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3R50 Concept House, Newport NP10 8QQ, United Kingdom

The Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom is the operating name of The Patent Office. It is the official government body responsible for intellectual property rights in the UK and is an executive agency of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the government agency responsible for intellectual property (IP) in the UK. We employ STEM graduates and professionals to examine patent applications. Patents grant monopoly rights in return for a full disclosure of an invention and are used by inventors to stop others copying their ideas.

Why work for us
Patent examining offers an unusual opportunity to combine scientific and technical expertise with legal skills that you will be taught. You will work at the forefront of innovation, often seeing inventions before they are made public.

As well as offering an exciting career, the IPO is an inclusive employer where diversity is respected, and differences valued.We offer flexible working, great work–life balance, non-competitive promotion and progression, on-site counsellors and scope to move within the IPO and the Civil Service.

Training and development
Patent examiners receive comprehensive training and mentoring in the legal skills and knowledge required, as well as in the professional searching skills necessary for carrying out the role. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of intellectual property law, with the option to work towards a diploma in IP law further on in your career.

Patent examiners attend regular technical training, in order to learn about the latest technology and innovation. This includes international exhibitions, company visits and technical conferences.

Graduate schemes
We recruit associate patent examiners every year, across all STEM fields. Patent examiners require at least a 2.2 degree or equivalent in a relevant science, engineering, computer science or mathematics subject, or relevant industrial experience at that level. We also offer paid summer internships for those who are part way through a university degree.

What we are looking for
As well as a 2.2 degree or relevant industry experience, patent examiners must also be able to demonstrate the ability to understand and evaluate complex scientific and engineering information in order to reach conclusions quickly and accurately; and the ability to express ideas clearly, both orally and in writing, with sensitivity and respect for others.

South Wales, UK

Positions recently recruited for
Associate patent examiner, patent examiner: internship scheme

Desired degree disciplines/class
2.2 in any STEM or relevant industry experience

Eligible to work in the UK

How to apply
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