Trainee recruitment

Trainee Patent Attorney

As a new trainee, you will be exposed to a variety of types of work from the start, such as meeting inventors, drafting and filing patent applications and responding to examination reports issued from patent offices. As you progress through your career, you will experience what it is like to defend your clients' patents if challenged by a third party, and to attack patents belonging to your clients' competitors, and will conduct hearings before the European Patent Office in Munich and the Hague. You may also be required to provide your clients with freedom-to-operate and patent infringement opinions, and provide due diligence reports in advance of your clients' commercial negotiations or fund-raising.

Being a patent attorney is an incredibly rewarding profession. It is intellectually stimulating from a technical standpoint and can be challenging from a legal point of view. Although the job is rewarding, in order to become a fully qualified British Chartered Patent Attorney (CPA) and European Patent Attorney (EPA), you are required to pass a number of examinations.

Venner Shipley will support you in preparing for these examinations through a structured training programme of internal tutorials and will also provide financial support for attendance at external courses and obtaining textbooks.

You will spend an introductory year learning the basic principles of intellectual property and office procedures before preparing to obtain a Certificate of Intellectual Property at the Queen Mary University of London. A further two years of training, including both internal and external components, are then provided in preparation for the advanced examinations, covering drafting, amendment, patent practice, infringement and validity, legal opinions and patent opposition. Full qualification as both a British and European Patent Attorney can be achieved within five years of joining Venner Shipley.

Trainee Trade Mark Attorney

We are not currently recruiting for any trainee trade mark attorney places but it will be worth checking our website periodically in case this changes. Details about what you could expect in terms of being a trainee trade mark attorney at Venner Shipley can be found below.

We usually recruit trainee trade mark attorneys to begin their career with us in September of each year. You would be working alongside your reporting fee earner, drafting search reports, cost estimates, responses to clients and examiners from UKIPO, CTM & WIPO, assisting with Trading Standards queries and attending client meetings and networking events for your first year of employment before attending Queen Mary in your second year.

The Trade Mark Certificate differs from the Patent Certificate course in that attendance is less frequent and in a modular fashion. Trainees attend Nottingham Law School the following year. Exams are taken throughout the course which lasts for 2 years. During the 2 years trainees are also asked to keep a diary of their work.

Monetary rewards are given for passing individual exams and for becoming qualified.