Associate Intellectual Property Law

Associate  Intellectual Property Law
Region: Brussels
Required experience: One year
Environment: Law Firm
Ref: LexGO18/01
Contract: Self-employed (Full-time)

Company description

Bird & Bird is an innovation-centred, international, full-service law firm which has over 1,400 lawyers in 31 offices and 22 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and North America. We support in particular organisations being changed by technology and the digital world. Our Brussels office brings together 65 team members from 10 different countries.

To learn more, visit our website.


Bird & Bird is looking to recruit an IP associate with up to 5 years‘ experience in Brussels.

Intellectual property and Bird & Bird - we see things differently

Intellectual property law isn't just a job to us, it's an adventure. Over the last century Bird & Bird has helped protect some of the world's most ground-breaking inventions and high-profile brands and we're confident we're one of the most ambitious, energetic, dedicated groups of intellectual property professionals you're likely to meet.

We thrive on helping clients with creative and cost effective ways to improve or protect their intellectual property position internationally. Few other international law firms match our track record when it comes to the quality and experience of our team. We are involved in landmark cases including with the CJEU.We handle the full spectrum of IP rights; trade marks, patents, copyright and database rights, confidential information and data privacy. We advise on IP protection, enforcement, strategic management, valuation and monetisation of IP portfolios. By working with us you will be able to develop formidable experience in this field, within a top-ranked team of practitioners who enjoy working together to protect and foster innovation.

How can you make your mark within Bird & Bird

It is our team’s continued ambition to succeed at the top of its game. We like to see our Associates play an active part in that endeavour, by fully integrating within the team, actively contributing to our team’s initiatives and providing the best possible legal advice and assistance to our clients.

You can count on the firm’s and your team’s support to:

  • Provide top-end legal services 
  • Work together with true legal experts in Belgium and across the firm 
  • Work in a friendly, inclusive environment and build your career in the firm 
  • Help a variety of domestic and international clients to foster innovation and make the world smarter 
  • Have the opportunity to work in first line with the most sophisticated clients in high-technology areas
  • From day one, enjoy challenging, cutting-edge work and take an active role in matters 
  • Work with state-of-the-art tech and award-winning legal tech tools 
  • Be trained and mentored to help you further develop legal, business and interpersonal skills 
  • Be actively involved in marketing and business development initiatives in a truly international firm
  • Participate in various social activities and events of our Belgian office and internationally.

How to get your foot in the door

The mix of talents we are looking for in our team is the following: 

  • An excellent command of English and either French or Dutch (plus a good command of the other)
  • A Belgian law degree, with strong academic record. Additional studies abroad are an asset;
  • Prior experience in an IP-focused organisation or firm is an asset
  • Impressive analytical, reasoning and writing skills
  • A real passion for innovation and technology, and
  • The ability to work as a true team player, fitting in well with our open, entrepreneurial culture.

About Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird is committed to promoting and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment. As part of our commitment to that goal, we support applications from a diverse range of candidates and are happy to discuss our vision and initiatives in this field during the interview process.

Take the next step in your career !

If you think you are the right fit for our intellectual property team in Brussels, send your cv, motivation letter and transcripts by email via the apply button below

Learn more about our firm on our website above. You can find the latest updates from our team on LinkedIn.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact our HR manager Anneke Vermeir (+32 2 282 60 57). 

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