The IPO is the United Kingdom’s principal authority on intellectual property (IP) with responsibility for patents, trademarks, designs and leading on policy for all IP including copyright. We are an Executive Agency of the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). As part of BEIS we are responsible for the role of IP rights in supporting and promoting innovation, helping to protect, define and reward creativity.
Patents help companies benefit from their R&D and innovation by protecting new technology for both products and methods of manufacture. Patent owners can enjoy exclusive rights to their inventions for up to 20 years, enabling them to strike licensing deals or keep rivals at bay whilst they establish their brand. In exchange for this 20 year monopoly the public is given full access to the details of the inventions, and can use that information as a springboard for their own innovations.
Patent Examiner Recruitment
Patent Examiners help companies to innovate and grow by granting high quality, valid patents. They scrutinise both the technical and legal aspects of a patent application, comparing the new invention against those found in patent databases, before considering whether or not to grant a patent.
Patent examining offers an unusual opportunity to combine your scientific and technical knowledge with legal skills. We are seeking people with highly developed analytical and critical skills, as well as the communication skills necessary to express complex technical and legal arguments along with strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers.
The office deals with a wide range of subject matter, from chemical compounds to smart phones; we endeavour for each examiner to work in areas appropriate to their qualifications and interests.View Intellectual Property Office's Website