Patent Examiners 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.
As patents are only granted for inventions which are both novel and inventive, a detailed search is performed on each application. This comprises using a large number of specialised databases to sift through large amounts of information in combination with professional search skills.
After a search has been provided, an examination is performed; this includes writing an in depth discussion of any relevant documents and reporting on the clarity of the application alongside other legal issues.
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.
We are recruiting associate patent examiners in 2014 in all areas of science and technology, in particular in the areas of engineering (mechanical, electrical and electronic), telecommunications, electronics, physics and computing technology. We also have a limited number of vacancies in chemistry and biotechnology.
Patent Examiners require at least a 2:2 degree or equivalent in a relevant science, engineering, computer science or mathematics subject, or relevant industrial experience at that level. GSCE/O-level grade C or above in Mathematics and English is also required.
As an Examiner you need:
• a well developed analytical ability such that you can understand and evaluate technically complex material and obtain further information to make accurate decisions
• a strong ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others
• an ability to set priorities, plan effectively, and manage all work to meet the needs of the customer and the business
• an ability to work effectively with colleagues and use your skill and knowledge to help others.