Why Baker McKenzie?

At Baker McKenzie not only do we pride ourselves on leading pay and a great culture, joining a leading Global Law firm provides unique development opportunities to grow in a highly supportive working environment throughout all stages of your life. We know our people value flexibility around when and where they work. We are committed to offering a more adaptable way to work, and we call this bAgile. As a highly valued employee we will also provide you with an extensive range of wellbeing, recognition & benefits offerings.

For more information on our benefits click here.

The Role

We are currently looking for a lawyer with 5-10 years' experience in IP law, in particular trade marks, to join our IPTech Practice Group in Sydney.

The Team

Baker McKenzie has the world's pre-eminent Intellectual Property practice and is the recognised leader in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Our Australian practice is an integral part of the Firm's global and regional IP network and a vital contributor to the success of the worldwide IP practice.

Our Australian team advises on all aspects of the protection, exploitation and enforcement of IP rights. Our specialist brand protection lawyers and paralegals manage the portfolios for market-leading clients across a wide range of industries.

We operate the largest trade mark portfolio practice of any law firm in Australia for many of the world's most famous brand owners, including Unilever, Taco Bell and General Motors. We handle complex trade mark, copyright, patent, design, trade secrets and trade practices disputes and associated advisory work, and act in a wide range of IP-related transactions.

Our clients cover a range of industry sectors including pharmaceuticals and medical devices; information technology and electronics; media and education; apparel, cosmetics and fashion; food and beverage; motor vehicles; and finance.

What we're looking for 

  • 5-10 years' post qualification experience within IP law, in particular trade marks;
  • experience in trade mark search analysis and advice, advising on filing strategies, filing and prosecution of applications and running opposition and removal proceedings (experience in New Zealand as well as Australia will be relevant);
  • a strong academic background;
  • a strong client service orientation;
  • strong technical, drafting and commercial skills;
  • business development aptitude, interest, and experience;
  • willingness to develop others through mentoring and sharing experiences;
  • relevant legal qualifications;
  • excellent analytical, communication, and research skills;
  • a commitment to high work standards and strong attention to detail;
  • an ability to demonstrate initiative and proactivity;
  • an ability to develop strong relationships with clients and to take responsibility for this relationship;
  • an ability to work well in a team environment (including across Australian offices and internationally); and
  • a willingness to learn.

About the Firm

At Baker McKenzie, we are different in the way we think, work and behave. The first local, truly global law firm in Australia, we commenced operations in Sydney in 1964, in Melbourne in 1982 and in Brisbane in 2014. Our lawyers work seamlessly with our global colleagues, collectively providing a capacity of more than 13,000 people, including over 6,500 lawyers who work alongside our clients to drive growth that is both sustainable–and inclusive.

Baker McKenzie Australia can offer you access to complex, market leading matters working with some of the world's best legal minds–people who know the law and who understand business. We have an unrivalled ability to provide training and secondment opportunities across our global network. Locally, we have an inclusive culture of learning, coaching and opportunity where you will work in small teams on matters that often cross borders. We value people who think ahead and get noticed.

Inclusion, Diversity & Equity

Baker McKenzie is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all its employees, with equal opportunity for all to progress and have a meaningful career with our Firm. Our mission is to foster an environment where individuals of every ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, religion, age, disability, carer status and working style may succeed professionally and fully contribute to the goals of the Firm. Our bAgile program encourages a range of flexible work opportunities for all. We invite you to let us know of any reasonable adjustments you require to equitably participate in the recruitment process or in performing the requirements of this role.

Our application process

Please apply by selecting the "apply now" link below and completing an online application form.

As part of our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive we encourage applications from all genders, abilities and cultural backgrounds including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people.