Working as a European Patent Attorney is a diverse and fulfilling role, but becoming a European Patent Attorney is widely regarded as one of the most demanding professional qualifications. We are recruiting graduates for inclusion in our European Patent Attorney Graduate Training Programme with a view to developing the skills required as a specialist legal advisor and the opportunity to work with a leading specialist in intellectual property law.
We are currently recruiting a graduate (honours degree level) of electrical, electronic or computer-related engineering, or physics to join our ICT team.
Our European Patent Attorneys work at the intersection of technology, commerce, and the law. Our technical expertise ranges from electronics and mechanical systems to medical devices and healthcare – and we represent a range of inventors from SMEs, academic institutions, and international corporations – offering a diverse and intensive work experience. We provide an open-door policy to give access to supervision and training from all professional levels, and we nurture a friendly atmosphere to contribute to a supportive training environment. Previous candidates have not only continued their careers with us, but have advanced to partner level – thus, we are invested in advancing the careers of our highly-motivated candidates.
About the Graduate Training Programme
The Graduate Training Programme involves a 3-5 year training programme, based on a combination of in-house tutoring with individually-assigned mentors and external training courses, and is directed to successfully undertaking professional examination to be a European Patent Attorney. Progression is achieved by completing certain professional milestones and, during your time on the training programme, you will have occasion to work both on your own and in a group, combining theory with hands-on practice. The Graduate Training Programme boasts a competitive compensation package and an opportunity to develop your skills relating to other aspects of intellectual property, including trademarks, designs, and copyright.
Participation is both technically and professionally involved and requires a candidate of the highest ability and commitment. You will use the technical training from your academic career with the legal training that you receive on the job to provide practical strategic advice – thus a pragmatic approach to problem solving is a necessity. In preparing and filing patent applications, you will require an analytical and organisational perspective and a keen attention to detail. With access to clients ranging from inventors to business directors, there is a call for a candidate with proactive interpersonal skills, the ability to confidently and clearly communicate complex information, and an active approach to business development. A highly motivated and self-starting attitude to working as an individual must also be combined with the ability to interact and develop strong working relationships with colleagues. Excellent time-keeping and deadline management skills also form the basis of the role of a European Patent Attorney.
Application to the Graduate Training Programme
If you are interested in applying for inclusion in our European Patent Attorney Graduate Training Programme, please send a cover letter outlining your eligibility for this programme together with a detailed CV, by email to Jane Rice (HR@frkelly.com) by 20 July 2018 .