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03 Apr 2020

Trainee Patent Attorney – Computer Science / Artificial Intelligence / Robotics

Marks & Clerk is recognised as one of the world’s leading intellectual property firms and is the UK’s largest firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys. Our global reach and unmatched depth and breadth of expertise present unique and exciting opportunities for those working with us.

Applications are now open for our September 2020 graduate scheme. We are currently seeking graduates for our Electronics and Software practice group. We have opportunities in all of our UK offices for graduates from the following specialisms:

  • Computer Science
  • Artificial Intelligence

Many of our current attorneys in the Electronics and Software practice group have degrees in Physics and all varieties of Engineering and Maths.  However, for applicants with these degrees you must be able to demonstrate a real interest in Electronics and/or Software.

We welcome applications from those who have gained or will gain at least a 2:1 degree in the above specialisms. Applications are also welcomed from those completing a masters, doctorate or working in industry.

In addition, you need to have a natural curiosity to find out how things work, excellent communication skills and meticulous attention to detail. You need to demonstrate technical excellence, an interest in the commercial world and appreciate the importance of intellectual property to businesses. Due to the international nature of the work, foreign languages are an advantage, but not essential.

As a graduate entrant, you will be given full support to achieve qualification as a chartered UK patent and European attorney.  We run our own comprehensive in-house ‘training academy’ which combines tutorials, and lectures as well as mentoring and supervision from Partners and other qualified attorneys. You will also gain a range of commercial skills, such as business development and client care, as part of our on-going personal development programme.

Working as a patent attorney requires not only an excellent technical and academic background but the ability to draft comprehensive documents and defend complex legal arguments.  It is a challenging and rewarding role enabling you to be involved with cutting edge research as well as understanding and supporting the commercial objectives of a diverse client base worldwide.

If you have the right qualifications, outlook and ambition we want to hear from you!


  • Job Type: Graduate Trainee
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Electronics, Technology
  • Number of Positions: Up to 10
  • Start Date: September 2020
  • Location: Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Manchester and Oxford
  • UCAS Points: Unspecified/Not Applicable
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Disciplines Recruited From: Engineering (all disciplines)/Computer Science/Robotics/Artificial Intelligence/Mathematics/Physics
  • Salary: Competitive + Benefits
  • Application Details: Click Below to Apply
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