Intellectual Property Office
graduate scheme
Expires2 days

Associate Patent Examiner

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

Patent examining offers an exciting and unusual opportunity to combine scientific and technical expertise with legal skills. Successful candidates will receive comprehensive training and mentoring support to develop the legal skills required for the role. Patent Examiners combine these skills together with their technical knowledge and analytical ability to establish if an invention is new and inventive and whether, or not, the application satisfies various other legal requirements.

Successful applicants will be appointed as ‘Associate Patent Examiners’. After 2-5 years understanding the basics of the examining job and developing a broad set of professional skills you can then apply for promotion to ‘Patent Examiner’. At this grade you work independently while continuing to develop your skills and experience. After a few more years of development there is non-competitive promotion to ‘Senior Patent Examiner’. Senior Patent Examiners are subject matter experts, leaders within the Patent Examining Division and provide mentoring support to the next generation of examiners.

What we are looking for


We are looking for people who have specific knowledge in one of the following scientific fields:

  • Chemistry,
  • Biotechnology,
  • Any type of engineering,
  • Computer science,
  • Physics,
  • Mathematics.

We have particular skills gaps in the following specific scientific fields and anticipate offering more roles to candidates with knowledge in these fields:

  • Telecommunications engineering,
  • Electrical and electronic engineering,
  • Chemistry,
  • Medical physics.

This can be demonstrated by holding, or being on track to hold, at least a 2:2 degree in any of the listed subjects, OR, having equivalent industrial experience in a relevant technical field (five years or more working in a STEM role where you have had the opportunity to learn, apply and embed technical knowledge in your specialist field).

Please note: equivalent experience does not need to be demonstrated to be over a consecutive period of time. We welcome applications from people returning to STEM after a career break or those looking for a change of career.

Accepted degree subjects

  • physics
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • biology and life sciences
  • mathematics
  • aerospace engineering
  • engineering management
  • chemistry
  • computer sciences
  • transport engineering
  • mechanical engineering

Additional job details


additional benefits

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

If you would like to hear more about this Associate Patent Examiner recruitment, or what it’s like to work at the IPO, we will be holding an information session on Thursday 25 March 2021 at 6 p.m. Please click on this link to register for the Patent Examiner Recruitment Webinar event.

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Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 19 April 2021

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Closing date:  19 April 2021

Expires2 days

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