Associate - IP Litigation (Science Background)

About us


MinterEllison is Australia’s largest law firm and provides legal and consulting services.


Purpose is at our core. We create lasting impacts with our clients, our people and our communities. Our teams collaborate and deliver to our Purpose, and consistently work to embed our values into everyday actions. Clients rely on our expertise and insights. They value our responsive, creative and commercial approach. We are curious by nature, diverse in our disciplines and authentic in our relationships.


Diversity and inclusion is at the core of our Purpose and informs the way we work with each other, our clients and in the community. We know that when we bring together diversity of thinking, skills, experience, gender identity, backgrounds and orientations, we get better results.


The Intellectual Property Team


As the only fully integrated intellectual property team, including a patent attorney practice, within an Australian firm. We approach litigious and commercial matters with a deep understanding of technology and the practical issues that arise when seeking to protect it. Our multidisciplinary team includes lawyers with scientific qualifications, registered trade mark attorneys and registered patent attorneys.


Our lawyers provide superior, practical advice and skilled handling of complex litigation. We are particularly experienced in working as part of global litigation teams and coordinating strategy across jurisdictions. Our clients span the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, telecoms, medical, consumer, agricultural, information technology, energy, mining, coatings and manufacturing industries.


Your Role


A great opportunity currently exists for an experienced IP Associate  to join us. In this role you will work closely with Partner, Simone Mitchell, on a broad range of litigated intellectual property matters with a particular focus on patent litigation and oppositions. You will have the opportunity to advise clients across a broad range of industries including pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, medical device and consumer goods industries.


What You Need


We welcome applications from lawyers with:

  • strong technical expertise in IP matters, ideally gained at a recognised Australian or international practice

  • a Bachelors Degree (or higher) in a relevant Science degree is preferred (but not essential)

  • a strong client focus and demonstrated ability to form enduring relationships with peers, clients and industry experts

  • ability to work in a highly collaborative environment

  • resilience and a commitment to excellence that matches our own

  • pride in your work and who you work for.


Who we are


We are consistently recognised as one of Australia's Most Attractive Firms, a WGEA Employer of Choice for Gender Equality in Australia and we hold Gold employer status with the Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI).


We make diversity in all its forms central to collaboration. This is why we offer hybrid working options to encourage balance, wellbeing and support for sustainable ways of working. We offer up to 20 weeks paid parental leave for the primary carer within the first 24 months following birth or adoption, and a range of social, financial and health benefits, including free gym membership – all with no minimum tenure.


We welcome applications from people of all ages, cultural backgrounds, genders (including if you identify as transgender or gender diverse), sexual orientations, as well as people living with a disability or who have family or carer responsibilities. We particularly encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to apply for roles with MinterEllison.


How to apply


We prefer to connect with people directly, so please submit your CV and cover letter for consideration by clicking on the 'Apply' button below.


If you would like further information, to tell us about any adjustments you might require through the recruitment process or if you want a confidential discussion, please contact Elisa Armiento on 0401 996 748 for a highly confidential discussion.


Agency submissions will not be accepted without prior express approval from the MinterEllison


Sydney, AU

Contract Type:  Permanent