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Junior / Mid-Level Associate, Intellectual Property

Company Name: Clyde & Co
Employment Type:Full Time
Location: Dubai
Experience: 2-5 years
Degree: Bachelor
Nationality: Any
No. Of Vacancies:1
Job Description:
The Team
Clyde & Co has been advising on intellectual property (IP), technology/media/telecoms (TMT) and commercial matters in the Middle East for more than 20 years. The firm boasts the largest full-service IP team of any international law firm in the region and a market-leading TMT practice. Whilst largely operating out of the Dubai office, the practice has team members in our offices in Abu Dhabi, Riyadh and Bahrain.
The group brings together an unrivalled level of experience across all specialist areas of IP and one of the longest-established technology law practices in the Middle East. The three-partner regional team handles a range of work across the spectrum ofIP, TMT and general commercial law. This includes transactional work on a variety of contracts, IP prosecution and enforcement and advisory support on IP and technology issues including data protection.
Mark Devaney leads the IP prosecution and enforcement practice and supports a wide variety of local and international clients, devising and implementing brand protection strategies and enforcing IP rights. Mark is ranked or recommended in the Legal 500, Chambers and World Trademark Review WTR 1000 directories for intellectual property.
Joycia Young manages a specialist practice in commercial IP with a focus on licensing, franchising and other commercialisation models, strategic IP advice and broader commercial and consumer regulation. Joycia has been continuously featured in the International Who’s Who of Franchise Lawyers since 2009. From 2017 to 2021, Joycia has been named by Managing IP/IP Stars as one of the top 250 Women in IP, globally and in 2020, was named the first and only “IP Transactions Star” in the UAE.
Dino Wilkinson leads the TMT offering and is recognised as one of the leading technology lawyers in the Middle East with a nomination in The Legal 500’s Hall of Fame for TMT practitioners in the UAE. Dino’s work includes advice on transformative software and outsourcing deals, as well as data protection and TMT regulatory work in the UAE and elsewhere in the region. His practice serves a broad clientele including government entities, financial institutions, and local and international technology clients.
With supporting lawyers and IP professionals from ten countries, including ten native Arabic speakers, the team produces work to the highest international standards with a strong appreciation of the cultural environment in which they operate in the Middle East. The practice prides itself on its ability to provide first class technical legal advice, which also reflects the commercial nuances of the local markets in which our clients operate. A large portion of the work is international, including support to global clients entering regional markets – particularly across the Middle East and North Africa – and advising local organisations on market expansion outside the region.

The Highlights
advising a variety of global fashion brands on regional brand protection and enforcement measures including with respect to counterfeit goods. This has included advising on and implementing strategies for the protection of 3-D and other non-traditional trademarks.
Supporting one of the world’s leading airlines in the management of its trademark portfolio, advising on new product launches and on enforcement against infringements.
Securing successful outcomes in a variety of domain name disputes and social media takedowns, including the successful takedown of a website containing materials which infringed the client’s copyright.

What the directories say
Sources commend the team as “an efficient group of experts who only do quality work and really are well qualified in their field.”
Chambers & Partners, 2021
Top ranked for IP in the UAE in every year since 2010
Chambers Global
Top ranked for IP in the UAE in every year since 2010
Legal 500
Providing a “practical, value-added service”, Mark Devaney “always goes the extra mile to help his clients and makes sure they get the best possible advice”. A go-to for prosecution, “he is commercially minded, pragmatic and takes the time to know the businesses he works with and understand what makes them tick; there is no ‘one size fits all’ rule with Mark
WTR 1000, 2021

The Role
We are looking for a junior to mid-level IP Associate. The primary focus of the role will be in supporting Mark Devaney in the IP prosecution and enforcement practice, although candidates with relevant experience and skillset will also work on commercial IP and transactional matters.
Responsibilities will include:
management of local, regional and global trademark portfolios for local and international rights holders;
advising on trademark availability and registrability, and appropriate filing strategies;
advising on and responding to office actions;
handling contentious trademark work, including advising on and drafting trademark oppositions and cancellation actions;
drafting and filing domain name complaints;
providing advice on the protection of designs;
managing deadlines;
supporting senior members of the team and, when required, supervising and managing more junior members of the team
supporting the commercial IP team on licensing and franchising projects;
supporting M&A and corporate transactions and other wider projects with specialist IP due diligence and research;
business development, including attending meetings and events, writing articles and contributing to Clyde & Co business newsletters; and
assisting with the preparation and delivery of proposals, pitches, presentations, and legal training materials.

Essential Skills & Experience
The ideal candidate will have:
a PQE level of 2 to 4 years’ post qualification experience or equivalent;
a strong academic background, training and experience gained at a well-recognised firm with an established IP practice;
strong academics;
a keen attention to detail,;
experience in managing high volumes of work and associated deadlines
experience in carrying out detailed and methodical legal research across multiple jurisdictions using a range of available resources;
experience of liaising with, and co-ordinating advice from, foreign correspondent counsel;
confidence and initiative with a keenness to assume responsibility, work independently and take a pro-active and commercial approach to solving issues;
strong inter-personal skills and a genuine interest in marketing and business development; and
genuine interest in developing a career in the Middle East.

The following attributes would be an additional advantage:
experience in drafting pitches and proposal documents for legal work;
experience in the preparation of legal training material and/or delivery of seminars or lectures;
regional legal knowledge; or
Arabic language skills

Clyde & Co
Clyde & Co is a global law firm which has quadrupled in size over the past decade.Revenues from the firm’s 50+ offices* worldwide rose to £627million for the last financial year.The firm has over 1800 fee earners, across six continents, with 4000 staff advising corporates, financial institutions, private individuals and governments.

Clyde & Co, MEA
With over 30 years’ experience in the region and the largest presence of any international law firm in the Middle East, we pride ourselves on being able to help clients recognise and overcome the challenges of doing business in the Middle East and Africa.
In the Middle East, our more than 40 partners and 150 legal professionals work from four offices located across the region. Our Dubai office acts as a central hub for our Middle East and Africa regional operations that include, in the Middle East, offices in Abu Dhabi in the UAE, Doha in Qatar and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. Our large regional presence enables us to support our clients across the full spectrum of their corporate and commercial needs throughout the AGCC (Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf) and wider Levant.
Our deep sector knowledge covers insurance, energy, transport, infrastructure, marine and trade as well as aviation, education, defense, finance, healthcare, hospitality and technology.
*includes associated offices.