What exactly do trade mark attorneys do?
A trade mark attorney advises clients on all aspects of trade mark usage, protection and enforcement. At the core of the job, a trade mark attorney will be called upon to conduct clearance searches to ascertain whether trade marks are free for use, and to file and prosecute trade mark applications, drafted to reflect clients’ commercial interests. He or she will also be actively involved in international portfolio protection and management, as well as in a wide variety of contentious matters, from oppositions, revocation and invalidity proceedings to trade mark infringement issues.
What makes this an interesting careers?
• The opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients from a broad cross section of commerce and industry.
• Continuing intellectual challenge.
• Excellent career opportunities and financial rewards.
What we can offer you:
Starting salaries for all graduate trainee positions will be circa £26k plus benefits (and the pay scale rises rapidly and can reach circa £60k on qualifying). In addition, we will provide you with a structured programme of training and support to help you pass the qualifying examinations.
What makes a good trade mark attorney?
• A background in modern languages (French, German, Italian or Spanish) or law to at least first degree level is preferred, but candidates with good degrees in other subjects may still be considered.
• Good communication skills that can be adapted for clients from a wide variety of educational and commercial backgrounds.
• The ability to make confident judgement calls based on information provided.
• Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise work effectively.
• A good eye for detail and accuracy.