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31 Jan 2016

Looking for some real exposure to the world of Intellectual Property?

We are currently looking for work placement students interested in a career as a Patent or Trade Mark Attorney for our summer scheme in 2016. The scheme is designed to provide a select number of candidates with a first-hand opportunity to see what it is like to work as a Patent or Trade Mark Attorney.

The scheme offers a group of six to eight participants the opportunity to spend two weeks at our Firm in July.

We are looking for a diverse range of candidates to join us and we welcome applicants from a breadth of disciplines. While there are no specific degree disciplines for prospective trade mark attorneys, prospective patent attorneys must have a technical degree subject, typically science or engineering. High calibre applicants from all science and engineering backgrounds will be considered for patent opportunities; however, for our 2016 scheme, we would be particularly interested to hear from candidates with a background in Chemistry, Computer Science, Electronics or Mathematics. Ideally, we are looking for candidates who are planning to commence employment in summer/autumn 2017, or earlier.

Dehns has an excellent reputation for training standards. We are also renowned for our commitment to quality of work along with our approachable and ‘user friendly’ attitude. The lengthier duration of our work experience scheme will allow time for us to demonstrate this approach, to show you how we interact with our clients, and to give you an idea of what you can expect from a career with us, including the opportunity to handle real work on live cases.

The Firm recruits on average anywhere between six and eight graduate or post-graduate positions per year in total for its patent and trade mark departments. The summer scheme forms a key part of our recruitment process and several participants in the 2015 summer scheme have now accepted a trainee position at Dehns.

Scheme Dates

Our scheme will run for one continuous two-week period from 4 to 15 July 2016.


You will spend your time in one or more of our UK offices (London, Brighton, or Oxford).

How to Apply and Recruitment Process

Please complete and submit our online application, along with a covering letter by close of 31 January 2016. Applications received after this deadline will not be accepted.

Please note that applicants must have or expect to have a minimum 2:1 result in their undergraduate degree.

If your application is successful, you will be invited to attend a short interview assessment to take place in February/March 2016, after which offers will be made to those accepted onto the scheme. The scheme will be unpaid; however reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

To apply, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Number of Positions: 6-8
  • Location: London, Brighton and Oxford
  • Salary: Competitive
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