Careers

Ellis Terry is a boutique patent attorney firm with offices in both Auckland and Wellington, dealing at the intersection of technology and law. The work is always diverse and stimulating, working directly with some of the most exciting technology companies in New Zealand ranging from large listed companies to start ups. We focus on local technology clients with international portfolios and contentious work and are looking for someone who enjoys intellectual challenge.

We are currently recruiting for two roles:

New Zealand Patent Attorney (Elec/IT/Mech)

We are looking for a qualified or part qualified patent attorney with an electronics or physics background, although someone with a mechanical background with competence in IT or electronics may also be suitable.

We focus on what matters and avoid bureaucratic rules that don’t impact clients or the firm. We have a very collegial environment and offer a high degree of flexibility. We offer remuneration packages that reward performance.

The position could be either Auckland or Wellington based.

To apply please send your CV to jenny.mccaul@ellisterry.com

Technology Law / Patent Attorney Trainee

We are looking for a graduate with an electronics or physics background, although someone with a mechanical background with competence in IT or electronics would also be suitable. A law degree would also be an advantage but is not required. You will need to complete examinations to qualify as a patent attorney.

The role includes:
• Conducting technical research to evaluate the novelty of technology and assess the risk of patent infringement;
• Learning to draft patents and handle the patent examination process;
• Assisting with contentious cases before the Patent Office and courts; and
• General coordination of client portfolios.

The ideal candidate will also have good IT skills to assist with support of the firm’s IT systems.
We work in a very collegial environment and offer a high degree of job flexibility. This position could either be Auckland or Wellington based. You will need to learn quickly and enjoy working autonomously and directly with clients. We offer remuneration packages that reward performance.

If you would like to pursue this opportunity, please email your CV, including a summary of academic results, to jenny.mccaul@ellisterry.com

We are always interested to hear from candidates looking to make a lateral move within the IP industry. In particular part qualified or qualified patent attorneys in the electrical/mechanical fields are always welcome to apply at any time.

Please contact john.terry@ellisterry.com if you are interested in making a move.