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15 Sep 2017

  • Job Type: Graduate Trainee
  • Career Sector: Patents
  • Area of Specialism: Engineering - Other, Physics
  • Start Date: Autumn 2017
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Location: St Albans
  • UCAS Points: Trainee Patent Attorney
  • Degree Required: 2:1
  • Disciplines Recruited From: Engineering/Physics
  • Application Details: We have a rolling interview and selection process - so early application advised.

Cleveland Scott York is looking for an enthusiastic trainee patent attorney to join the Electronics, Engineering and Software team at its St Albans office in autumn 2017.

The successful candidate will work closely with the team’s existing attorneys to provide patent drafting, prosecution and advice services to Cleveland Scott York’s growing portfolio of clients in the automotive, design, electronics, manufacturing, oil and gas, software and telecommunications sectors.

A candidate with any relevant technical degree at 2:1 or above will be considered, but a general Physics or Engineering degree would be particularly useful, as the role will involve exposure to a broad range of technologies. Experience of working in a research and development environment would be advantageous but is not essential. Above all, a candidate must be able to demonstrate her or his aptitude for and commitment to learning about and understanding new things.

The Role

A successful patent attorney requires an in-depth knowledge of technology and the law, and first class communication skills.  As a trainee patent attorney you will have the opportunity to develop your skills in each of these core areas.  Your training will cover all aspects of patents and related disciplines.  In addition to gaining the requisite legal knowledge, you will learn to capture and convey complex technical details in a clear and concise manner and to advise clients within a legal framework.

The Organisation

Cleveland Scott York is a dynamic-client focused firm of patent and trade mark attorneys, with offices in London, St Albans, Reading and Brussels.  The firm provides comprehensive intellectual property services to a wide range of clients, including small and medium enterprises and multi-national corporations.

Our patent attorneys all have scientific or engineering backgrounds and are able to advise our clients, which include individual inventors, SMEs and multinational corporations, across a broad range of technologies.

We are a progressive firm with a knowledge-sharing culture and a reputation for excellence in training and professional development.

Person specification

The successful candidate will have a scientific or engineering background and an academic record which demonstrates the intellectual ability and the commitment required to complete the training and qualification process.  A practical interest in science, particularly technology, is essential, as is the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.

Previous work experience, or post graduate study in the IP Law field will be advantageous but not essential.


  • Min 2:1
  • Physics or Engineering
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