Trainee Patent Attorney
graduate scheme

Trainee Patent Attorney

Marks & Clerk LLP
Competitive salary
Aberdeen · Birminghamand 6 others
Time left to apply
22 days to apply on Prospects

Job description

A career as a Patent Attorney

Patent Attorneys provide an essential interface between science, commerce and the law. They work at the forefront of technology in many different scientific fields, helping clients make the most of their inventions.

The role of a Patent Attorney is varied, working with a fantastic range of clients to secure patent protection, locally and globally. This involves regular client interaction, scoping inventions and determining how they can be best used to gain a strategic advantage.

Patent Attorneys help their clients develop patent strategies to meet their commercial objectives. They often advise at the development stage, to avoid clients infringing competitors’ rights. They also support commercial transactions and advise on the strength of patent portfolios.

The role also sees them acting as advocates in hearings, oppositions and appeals that arise as part of the patent application process. Patent Attorneys provide risk assessments, and where a client is accused of infringement, they assist in their defence. They work closely with solicitors and barristers in enforcing and revoking patents before the courts.

Marks & Clerk graduate scheme
As a trainee Patent Attorney at Marks & Clerk, you will be given all the support you need to achieve qualification as a Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney. We run our own comprehensive in-house ‘Training Academy’, combining lectures and tutorials with mentoring and supervision from Partners and other qualified attorneys.

The Training Academy provides a comprehensive educational programme beginning with a year of twice weekly webinars primarily delivered by qualified attorneys and solicitors from our extensive network. In subsequent years, there are advanced lectures and group exercises to develop the practical skills required for the examinations and to practise as an attorney.

In addition to providing the necessary learning, the Training Academy aims to provide a sense of community amongst the trainees by running regular ‘Away Days’ at our offices around the UK. The ‘Away Days’ are face-to-face group study days focussing on general business skills such as business development and communication.

Our ‘Training Academy’ has a strong track record and our trainees regularly receive national prizes for their examination success.

Company information

Marks & Clerk is recognised as one of the best intellectual property firms in the world. Regularly nominated for awards, we often achieve top rankings in the major legal directories and surveys.

Our international coverage is extensive, with a network of offices in Europe, Asia and North America. With Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, working closely with our associated solicitor and consulting firms, we provide a comprehensive range of intellectual property services to a variety of clients, from multinational corporations to the latest start-up ventures, in all sectors worldwide.

Person requirements

You need to have a natural curiosity to find out how things work, excellent communication skills and meticulous attention to detail. You need to demonstrate technical excellence, an interest in the commercial world and appreciate the importance of intellectual property to businesses. Due to the international nature of the work, foreign languages are an advantage, but not essential.

Qualifications and experience requirements

You will have gained at least a 2:1 degree in physics, electronics, mathematics, computer science, materials science or any engineering discipline. We also welcome applications from those completing a doctorate, undertaking postgraduate research or working in industry.

Accepted degree subjects

physics · transport engineering · mathematics · aerospace engineering · chemical engineering · biology and life sciences · mechanical engineering · materials science · computer sciences and IT · electronic and electrical engineering · engineering management · civil engineering and construction


Competitive salary


Aberdeen · Birmingham · Cambridge · Edinburgh · Glasgow · London · Manchester · Oxford

Contract and working hours


How to apply

If you are looking for a career in intellectual property and want to work for a world-leading firm, we want to hear from you.

Closing date: 09/11/2017

This job listing will no longer be available on Prospects from 09/11/2017

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