While we have not yet started interviewing for the 2018 IT & Engineering graduate intake, we will begin reviewing applications in Autumn 2017 – we advise applicants to submit their applications as soon as possible as we will begin interviewing before the application deadline.
The role of a Trainee Patent Attorney
You will apply the technical knowledge and expertise gained from your degree to your role as Trainee Patent Attorney, in which you will gain skills in patent drafting, filing and prosecution. As you progress, you will be given the opportunity to get more involved with contentious advice work.
As you will be exposed to a diverse range of cases and clients right from the start, effective communication skills are a must. You should also have the ability and confidence to build effective working relationships and be able to offer straightforward and practical advice to your clients.
The firm encourages everyone to add value to the firm’s success, so alongside your main responsibilities you can choose to get involved in areas of business that interest you; be it helping with presentations and events, training and recruitment, writing articles or joining working groups to review internal processes and propose change.
Training at GJE
Our structured training programme will provide you with a year of on-the-job learning before enrolling you for the Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law. Ultimately you will aim to qualify as both a European patent attorney and a Chartered (UK) patent attorney. We assist you in these studies through a range of in-house training, as well as through mentoring and coaching from senior attorneys, who are always happy to help.
We are based in modern offices near bustling Liverpool Street and Shoreditch. Our culture is friendly, supportive, and collaborative, and within this environment you receive excellent training and support, and take on real responsibility from an early stage. We offer a competitive salary (reviewed annually and upon exam success), great benefits & perks and a range of social events.
Who we’re looking for
Our success is down to the people we employ so we look for top graduates who demonstrate a passion for science or engineering and can contribute to the continued development of our business. As a minimum requirement, the successful candidates will fulfil the following criteria:
- Degree in physics, electronics or engineering (2.1 or 1st);
- High academic achievement (mainly As and A*s in GCSE & A Levels or equivalent qualifications)
- Effective communication skills; and
- Excellent attention to detail.