Patent Attorneys: Do I need a science or engineering
background to train as a patent attorney?
Yes. A background, usually a degree, in a science or engineering
subject is a requirement to qualify as a Chartered Patent Attorney
or a European Patent Attorney.
Do I need a PhD?
Not necessarily. We look for candidates with a strong technical
background who are able to clearly communicate complex ideas. Can
you explain your final year project or your PhD research to a
Trade Mark Attorneys: What do I need to train as a trade
There is no specific technical background or educational
qualification required in order to follow a career as a trade mark
attorney. Many candidates do have a degree, often but not
necessarily a law degree.
What do you look for in a CV?
Being a patent or trade mark attorney requires accuracy and
clarity, and your CV is your first chance to show these skills.
Make sure your CV is grammatically correct and there are no
spelling errors. Your CV should also be complete with no gaps in
time, and of course should be truthful. An ability in another
language is not essential but is an advantage.
Should I attach a photograph?
No. Please do not send a photograph as part of your
Do you offer work experience?
We do not generally offer work experience and unfortunately do not
When will I hear from you?
We try to acknowledge all CVs when they are received. If a vacancy
arises, we review the most recent CVs and also contact applicants
who sent a relevant CV in the previous few months to see if they
are still interested in applying.