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Patent Law Clerk

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), one of Canada’s largest and most successful law firms, has an opening for a Patent Law Clerk in our Intellectual Property group.

This position is suitable for an individual who has an interest in patents. Responsibilities include filing patent applications and attending to the associated formality requirements throughout prosecution of an application. In this role, the clerk will be responsible for preparing documents for filing with various national patent offices, submitting electronic documents to the Canadian, U.S. and PCT patent offices, preparing instruction letters to foreign counsel, preparing reporting letters to clients and maintaining accurate file records. 

A fundamental part of this position is the rigorous monitoring and management of deadlines. The successful candidate will require strong organizational skills and a heightened attention to detail. There will also be frequent contact with clients, and as a result, excellent written and oral communication skills are required.

The candidate must be capable of working in an exacting and high-volume environment, both independently and collaboratively with other firm members and colleagues. It is an expectation that the individual will present in a professional manner and maintain a high level of confidentiality when interfacing with internal and external clients.



  • Law clerk diploma from a college or equivalent
  • Minimum of three to five years of intellectual property experience
  • ILCO designation


  • Ability to follow instructions with minimum supervision and thrive in a fast-paced, team environment
  • Excellent organizational skills, high attention to detail and the ability to multitask
  • Strong time management skills 
  • Works well in a team and independently
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please submit your application and include your cover letter and résumé directly to our application portal.

Blakes wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. However, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Who We Are

At Blakes, we are all about our people. We are committed to not only providing exceptional client experiences, but also fostering an open and inclusive workplace culture for legal professionals and administrative professionals. As a winner of the Canada’s Best Diversity Employers award, as well as the Greater Toronto’s Top Employers award, we know that diversity and inclusion are not simply initiatives on the perimeter of our business — they are the core of our success. We understand the importance of cultivating an environment that brings out the best in each person. Our success as a Firm starts with the hiring, development and retention of top talent.

Blakes welcomes applications from all qualified applicants. The Firm is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment comprised of people with diverse perspectives, backgrounds, identities and cultures.

The Firm provides accommodation for applicants with disabilities and in respect of other protected grounds during the recruitment process in accordance with applicable laws. Please contact us to request accommodation.