Careers & OpportunitiesJoin
We are a mid-size firm as far as boutiques go, and we
are growing. We have career opportunities for:
- Articling Students
- Foreign Students
- Lateral Associates
- Patent and Trade-mark Agents
- Administrative Personnel
1. ARTICLING STUDENTS
You will benefit from our experience,
mentors, weekly meetings, open door policy, and
exposure to all areas of intellectual property law
including prosecution and litigation - and still have
a life outside of work.
As our focus is exclusively intellectual property
law, you will be immersed in this specialized and
highly exciting field.
Each year, we offer an
articling position for one, and sometimes for two
students. Generally, one student performs a rotation
with respect to patent work while the other student
will do trademark work. Half way through the articling
term, the students switch rotations.
and Trade-mark Prosecution / Litigation
believe in learning from the ground up. You need to
know the basics. As our student, you may be asked to
serve and file documents in the Federal Court, the
Ontario Court and at the Supreme Court of Canada. You
will also receive our famous “Can you find it by
yourself?” tour of the Patent and Trade-marks Office.
You will learn how to search and prepare a
patentability or registrability opinion based on your
You will get to draft and prepare
applications, affidavits, pleadings, assignments and
transfers, all in relation to patents, trademarks, and
copyright. Our students have access to numerous
precedents and all our professionals are eager to
answer your questions. In addition, we also pair you
up with a lawyer who is your principal mentor
throughout the year.
You also have the
opportunity to develop skills in gathering facts for
use as evidence in Court, perform legal research for
litigation purposes, and write legal memoranda to be
incorporated in opinions and factums. You will be
encouraged and invited to observe examinations,
discoveries, court motions and Trade-mark Opposition
Board hearings, especially when you are involved in
preparing for the case.
Our students attend our weekly
Practice Meetings where we present the latest cases
from the Courts and any new developments in
intellectual property law, both in Canada and abroad.
We also have weekly litigation meetings to keep the
litigation team informed of new rules, procedures and
the progress of our own litigation
Resources and Benefits
will receive access to Quick Law, trade-mark search
databases, reporting services and high speed internet
access. Each of our students is provided with a
computer running the latest software.
student salary is comparable to those of major firms
in Ottawa. Benefits include a comprehensive medical /
dental plan and Phase I Bar Admission fees.
more information about this program, or to apply,
please send your resume, or contact Gary Arkin.
Please note that preference in our selection
process is given to students with technical
backgrounds such as engineering and/or
2. FOREIGN STUDENTS
In the past, we have had law students from other
countries work with our firm for periods of 3 or 6
months. For more information about this program, or to
apply, please send us your resume, or contact Gary
3. LATERAL ASSOCIATES
We continue to look for qualified individuals who
will work as team members in providing quality legal
services to our clients.
Lateral associates have
the opportunity to participate in all areas of our
intellectual property practice, including patent,
trademark and copyright litigation, prosecution, and
Applicants should have at least 2 years
experience in intellectual property. Applicants
interested in patents should also have an engineering
or science degree.
For more information about
this program, or to apply, send us your resume, or
4. PATENT AND TRADE-MARK AGENTS
We employ patent and trademark agents, and also
train individuals in the field and assist them to
prepare for the agency examinations.
Our Patent and
Trademark Agents draft and file applications for
patents and trademarks for Canada and abroad. They
also advise on and respond to examiners’ reports, as
well as communicate with foreign clients and
For more information about this
program, or to apply, send us your resume, or contact
5. ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL
Contact - Maureen Gallagher at (613)
232-7302 (ex 2260)
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