • Skills in marketing and business development
  • Experience of leading a small team
  • The drive and tenacity to grow the transactional IP area of the firm
  • A desire to consistently learn and grow in the field


About us

Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick (POF) is a privately owned patent and trade mark attorney firm with offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide.  Our Melbourne office is centrally located at 333 Collins Street.  Our main business is in the procurement and defence of intellectual property rights including patents, trade marks and designs for our clients both domestically and internationally.

We operate at the forefront of innovation and technology, providing our people with opportunities to contribute to real and rewarding outcomes. Our client base is diverse and ranges from individual inventors through to leading multinational corporations.

We are committed to fostering a culture of engagement and collaboration, where our people feel supported and empowered in their roles.

Our inclusive culture enables us to perform at a high level, ensuring we can provide our clients with considered and innovative outcomes. POF was officially recognised as an Inclusive Employer 2021-22 by the Diversity Council of Australia.


About our workplace

On a day-to-day basis, we work with innovative clients to protect their ideas and inventions locally and internationally.

POF prides itself on valuing its people and the diversity and innovative thinking our people bring to our business. Our culture is built on principles of inclusion, respect and integrity. Our employees enjoy challenging work in a collegial team-based environment with a genuine work/life balance.

Apart from working in a supportive, inclusive and welcoming environment, POF employees enjoy access to a range of benefits and initiatives including:

  • Gender-neutral paid parental carers leave
  • Purchased annual leave
  • Salary continuance
  • Generous leave provisions (pandemic, vaccine, family violence paid leave)
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements
  • Health and wellbeing programs
  • Reward and recognition program including discretionary bonuses


We encourage and welcome applications from people living with disability, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, LGBTQIA+ people, all genders, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and mature age people.

Should you require any specific support or adjustments throughout the recruitment process and beyond, please let us know and we will be happy to assist.


How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to confidential@pof.com.au 


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