About Reddie & Grose
Reddie & Grose is an internationally renowned firm of patent, trade mark and design attorneys. With over 50 attorneys based in London, Cambridge and Munich, and The Hague, we offer services across all key technologies, with particular strengths in electronics and software, chemistry, engineering and biotechnology.
Range of client services
We handle the full range of IP rights for a global client base ranging from SMEs through to large corporations. In the UK and Europe we work closely with solicitors, barristers and other members of the legal profession to support clients in litigation before the courts.
Professional development at Reddie & Grose
The firm has an outstanding reputation for training. Every trainee takes part in our bespoke training programme which complements the day-to-day training provided by the firm. Members of the firm are active in committees and councils of professional bodies in the UK and internationally, including the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. Trainees are encouraged to take advantage of courses and lectures provided by the Chartered Institutes, Queen Mary, University of London and other organisations which supplement the thorough practical training provided internally.
Minimum academic requirements
Good honours degree in a scientific or technical subject, as well as excellent English.
- 26 days annual leave plus bank public holidays
- Discretionary Christmas bonus
- Private Pension Scheme (with optional salary sacrifice)
- Group Life Assurance (up to 3x salary)
- Interest free season ticket loan
- Private mental scheme
- Family friendly policies
- Cycle to work scheme (salary sacrifice scheme)
- Active social events calendar
- Eye care vouchers
- Access to cycle store and shower facilities
- Comprehensive graduate training programme
- Paid study leave leading up to professional exams.
- Positive culture for work-life balance
- Daily delivery of fresh fruit
Each year we recruit a number of Trainee Patent and Trade Mark attorneys to join our successful firm. We typically advertise these roles from September – December each year.
When roles are advertised, we will review applications throughout the application window and make every effort to contact each person with the status of their application as quickly as possible. However, if our Partners decide to make an offer before the stated closing date, all pending applicants will be informed.
Following the initial screening process, successful applicants will be invited to a MS Teams interview with one partner and a member of the HR team. In addition, all candidates will be expected to complete a technical written exercise.
If successful, candidates will be invited for a second face-to-face interview with further partners, and they will have the opportunity to meet with current trainees over a coffee.
Following this, successful applicants will be offered a role within the business and unsuccessful applicants will be informed and provided feedback if requested.
Reasonable adjustments: When inviting candidates for their first-round interview, we ask whether the candidates needs reasonable adjustments and act accordingly.
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Why become a Trade Mark Attorney
Life at Reddie & Grose
Training and Development
Each year, we recruit a number of Trainee Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys to join our successful firm. Trainees join us as Technical Assistants and are allocated to our EES (Electrical, Electronics and Software), EMCP (Engineering, Materials and Consumer Products), LS (Life Sciences) and TM (Trade Mark) practice groups. To help our staff reach their full potential, we provide a comprehensive and structured training programme that is recognised as being one of the best in the profession. We invest time and resources in developing our talent, providing support from day one. Every new trainee will work closely with the partners of the firm, who will be responsible overall for training and development as the new joiners develop their role in the teams looking after our clients.
As a complement to this traditional learn by working training, we have developed a bespoke training programme for our new trainees, which is intended to bring them up to speed with some of the core concepts of intellectual property law, and to provide a degree of communal practical tuition. The training programme begins with a two-week intensive training induction (“Bootcamp”), introducing the basics of trade mark law, patent law and other intellectual property rights including design protection. The training induction also includes sessions dealing with important practical aspects of the job including, but not limited to “how to communicate with clients”, “effective marketing”, and “the role of a trainee”. The training programme then continues with weekly sessions devoted to practical training. Our trainees work through different tasks of increasing complexity each week, and their work is then assessed by a partner or qualified attorney. Both communal and individual feedback is provided as part of a group discussion. These practical training sessions ensure that all our new trainees are exposed to the same core practical examples, providing them with the tools to develop their skills together.
