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  • Number of Employees: 134 (Global Patent Department)
  • Number of Qualified Patent Attorneys: 83
  • Number of Trainee Patent Attorneys: 6
  • Location: Brentford, Stevenage, Ware (UK); Wavre, (Belgium); Siena (Italy); Nyon (Switzerland), USA: Pennsylvania, North Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland and Massachusetts.
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GlaxoSmithKline Global Patents Department

GSK is a science-led, global healthcare company. With patient focus, integrity, respect for people and transparency underpinning our activities, we bring to market novel medicines to fulfil our mission to help millions of people across the world to do more, feel better and live longer.

The Global Patents department at GSK is a support function within GSK Legal responsible for advising on the intellectual property (IP) needs of the company. Global Patents plays an integral role in protecting research and development (R&D) investment and IP assets. We provide worldwide IP support across the three GSK businesses of Pharmaceuticals, Vaccines and Consumer Healthcare.

Trainees in Global Patents at GSK work alongside senior attorneys and can expect to spend their time drafting and prosecuting patent applications, as well as working on contentious issues, such as oppositions and appeals before the European Patent Office. Trainees are also involved in reviewing and advising R&D on IP clauses in contracts and agreements and educating the business on IP law, practises and strategies. A comprehensive training programme is provided, including in-house and external tutorials, seminars (e.g. foundation lectures organised by CIPA) and courses (e.g. Queen Mary Postgraduate Certificate in IP Law). Trainees are supported throughout their journey to passing both the European Qualifying Examination to become a European Patent Attorney and the appropriate national qualifying examination (e.g. to become a UK, Belgian, Italian or Swiss patent attorney).

We look for trainees with a 2:1 or 1st class degree and prefer new recruits to have had some research or industrial experience. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a desire and commitment to training and qualifying as a patent attorney and be passionate about science and medical innovation. We recruit team players with strong interpersonal, negotiating, analytical and problem-solving skills, who have exceptional written and spoken English and attention to detail.

GSK understands that keeping employees happy and motivated is key to success and has been consistently voted as one of the top 100 employers in the UK offering a wide range of fantastic employee benefits. GSK maintains an inclusive environment, which reflects the diversity of the patients and customers we serve.

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