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The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is seeking to recruit Patent Examiners to start in September 2015.

Patent Examiners help companies to innovate and grow by granting high quality, valid patents. They scrutinise both the technical and legal aspects of a patent application, comparing the new invention against those found in patent databases, before considering whether or not to grant a patent.

Patent examining offers an unusual opportunity to combine your scientific and technical knowledge with legal skills. We are seeking people with highly developed analytical and critical skills and the communication skills necessary to express complex technical and legal arguments along with strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers. We require candidates who are self-motivated and willing to take responsibility for their own decisions.

The office deals with a wide range of subject matter, from chemical compounds to smart phones; we endeavour for each examiner to work in areas appropriate to their qualifications and interests.

Associate Patent Examiners currently start at £26,779, including a £3000 recruitment and retention allowance, with benefits such as flexible working, non-competitive promotion, generous holidays and an excellent pension scheme. This year we are offering a further £4000 allowance for those with relevant experience in telecommunications, bringing the starting salary package up to over £30000 for suitably qualified candidates.

We welcome applications from people who have obtained or are expected to achieve at least a 2:2 degree in telecoms, engineering, physics, computer science or mathematics, or from people who have equivalent experience in industry. We also have a limited number of posts in the biotechnology and chemistry areas, the chemistry posts requiring specialisation in electrochemistry, these posts require either a relevant post-graduate degree or significant industrial experience.

  • Job Type: Graduate Trainee
  • Number of Positions: 50
  • Start Date: 01 January 1970
  • Location: The office is based near Tredegar House Country Park on the outskirts of Newport, South Wales.
  • UCAS Points: 220
  • Degree Result Required: 2:2
  • Salary: £26,779
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