Date posted: 15/04/2024

Location: Auckland or Wellington

Work type: Full-time, permanent

Role type: Patent Attorney – Biotech

If you’re inspired by brilliant thinking, come and work with our team of IP experts in one of Australasia’s leading IP firms and help protect, build and grow some of the world’s most exciting ideas and innovations.

This role is at Senior Associate level, and provides an excellent mix of local and overseas client work, working with some of New Zealand’s largest companies and universities, as well as overseas pharmaceutical companies and research institutes, on some truly fascinating developments and inventions in the biotech space.

Senior Associates at AJ Park are leaders in the business, helping clients navigate the best path to enforce their intellectual property rights and assisting them in dealing with any challenges to those rights by third parties. They hold deep experience in the field of IP rights and strive to build the practice and the eminence of the firm.

You will have exceptional communication skills, with the ability to think commercially and critically when providing advice for clients. You will exhibit a strong commitment to your own professional development and expanding your IP expertise.


In order to be successful in this role you will have:

  • Trans-Tasman, UK, EP and/or US patent attorney registration.

  • 6+ years' post-registration experience and the ability to work generally unsupervised.

  • Bachelor’s degree or post-graduate degree in biotechnology.

  • Patent opposition or litigation experience preferred.

  • A high level of skill in advocacy/writing against prior art.

  • Experience in managing time recordal and excellent financial discipline.

  • Experience in leading and mentoring junior attorneys and trainee attorneys.

  • The ability to build and drive your own practice, actively participating in business development.

  • Exceptional organisational skills including an ability to prioritise and meet competing deadlines.


What’s in it for you?

Be part of a talented and inclusive team, where you will gain fantastic experience in your field and have access to structured career development.

We are not your typical law firm – we dress for our day, have a flat structure and collegial vibe where bringing your whole self to work is at the heart of who we are. We offer competitive remuneration (salary plus incentive scheme) along with benefits as follows:

  • Structured wellness program, including a paid Wellness Benefit

  • Medical insurance

  • Paid parental leave of up to 18 weeks plus 3 weeks' partner leave

  • Leave purchase scheme (up to 2 weeks)

  • Formal professional development programs

  • Flexible working

  • Social club funded by the firm

  • Beautiful new offices in the heart of the CBD

You will have the opportunity to work across different levels in the organisation and make an impact with the work you will be doing. You will have exposure to some fascinating subject matter created by some brilliant and creative minds in New Zealand and abroad.


Who are we?

AJ Park is the IP firm of choice in New Zealand. We support our clients with intelligent action and are well respected both within the patent profession and by the clients we work with.

We offer a rewarding career, community and team spirit and opportunities to develop technically and personally.

Check us out here.

To apply please email your CV, covering letter, and full academic transcript to


Please note that this opportunity is only open to residents of New Zealand.

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