If you have a background in Life Sciences and are considering becoming a patent attorney read on to find out about the areas of work, entry requirements and to search for live vacancies.

This is a rapidly growing sector, where the next generation of therapies and diagnostics are being delivered and with much of the work crossing over into pharmaceuticals. IP protection is used in this sector to raise revenue, increase credibility and secure market position.

Candidate requirements

Trainees in this area come from a background in life sciences including: biotechnology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology and plant sciences. Many will also hold a PhD and will have experience of conducting scientific research.


Patent attorneys in this sector work with clients in technology areas as diverse as antibodies and biologics, diagnostics and personalised medicine, plant science, regenerative medicine and vaccines and immunology.

Areas of work

Such a diverse client base means you could find yourself working within any number of specialism, just a small number of possibilities are:

  • Protein chemistry
  • Protein engineering
  • Cell biology
  • Genetics
  • Recombinant DNA technology
  • Immunology
  • Antibody technology
  • Vaccine technology
  • Microbiology
  • Fermentation
  • Agricultural biotechnology
  • Biofuel production.


Search for the latest Biotechnology & Life Sciences Trainee Patent Attorney roles now.

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