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Trainee patent attorney career

Trainee Patent Attorney – Vacancy

Albright IP has a rare job vacancy for an engineer or scientist to train and build a fascinating and fulfilling career with us as a British and European Patent Attorney.

We are also happy to consider applications from Part-Qualified or Qualified Patent Attorneys.


Why Do I Need An Engineering Or Science Background To Be A Patent Attorney?

Trainee patent attorney careerTo qualify as a British and European Patent Attorney, you must first have a STEM degree (Bachelors, Masters, or PhD). Because we handle the legal protection of innovative and cutting edge concepts and ideas everyday, having a technical background and an inquisitive mind is critical (hence the requirement for a STEM background). This allows you to quickly grasp the concepts and developments created by design teams, inventors, and entrepreneurs, before then considering the options for robust legal protection.

Where Is The Job Vacancy?

This vacancy is in our fantastic Cheltenham Office, located in the Montpellier area. It is a 5 minute stroll to the shopping centre and gardens, and a 10 minute drive to the M5 motorway.

Cheltenham is a lovely relaxing spa town in the heart of the Cotswolds with lots of good restaurants, cafes, festivals, pubs and clubs. Access to Bristol, Birmingham and London by car or train is easy, as is the surrounding Cotswolds countryside for walking, hiking, and biking. Add to that some of the best State (Grammar) and Private schooling in the UK, and you can start to see why Cheltenham is such an attractive place to live.

Note: We are expanding to Bristol, Bournemouth, Cornwall, London, and potentially other areas in the South West. You are welcome to send your CV and formal Cover Letter for us to keep on file for future reference, if these areas are of interest.

What Is The Role Of A Trainee Patent Attorney?

  • Analysing and understanding inventions and techincal developments, to then crystalise the core inventive concept that needs protecting
  • Reviewing technical, engineering and scientific documents to determine whether an invention is new and/or innovative
  • Being trained to describe inventions in precise legal and technical terms
  • Corresponding with patent examiners and associates worldwide to argue for an invention’s patentability
  • Helping and supporting existing and prospective clients with legal and business development advice
  • Being trained to consider and advise on contentious matters involving copying and infringement
  • Qualifying to be both a British and European patent attorney

What Skills And Attributes Does A Trainee Patent Attorney Need?

  • A first-class degree (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) in Engineering or Physical Science
  • Recently or relatively recently graduated
  • Has an interest in a broad range of technical matters
  • Is inquisitive and capable of independent research into interesting and potentially unfamiliar topics
  • Would like the challenge and satisfaction of learning to deal with national and international patent drafting, prosecution, and enforcement matters
  • Wants to be based in Cheltenham

How Will I Progress And Qualify As A Patent Attorney?

To qualify firstly as a British Patent Attorney, we will train you ‘on the job’, give you in-house training seminars, and there are external training course that you can attend.

This will prepare you for the following UK examinations which are overseen by our Chartered Institute (, and which are typically sat over roughly a three year period:

  • Basic British Patent Law
  • Basic English Law
  • Copyright and Design Law
  • International Patent Law
  • Trademark Law
  • Advanced British Patent Law
  • Patent Drafting
  • Patent Amendment
  • Validity and Infringement

Similarly, to qualify as a European patent attorney (see the European Patent Institute for more detail), we will train you as above over a similar time frame to sit:

  • European Patent Law
  • Patent Drafting
  • Patent Amendment
  • Patent Opposition

Tell Me About Albright IP

Albright IP Directors

Established in 2007, Albright IP is a young, dynamic, and growing firm with great career opportunities for enthusiastic and driven individuals.

We pride ourselves on the quality of our training, and the first-class technical calibre of our friendly and supportive teams. You will not find a better place to learn.

How Do I Apply To Be A Trainee Patent Attorney With Albright IP?

If you are interested in joining our first-class team and training to be one of the best patent attorneys in the UK, please send your CV with a formal covering letter explaining your suitability to, or contact us via our Contacts page.