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Patent Attorney

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Role Description

Patent attorney assesses whether inventions are new and innovative and thus eligible for patenting. They also act to enforce inventors’ rights if patents are infringed.

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Trainee: £35,100-£40,900
Qualified: £58,800 and £69,700 after 2-3 years and £78,000 with 5 years.
Salaried partner: £115,200.
Equity partner: £150,000-£500,000.

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Generally hours are Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm, but you'll need to work extra hours to meet deadlines.

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This is a small profession with excellent career prospects, but getting into the profession as a new trainee can be challenging with fierce competition.

Skills Valued by Employers

  • Understanding of scientific and technological principles and processes.
  • Able to comprehend the invention yourself and explain it to others concisely.
  • Communication skills, particularly written skills, to convince the IPO to grant a patent.
  • An eye for detail and an analytical mind
  • Interpersonal skills for dealing with clients
  • The ability to structure a precise, coherent argument
  • Confidence, eloquence, and tenacity
  • Willingness to get to grips with legal and commercial arguments
  • Ability to manage your own workload
  • Time management skills
  • Readiness to take responsibility.