Kilburn & Strode
graduate scheme
Expires9 days

IP Academy

Job description

IP Academy Graduate Training Programme
Do you want to work in the legal sector, but not as a lawyer or attorney?

Would you still like to have the opportunity to play a crucial role supporting our attorneys and clients in protecting andcommercialisingcutting edgenew technologies?

As an IP Graduate at Kilburn & Strode you would be doing just that, for a top-tier European intellectual property firm that helps the most creative companies protect the most innovative ideas in the most competitive markets.

We have two fantastic places on our IP Academy trainingprogramme– where we will support, mentor and train you over the course of two years to then become a top-performing IP Paralegal at one of the sector’s top patent and trade mark firms. You will get to work with and learn from colleagues across the entire firm throughout your training, allowing you to build up an excellent knowledge base of how things work and giving you plenty of opportunity to build relationships.

By the end of the two year programme we will look to place you in to one of our IP Support teams as a Paralegal.

The programme
Over the course of your two year training scheme you will have the opportunity to rotate between a number of our different departments such as Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, IP support, Finance and Marketing & BD. Each rotation will be either 3 or 6 months in length. Alongside the on-the-job training as you learn from some of our experts in different areas, you will also complete some self-study with an assessment at the end of each of your placements.

Within your first year with us you will complete a placement within our Patent and/or IP support teams where you will learn about all areas of the European patent process such as how we prepare a patent application and file it with the European Patent Office, how we keep our clients up to date with the progress of their patent, and what happens when a patent is granted. This will give you an excellent understanding of how we protect our client’s IP in Europe and you will learn about how we are an expert in the client experience.

In your second year your placements will go in to more detail on the European patent process – such as what happens if someone objects to our client’s patent, as well as learning more about UK and international patents. You will also cover elements of trade mark and designs. As your knowledge and confidence grows you will start to take on your own caseload of client files and have more responsibility for your own projects.

Across the course of your two years with us you will also gain experience within some of our fantastic business support teams, such as our Finance team – where you will learn about how we bill our clients and how we measure profitability, or our Marketing and Business Development team, where you will find out about our brand and how we build relationships to bring in new business. This will give you a well-rounded understanding of how all department across the firm support the patent process.

At the end of two years, you’ll have completed your placements and internal exams and be ready to move into your final role. At this stage we’ll find you a position within one of our teams that best suits your strengths and skills. Your final step will be to sit your professional CIPA Introductory Patent Paralegal Course, after which you’ll qualify as a IP Paralegal.

We’ll ensure that we continue to help you develop and grow through the course of your career. You will take responsibility for your own case load, and work directly with attorneys and clients that have been selected specifically for you.

We have a culture built on diversity and inclusivity and are looking for people who share and demonstrate our values: Think creatively, Build relationships, Take responsibility, Respect others, and Excel.

What we are looking for

Is this the role for you?
You have a keen eye for the detail – in a fast-moving legal environment, where deadlines are key, attention to detail and accuracy are critical to our success.

You’re happiest when you’re organising things – people, events, work – we’ll rely on you to keep not only your own work organised, but also to manage workflow and client deadlines for our attorneys. You’re proactive and love improving things – if you can see a better way to do something, you step up and fix it. We want to continuously improve and we’re looking for inquisitive people who will help us do that. You’re a team player – you help and support clients, building on team rather than individual success.

You put the client first – exceeding our clients’ expectations is at the heart of what we do, so we are constantly looking for ways to improve the way we work with them. Applicants must have a minimum 2:1 in their degree discipline, and truly excellent use of written and spoken English. Both new graduates and those looking for an exciting career change are welcome to apply.

Accepted degree subjects


Additional job details

Number of vacancies
Competitive salary

Contract, dates and working times
Fixed term


How to apply

Application deadline
Monday, 22 April 2024 at 12:00 (UTC+1)

Interviews will be held in May 2024 for an October 2024 start.

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Closing date:  22 April 2024

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