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At Gowling WLG, our dedication to excellence and quality service begins with our people. As a global law firm with offices across Canada, the U.K., Europe, the Middle East and Asia, we pride ourselves on sourcing and retaining top talent who bring energy, passion and commitment to the delivery of outstanding client service.

Employee satisfaction is important to us. We work hard to ensure that our people are motivated, engaged and empowered. We are guided by our firm’s Core Values – The Power of Teamwork, Always Striving to be Better, We all Bring Something Different – in all that we do.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are an integral part of our firm’s core values. We are always striving to build a more equitable, engaging and rewarding workplace by attracting and retaining talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures and experiences. Our aim is to help everyone reach their full potential and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Our diverse group of legal professionals, law students, law clerks, paralegals, legal administrative assistants and business services team members work together, and are respected and valued for their individual contributions.


Gowling WLG’s Ottawa office is currently seeking a motivated Patent Agent Trainee to join its dynamic Intellectual Property Group.

The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D in chemistry/ biochemistry/molecular biology or a related discipline and two years of patent agent training. The candidate should also have a basic understanding of biological and physical principles and be able to apply that knowledge to a variety of scientific subject matter areas.   The Patent Agent Trainee will prepare patentability opinions, draft and prosecute patent applications within the bio/chemical group.  The successful candidate must have excellent writing and communication skills and be prepared to work in a fast-paced, team environment.   Gowling WLG employees benefit from a hybrid work structure.


Interested candidates should forward their resumes, including academic records, in confidence via the career page on our website.

How to apply:
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3. Please format the file name of your application like this: First Name_Last Name_Position_ Competition Number or Reference Number.

Not sure if you meet all the requirements? If you are excited about this opportunity but your experience does not align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Gowling WLG is dedicated to building a diverse workplace. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation at any time during the recruitment process, please let us know.

While we appreciate all applications received, only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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