We have a position for a new trainee patent attorney or “technical assistant”, in our Engineering & IT team. This team works with a diverse range of clients from individuals and universities, to large multinational corporations. The work covers a broad range of technical fields including aeronautical, telecommunications, electrical, electronic, medical, and mechanical engineering, computer science, and applied physics.
You will receive comprehensive and structured on-the-job training over several years, and will attend external courses, to qualify by exam as both a UK and European patent attorney. We offer what we believe is one of the best benefits packages in the business, which includes flexi-time working, contributory pension scheme, private medical cover and a host of other flexible benefits.
An ideal candidate would have very good analytical skills, strong attention to detail and the ability to reason logically, both orally and in writing. Excellent written English is an essential requirement for the job. You should be able to demonstrate the ability to work individually to strict deadlines and to work as part of a team. Those with an open, friendly nature will do well.
You should have, or expect to get, a good engineering degree (minimum 2.1) which will give you knowledge in at least one of the following: electronic, electrical, and telecommunications engineering. Some knowledge of computing and/or medical engineering would also be useful. Candidates with post-grad qualifications and those with some industrial experience are positively encouraged to apply. You will be expected to show a strong commitment to undertaking further study for the professional exams. An interest in one or more foreign languages may help to distinguish you from other candidates.
Preferably, we would like you to be free to start your employment by the autumn of 2013. Selected candidates will be invited for interviews, likely to be held in September and/or October 2013.