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The firm

Cleveland Scott York is a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, with offices in London, Hertfordshire and, the Thames Valley. We provide comprehensive intellectual property services to a wide range of clients, including small and medium enterprises and multi-national corporations. We are a progressive firm with a knowledge-sharing culture and a reputation for excellence in training and professional development. We offer trainees a high level of support and encouragement throughout the qualification process, and we have a good record in helping candidates pass exams.

The role

You can expect a challenging and varied role, where your duties and responsibilities will expand in line with your knowledge and as your skills improve. You will gain experience in all aspects of patents, or trade marks, and related disciplines, working closely with a partner or an associate. We encourage trainees to contribute from an early stage. As a patent trainee you will be involved in drafting and prosecuting UK and European patent applications, opposition and opinion work. Trade mark trainees will be involved in filing and prosecuting UK, EUTM and international applications, oppositions and searches.


An excellent academic record, including a good honours degree in science or engineering is a prerequisite for patent attorneys. We are looking for team players with a flexible, proactive and confident approach. Excellent written and verbal communications skills are essential, as are high levels of accuracy and an eye for detail. We currently have a cohort of six trainee patent attorneys and two trade mark ones. At the time of writing – with the lockdown because of the coronavirus epidemic ongoing – our recruitment plans for 2020 and 2021 are uncertain, but by all means send us your CV.

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  • Number of Employees: 60
  • Number of Partners: 11
  • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 13
  • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 6
  • Number Of Qualified Trade Mark Attorneys: 13
  • Number Of Trainee Trade Mark Attorneys: 2
  • Opportunities Offered: Internships, Experienced
  • Career Sectors: Patents, Trade Marks
  • No. of Graduate Jobs: 1
  • No. of Days Holiday: 25
  • Benefits: Pension Scheme, Season Ticket Loan, Study Support
  • UK Office Locations: London, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley and Brussels
  • How to Apply: By Email
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