A Career as a Patent Attorney

This profession represents an intellectually challenging and rewarding career option that offers scope to develop and apply your scientific knowledge.  It brings together a unique blend of science, law and business skills.

The academic requirements are rigorous.  Candidates should have an excellent track record of achievement at school and university with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in a scientific or technical subject, preferably physics, engineering, computer science, chemistry or biosciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology or plant sciences. We are open to applications from candidates holding or studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.

The skills and personal qualities that we look for include:

  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Accuracy and an eye for detail
  • An ability to explain complex matters clearly
  • An analytical mind
  • High levels of organisation and motivation
  • A proactive, outgoing approach
  • Team player qualities
  • Listening skills
  • An interest in both scientific matters and intellectual property

You will need to train and qualify both as a European and as a British Patent Attorney.

We offer opportunities to train as a Patent Attorney in our London Office, our Oxford Office or our Cambridge Office. 

At J A Kemp you will have an experienced attorney mentor from day one to expose you to a variety of work, set targets for your performance and development and support you throughout your training.

In-house tutorials provide an excellent way for you to learn the basics and mix with trainees and attorneys from other disciplines.  We also send you on external courses, such as those run by Queen Mary (Certificate in Intellectual Property Law) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

We maximise your chances of passing your exams.  At J A Kemp our reputation for training and record of first-time exam successes is second to none.

We recruit all of our trainee attorneys in the hope that they will have a long and fulfilling career with the firm, progressing in due course to partnership.  As one of the leading UK firms, we provide outstanding opportunities for career progression.

We offer an attractive package from day one.  In addition to a competitive salary and participation in a performance related bonus scheme, the benefits for trainee attorneys include flexible working around core hours, a flex system that enables you to earn up to eight days' extra holiday, life assurance, permanent health insurance, travel and accident insurance, season ticket loans and a pension scheme with contribution matching by the employer.

You can find out more about the profession by visiting the patents section of our website or reading the 'Introduction to Patents' Briefing in our Knowledge Centre. For more information on becoming a trainee patent attorney and a perspective on what the job is like, view our careers sheet and read our brief article on training to become a patent attorney

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