Trademark Law Clerk

Reference # TLC_-_03-07-19
Open Date March 7, 2019
Close Date March 22, 2019
Location Ottawa

The Ottawa office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, one of Canada’s largest law firms, is seeking an experienced Trademark Law Clerk to provide support to leading Trademark Agents and contribute to the overall excellent level of service provided to our clients by the Intellectual Property Group.

The Law Clerk will be an important member of the legal team working with the Trademark lawyers and legal support staff to provide the highest level of client service while having the opportunity to develop their skills as part of a dynamic and successful national team. The ideal candidate must be a team player, have a strong work ethic, a mind-set of continuous improvement, and be a self-starter in a fast paced environment.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the desire and ability to identify problems and gaps, develop and design creative solutions and will have experience working in a Trademark environment as a Law Clerk at an intermediate to senior level.

The key responsibilities of these roles include, but are not limited to:

  • Reporting Office Actions
  • Preparing Responses to Office Actions
  • Reviewing Declarations of Use with amended/deleted goods and/or services and preparing revised applications to file along with registration fees
  • Drafting correspondence for oppositions, summary cancellation proceedings, and disputes
  • Managing due dates and following up with clients when needed 
  • Processing invoices, preparing and sending invoices to clients

The key competencies required are:

  • Law Clerk Diploma (or equivalent)
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in the area of IP, specifically Trademarks
  • Advanced proficiency in MS Office (specifically, MS Word and Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to work well independently and as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Flexibility, good judgment and initiative, ability to prioritize
  • Demonstrated ability to pay close attention to detail and problem solve
  • Available to work overtime, when necessary

BLG is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We welcome applications from diverse candidates. Applicants with disabilities may notify us of any accommodations needed to support your participation in the recruitment processes.

If you are interested in joining our law firm, please send your cover letter, résumé, and list of references by March 22, 2019, in confidence to:

Danielle Laflamme
Manager, Professional Recruiting
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

We thank all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

BLG is an integrated national law firm that provides a broad range of legal services, with more than 700 lawyers, intellectual property agents and other professionals working in five major Canadian cities.

BLG is committed to helping our professionals reach the next level in their careers. Our comprehensive approach to professional development has received widespread recognition.

Everyone at BLG is required to carry out the duties of their role while upholding the important principles of our Respectful Workplace Policy, and treating everyone with respect, regardless of position.

* Please note that relatives of current BLG employees and Partners are not eligible for consideration.

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