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We are currently looking for a trainee patent attorney to join our Chemistry team based in Nottingham.

Potter Clarkson LLP is a great place to train and work as a patent attorney. We offer clients a full IP service to support them in achieving their commercial objectives. We pride ourselves in the exceptional level of client care offered by our approachable and engaged team. The breadth of our client base means we can offer opportunities to get involved in a diverse range of work.

We are one of the largest full-service intellectual property practices in Europe, with 84 patent and trade mark professionals and 12 IP solicitors, who are expertly assisted by over 100 support staff working together in our Nottingham, London, Copenhagen, Aarhus and Stockholm offices.

The firm is consistently ranked in the top tier of major legal guides, such as Legal 500 and MIP. Unlike most UK patent and trade mark firms, we also hold three independent ISO accreditations which show the high level of service provision, information security and environmental awareness that we have.

The formula for our success is simple. We recruit the very best people and invest heavily in their training and personal development to produce outstanding patent and trade mark professionals. The organisation and infrastructure of the firm and its dedicated support staff equip our experts with all they need to apply their skills efficiently and deliver exceptional service to clients.

Training and qualification as a patent attorney requires hard work and dedication. To excel you need many talents: strong scientific understanding, excellent language skills and commercial acumen. It may seem daunting, but we can make your training experience varied, challenging and rewarding.

Our comprehensive and highly-regarded training programme delivers remarkable success in professional examinations, with candidates from the firm winning prizes on numerous occasions.

We are committed to promoting a healthy work-life balance and supporting the well-being of all our people. We offer a wealth of health and well-being benefits and resources, including healthcare, flexible working options, a virtual well-being hub, mental health first aiders and a mentorship program.

If you are ready to join an amazing team, we’d love to hear from you.


  • A 2:1 or First-Class degree in chemistry or similar
  • Strong technical and scientific knowledge
  • Research or industrial experience preferred, though not essential
  • A professional manner when liaising with clients and other stakeholders
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to manage and prioritise your own workload
  • High level of attention to detail


Potter Clarkson offers a competitive salary and benefits package that increases with qualification and experience.

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Chemistry
  • Degree Result Required: 2:1
  • Location: Nottingham
  • Salary: Competitive
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