Intellectual Property Associate

Intellectual Property Associate
Regio: Brussel
Vereiste ervaring: 2 jaar
Werkomgeving: Advocatenkantoor
Ref: LexGO23/01
Contract: Voltijds


Bird & Bird opens up a world of possible for lawyers everywhere. Here you can advise major enterprises and high-growth businesses on matters that are often transformative, and alongside people who are truly collegiate in the way they work. We are one international firm; over 70% of our work involves cross-border teams, and that is only going to increase. It is this common purpose and shared approach that makes for a more productive, and collaborative place to work.

IP @ Bird & Bird - we see things differently

IP law isn't just a job to us, it's an adventure. Over the last century, we’ve helped protect some of the world's most ground-breaking inventions and high-profile brands in landmark cases, and we're one of the most ambitious, energetic, dedicated groups of IP professionals you're likely to meet. 

Internationally, Bird & Bird has over 350 IP lawyers, attorneys, and legal professionals across our 31 offices, meaning we're all on the same page and offer consistency and quality that runs through all levels of seniority. We’re consistently ranked as band 1 in both Legal 500 and Chambers and Partners. 

The team in Brussels

Also our IP team in Brussels is consistently ranked as band 1 in the leading directories. Few other internationally operating outfits match our track record, being involved in landmark cases in Belgium and beyond (including before the CJEU). We practice the full scope of IP laws, with a focus on trademark, patent, design, copyright, trade secrets, data and data privacy law and practice. We advise on IP matters on a truly daily basis, covering the broad range of 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.

What you'll do

You’ll play an active role in keeping our team at the top of its game by bringing fresh ideas and contributing to our initiatives and providing the best possible legal advice and assistance to our clients.

You’ll get the chance 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 domestic and international companies to foster innovation and make the world smarter;
  • Have the opportunity to work with the most sophisticated clients in high-tech areas and applications;
  • From day one, enjoy challenging, cutting-edge work and take an active role in matters;
  • Work independently and be given responsibility, with direct client contact;
  • 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; and
  • Benefit from an agile working environment where you can balance your time working in the office and at home.

About you

We would like to hear from you if you have:

  • An excellent command of English and Dutch, plus a good command of French; 
  • 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; 
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail as well as the ability to provide clear, precise and practical advice that helps clients in their day-to-day business;
  • A real passion for innovation and technology;
  • The ability to work as a true team player, fitting in well with our open, entrepreneurial culture; and
  • A strong appetite for business development activities.

Take the next step in your career

If you think you are the right fit for our intellectual property team in Brussels, apply ( via the "apply" button below) or send your cv, motivation letter and transcripts to

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In the event that we make an offer to you and you accept, we will conduct pre-engagement background checks, where permitted by local legislation and according to the nature of the role that may include right to work, professional and academic qualifications, criminal records, sanctions, financial stability, media, directorships and references from previous employers. 

Our D&I promise

Bird & Bird is committed to maintaining an inclusive working environment and we are an equal opportunities employer. We will actively support and supervise your professional development. 
For those with the necessary energy and ability, we will ensure that the firm is a first-class platform on which you can develop into an industry leader. 

We support an agile working environment and are happy to discuss flexible working

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