After this, new trainees will be supported through a 13-week part-time course leading to the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (currently provided by Queen Mary, University of London). The Chartered Trade Mark Attorney qualification is through the part-time course at Nottingham, also known as the Trade Mark Practice, Professional Certificate. We want our trainees to have access to the best support they can get, so to support them through the formal qualification process, we offer on-the-job training, personalised in-house tutorials and access to external training courses. They are also encouraged to take advantage of courses and lectures provided by the Chartered Institute of Patent/Trade Mark Attorneys.
Reflections from some of our 2023 graduate trainees:
“It’s hard to believe it has only been a few months since we started at R&G. Bootcamp was a fantastic environment to not only meet your fellow trainees, but a great chance to get to know members of the firm across a variety of technical fields in which your day-to-day work may not take you. As a life science trainee, I think it’s important to get to grips with the mechanical-style patents we will be wrestling with in our exams. Our weekly training tasks have been very useful for this, I can’t say in my day-to-day work I come across many wasp traps or tooth paste squeezers! Following on from bootcamp I’ve dived straight into drafting responses to patent offices throughout the world.
One of the most enjoyable and challenging aspects of the job has been to understand how complex a single patent application can be when it starts to be prosecuted from America to Europe, from Canada to Japan. One invention may lead to quite different granted patents in a range of jurisdictions because of different IP law frameworks. It has been fascinating to see how an attorney has to adapt their approach to ensure the client gets the best protection for their invention, wherever they want it.” – James Cartwright
“My time so far at Reddie & Grose started with an intensive two-week bootcamp where I got to meet and work alongside the other new trainees, as well as a variety of people at the firm. In this time, we were introduced to the fundamentals of patent law, and the work of Reddie and Grose, through a series of engaging talks and activities. The bootcamp experience eased my start into the role, getting to understand the work, and the people, from the very beginning. Since then, the ongoing training programme and hands-on casework has exposed me to the variety of work at R&G; from corresponding with clients, responding to examiners and plenty of reading about innovative technology. I have enjoyed the challenge so far of getting to grips with the legal side of the work, with a focus on complex technology, whilst balancing a client’s commercial goals, and I look forward to the rest of my training towards being a qualified Patent Attorney”. – Hannah Nagle
“The initial two weeks of training set the stage for what has turned out to be an incredible learning experience. Bootcamp equipped me with the essential knowledge to navigate the intricate world of Intellectual Property, and, since then, I’ve loved the challenge of getting to grips with a wide variety of fascinating cases. From laser machining to autonomous vehicles to medical devices, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed unravelling the crux of many cutting-edge ideas. The sociable atmosphere and welcoming community has made every day enjoyable, and I’m looking forward to what lies ahead!” – Sam Pfeffer-Matthews
“My first two months at Reddie & Grose have been thoroughly enjoyable. I particularly enjoyed the first two weeks completing ‘bootcamp’ in London; it was a great opportunity to get an insight into life at the firm from the outset, understand the fundamentals of patent law and other areas of IP law, whilst also getting to know the other trainees in my cohort and integrating with the London Office. Everyone was so supportive, friendly and sociable!
Adjusting to a completely new subject area of law and way of working has been the most challenging aspect so far and the training sessions that have continued weekly have meant that we have managed to develop our skillsets quickly whilst being exposed to a broad range of legal and technical areas in such a short space of time. Getting used to the technical law language and then applying the teaching to real-life scenarios and clients in practice has been the hardest part. I like the fact that the learning is fast-paced and continues to challenge us. Whilst we are encouraged to independently think about the tasks, the training debriefs also allow us to get involved in informed discussions with our fellow trainees and are run by partners and associates at the firm which I think has been really beneficial to learn from each other, enabling us to get different perspectives on how to approach different cases and develop professionally by getting to know our colleagues.
If I was to give any advice to people thinking about entering the patent profession, it would be that the job is a challenging role, one which requires hard work, commitment, attention to detail and the ability to process large volumes of information, but also one which is extremely interesting and rewarding.” – Chloe SkidmoreView Website