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;
|Medicinal Chemistry||Organic Chemistry||Materials Science|
|Natural Sciences (Chemistry Options)||Physical Chemistry||Physiology|
|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|
|Molecular Biology||Biological Sciences||Natural Sciences (Biological Options)|
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).