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To become a patent attorney, you will be required to have a relevant undergraduate/postgraduate qualification and complete a number of exams as part of a wider work-based training programme. The rewards for becoming professionally qualified are manifold. 

The patent attorney profession is a graduate profession, the UK regulations require that you have a degree in order to be considered a registered patent attorney. In order to take the European Qualifying Examinations (EQE) to qualify as a European Patent Attorney, you must hold a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) degree. In reality, potential employers tend to require you to have a degree in a STEM subject.

The most common degree backgrounds include;

Chemistry Inorganic Chemistry Pharmacology
Medicinal Chemistry Organic Chemistry Materials Science
Natural Sciences (Chemistry Options) Physical Chemistry Physiology
Natural Sciences
(Materials Options)
Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Engineering & Technology
Engineering Biomedical Engineering Natural Sciences
(Physical Sciences Options)
Engineering Science Software Engineering Computer Science
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Physics Bioengineering
Mechanical Engineering Medical Physics Applied Maths
Aeronautical Engineering
Biochemistry Biomedical Sciences Physiology
Molecular Biology Biological Sciences Natural Sciences (Biological Options)
Neuroscience Bioinformatics Pathology
Genetics Computational Biology Microbiology
Biotechnology Medicine Virology

As a graduate trainee, you complete a minimum specified period of training in a firm, and during that time take professional qualifications. Once both the training and qualifications are successfully completed you may apply to become a registered patent attorney. The UK register is held by the UK Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg); the European register by the European Patent Office (EPO).

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