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Exceptional Patent Attorney (qualified or finals standard)

West London, UK

Exceptional Patent Attorney (qualified or finals standard)

The Opportunity

Canon is…

…truly a global superpower in IP.

The Company has a global portfolio of over 80,000 patents. Canon is the only company in the world to have ranked in the top five for US patents awarded for 33 years running. Candidates will join a team of over 20 plus IP professionals in West London and a cohort of 600 IP specialists worldwide.

The wide portfolio of challenging inventions emanating from the Company’s 18 European technology subsidiaries plus its Japanese parent company will test the imagination, creative flair and commercial acumen of any ambitious IP professional.

Canon does

As a leading technology player, with over 256 subsidiaries and affiliated companies, every day Canon innovates, every day Canon continues to surprise.

Think digital imaging, network video surveillance, video compression, optical character recognition, satellite development,  medical advancements and print and scan management.

Candidates will work with R&D teams, scientists, inventors, legal staff and commercial managers.

A major area of activity for the Group is their standard essential patents (SEP) activity, mainly in the area of video compression with colleagues in Canon Research France.



The Role

Canon expects

Patent Attorneys will work across Canon Inc and Canon Europe’s business sectors and undertake:

  • Filing and prosecution of European and UK patent applications, including attending oral proceedings at the EPO
  • Provide IP services to Group companies including invention harvesting, drafting and prosecution, freedom to operate and enforcement activity
  • Work on SEPs with patent filings in every major jurisdiction from the US to Brazil and India
  • Strengthen the IP practices of Group companies
  • Be an IP ambassador: introduce an IP culture in software/ startup companies
  • Training to be the best attorney you can be
  • Extensive internal CPD activities and many experienced attorneys in a large team to learn

Professional Qualities

Canon Criteria

Candidates will be qualified as UK and/or European Patent Attorneys (candidates awaiting final exam results will also be considered). Experience in private practice or an international company; a knowledge of formalities work is helpful.

A background in physics and/or engineering, software, manufacturing, medical or mechanical matters is preferable.

Canon does not micro-manage but thrives on sharing ideas. The Company’s ethos is based on the Japanese practice known as ‘kyosei’ or ‘living and working together for the common good’. Candidates will receive professional support and benefit from collaborative working.


Exceptional Patent Attorney (qualified or finals standard)

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