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The AI and Machine Learning (ML) revolution continues to accelerate, and is now driving more and more innovation in almost every application space imaginable. From medical technology, through video rendering, to autonomous vehicles, new AI/ML based inventions are constantly being devised and businesses are keen to protect their expertise and investment.

The world leading High Tech and Electrical team here at Boult Wade Tennant is at the forefront of supporting this revolution by helping today’s innovators protect their new inventions and navigate the intellectual property challenges that they face. We are looking for a talented and technologically minded graduate with a demonstrable ability in the field of AI and machine learning to join, and train with us to become one of the patent attorneys of the future specializing in this exciting and diverse area.

What’s it like?

Our work cuts across numerous technical areas and our clients range from high-profile multinational corporations, through SMEs, to new start-ups and individual inventors. This is especially true when it comes to ML innovation where true multi-disciplinary teams are often at the heart of the project. As such, the work is often fast paced and varied with each case posing its own technological and legal issues that need to be identified, understood, and addressed.

Working with people at the forefront of technological innovation to understand and protect their ground-breaking ideas is intellectually stimulating, challenging, and rewarding. As a trainee at Boult Wade Tennant you will be involved in this work from day one, analysing new ideas, speaking with inventors, formulating arguments all in close collaboration with accomplished supervising attorneys.

 We have a strong history in fostering and developing our own talent, often from trainee all the way to Partner level. This graduate trainee role therefore provides an ideal opportunity to start your career in IP – working towards qualification as a UK and European Patent Attorney under the mentorship of our friendly and supportive Partners and Associates.

 What do we offer?

At Boult Wade Tennant you’ll have a position at a leading European intellectual property firm, where you will be supported and guided in developing your career. You will have the opportunity to progress to the highest levels, with a firm that sees your success as key to its success.

We provide a structured training programme comprising practical experience, seminars, tutorials, and courses, and we take pride in the success rates our candidates achieve in their professional exams.

We offer a competitive starting salary along with yearly salary reviews and further increases with qualification progression, along with a comprehensive benefits package with health and wellbeing at its centre.

More than that, we understand that work needs to be somewhere you want to be and we strive to provide the right balance of challenging and stimulating work, appropriate rewards and benefits, career development and, to be honest, fun. We organize numerous social and sporting activities to help foster our vibrant sense of community, and promote a healthy work/life balance. As a trainee you’ll be encouraged to get involved, to meet people and, importantly, to start building your own network of contacts within the profession.

Candidate profile:

What are we looking for?

An excellent practical mindset and a natural inquisitiveness outside your technical field are a must. You’ll need, or be looking to obtain, a good first degree in a subject such as Computer Science, Mathematics, or Electrical/Electronic or General Engineering, at Upper Second class Honours or above. Higher degrees and/or relevant work experience are also welcomed. Expertise in machine learning techniques from a practical standpoint is essential and we are particularly interested in candidates who can demonstrate abilities in areas such as: computer vision, deep learning, natural language processing, data mining, ML model development, and the like.

Aside from that you will need to be a first-rate communicator on all fronts, whether that be exploring new ideas with inventors, providing practical clear advice to business leaders, or providing exceptional written and verbal advocacy before Patent Offices.  You’ll be keen to solve problems, break down barriers of understanding, and ultimately help your clients.


  • A minimum of a 2.1 degree in a life sciences subject
  • Excellent communication skills and commercial acumen

Key benefits

  • A competitive salary package with benefits will be offered to the successful candidate.
  • 25 days annual leave with the option to annually buy or sell (up to 5 days) leave
  • Up to 6% (minimum 4.5% to meet auto enrolment requirements) firm contribution to pension
  • Interest free season ticket loan
  • Life assurance (x3 salary, and option to self fund higher multiples)
  • Private medical insurance (personal and option to self fund family members)
  • Health cash plan (personal, and option to self fund family members)
  • Contractual holiday bonus scheme

Wellness benefits

  • Confidential Employee Assistance Programme
  • Optional Dental insurance (self – paid)
  • Wellness and Mental health support
  • Optional Critical Illness Cover

Lifestyle benefits

  • Hybrid working
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Payroll giving for tax-free donations to charity
  • Matched funding for individual fundraisers and charity committee
  • Social and sporting events
  • An inclusion and diversity committee
  • A social mobility committee

Application Process

If you would like to apply please send you CV and a covering letter (including the reference IPC22) explaining why you would like to join Boult Wade Tennant. Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview. We are currently looking for a successful candidate to start in August 2022 or earlier.

Flexible working: We are currently following a hybrid arrangement of remote and office based working and we see this continuing in the future. The nature of our hands on approach to training means that trainees are expected to more office based than remote based.

Equal opportunities for all: Equality, diversity and inclusion, are priorities for Boult Wade Tennant. We are committed to ensuring that all job applicants are treated equally and we promote diversity amongst our staff. All applicants will be considered for employment without discrimination because of: national origin, ethnicity, race, age, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender reassignment, family or parental status, pregnancy or maternity, marital or civil partner status or disability status.

  • Job Type: Experienced
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Experience Level: Part Qualified 1-3 Years, Part Qualified 4-5 Years, Newly Qualified
  • Date Posted: 11 Feb 2022
  • Area of Specialism: Computer Science, Electronics, Technology, Electrical Engineering
  • Start Date: August 2022 or earlier
  • Location: London or Reading
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Employment Type: Full Time
  • Salary: Competitive Salary + Benefits
  • Application Details: Click below to apply
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