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13 Mar 2020

Why a Career as a Patent Attorney?

The career of a Patent Attorney will see you work alongside corporations big and small in a role that combines cutting edge technology, science, law, all wrapped up in a commercial environment.

Over your career you will develop into an important partner for businesses and inventors who are seeking advice and protection for their inventions. From drafting patents to defending them, you will be required to get under the skin of leading innovations.

The training process to become a qualified Patent Attorney is a challenge (one we hope you’ll relish) and typically takes 4 – 6 years to get both UK and European qualified. Here at HGF we offer exceptional support in helping you get there, from your own personal training budget to internal and external development courses including an annual CPD conference, we will treat you as an individual to help you achieve success.

The Position

We are currently seeking to appoint a Trainee Patent Attorney within our Engineering team to work in our York office which services a diverse range of clients. You will work under the tutelage of our qualified Attorneys, supporting them on a range of work to service clients, whilst they in turn support you in your development.

To succeed within this role, you will have a minimum 2:1 degree or Masters/PHD in an Engineering related subject area. If you have any exposure to Intellectual Property by way of work experience or a placement this will also be useful for your application. More broadly you will be keen to succeed and passionate about a career in Intellectual Property.

Remuneration Package

Highly competitive salary plus bonus and excellent benefits including pension, private healthcare, private dental care, 27 days holiday and a holiday purchase scheme.

About HGF

HGF Limited is one of Europe’s largest intellectual property specialist firms and one of only a few to offer a fully integrated IP solution, bringing over 170 Patent Attorneys, Trade Mark Attorneys and IP Solicitors together to provide a full-service IP solution.

We are a thriving firm with an outstanding reputation for quality of service and initiative in meeting client needs. HGF believes it achieves this by attracting and retaining the best people to deliver exceptional service to our customers.

With 22 offices across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, Switzerland & Austria, HGF’s Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys provide specialist technical and legal advice to blue chip organisations and small to medium businesses across the world.  Many of our clients are household names and the work HGF does allows them to protect and exploit their inventions, new products and branding.

HGF Values

  • People – People matter. We treat people fairly, with respect and compassion. We foster a friendly, inclusive and enjoyable culture for everyone to prosper in. We invest in our people and offer appropriate coaching and training to assist with development and learning. We promote a healthy work-life balance. Progression is based on merit.
  • Excellence –  We strive to be the best. We pursue excellence in all our individual roles resulting in outstanding legal and technical advice for our clients. Our people are pragmatic, responsive and commercially minded. We do not presume but listen to understand so we can engage proactively and appropriately.
  • Teamwork – We stand together. We work with our clients to protect their interests, and with each other as a mutually supporting firm. We value, appreciate and listen to others, regardless of role, recognising each individual’s particular blend of talent, skill and experience. We are individually and jointly accountable and take responsibility for our actions and decisions.
  • Progressive – We innovate. We continually improve our services and processes through understanding, creativity, and investment. We evolve by taking opportunities and adopting new business procedures, unencumbered by historical structures or out-of-date attitudes. As a firm, we have an entrepreneurial spirit, and encourage new thinking in our people.

To Apply

If the above sounds like the right place for you then we’d love to hear from you.  Please click below to apply.

The closing date for applications is Friday 13th March with interviews to be scheduled after w/c 23rd March 2020. Applicants will be contacted after the closing date.

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Electrical Engineering, Engineering - Other, Mechanical Engineering
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Location: York
  • Salary: Competitive + Benefits
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