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03 Nov 2023

We are looking for individuals who enjoy learning about cutting-edge research and who want to apply their scientific knowledge to work outside of academia. At Appleyard Lees, you will be able to put your degree to use from day one, because you’ll be working to protect the ground-breaking innovation of some of the world’s most well-known tech companies such as Samsung. The job is intellectually challenging, as you will work on brand-new innovation before anyone else hears about it, but it is also rewarding. Many of our clients are developing exciting new Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies. For instance, some of our clients are developing autonomous vehicles, applying computer vision techniques to various applications including medical diagnostics, and more. There will also be an opportunity to work on non-AI subject matter including consumer electronics devices, satellite communications, and mechanical engineering such as agricultural technology. So, we are looking for individuals with a background in Physics/Theoretical Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics or Electrical Engineering to train with us as a patent attorney.

Key Responsibilities

You will need to be articulate and good at communicating, particularly in writing. Our work can sometimes be multi-disciplinary and collaborative, and you will need to work with attorneys in other disciplines. So, you will need to have good people skills and be able to work in a team.

You will be trained by our Partners and Senior Associates, and from your first day you will be working on real work for our clients. You will be able to join meetings with inventors, watch our qualified attorneys when they participate in hearings/trials, and learn from our talented paralegals. As our clients file patent applications in the UK and Europe, you will gain real experience that is directly relevant to the professional exams you will undertake. In addition to this practical experience, our trainees are given all the support they need to qualify as UK and European patent attorneys. We combine in-house exam-specific tutorials with external courses, to help our trainees to obtain the knowledge and skills they need to qualify.

Skills Knowledge and Expertise

  • Have a degree or PhD in Physics/Theoretical Physics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Electrical Engineering or similar.
  • Preferably, your degree included modules focussed on Artificial Intelligence/machine learning, but this is not essential.
  • Knowledge of and interest in any of the following areas would be advantageous: machine learning models, image recognition, object detection, speech recognition, natural language processing, robotics, and data mining.
  • Good communicator both in writing and verbally.


We pride ourselves on being small and friendly enough for you to get to know everyone – but big enough to offer you great career prospects. We will assign you with a mentor who will be able to provide professional and personal support throughout your training contract. Providing people with a mentor is a critical part of enabling development and knowing if individuals are ‘on track’ in terms of their career path and progression, it also helps with improving knowledge and skills.

Aside from this, we will fund all of your training including memberships, exams, courses and conferences. We also encourage our technical teams to write articles for our Greenshoots platform and take part in podcasts.

Other benefits we offer include:

  • 34 hour working week
  • A blend of office and home working
  • Annual salary review
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holidays
  • Life assurance
  • Healthcare cash plan
  • Social outings – summer parties, AL Junior events, Christmas party and more
  • A voucher on your birthday
  • Charity events – games nights and fuddles
  • A friendly and inclusive place to work and learn

About Appleyard Lees

Appleyard Lees is a leading intellectual property law firm with over fifty patent and trade mark attorneys and litigators across offices in Halifax, Leeds, Manchester, and Cambridge.

We provide a full range of intellectual property (IP) services covering patents, trade marks, designs and copyright in the UK, Europe and worldwide. We use our technical and legal skills, and many years of experience, to identify and protect IP assets and to uncover and eliminate the risks posed by other people’s IP rights.

Who we are, and what we do – but also, how we do it – makes us distinctive.

Our clients include some of the world’s most exciting innovators, largest companies, and household names, with a number of clients obtaining Fortune 500, Fortune Global 2000, FTSE 100, FTSE 250, and Forbes Global 2000 status. Our clients operate across a diverse collection of industries, including chemicals, retail, consumer goods, electronics, software, bio and life sciences, pharmaceuticals, metals, and heavy industry, higher education, and hospitality, leisure, and tourism.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) has always been part of the core values of Appleyard Lees.  To us, diversity is not just a box-ticking exercise, it is a core part of our firm’s values . Diversity of people means diversity of ideas and perspectives, and these allow us to be more creative and flexible as a business.

We welcome the unique contribution that a diverse workforce will bring to our firm and actively encourage applications from all talented people – however your talent is packaged, whatever your background or circumstance and regardless of how you identify.

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science, Electronics, Electrical Engineering
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Location: Manchester city centre
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