Trainee Patent Attorney - Electronics and Communications

Bristol / London, United Kingdom
Full Time
Entry Level

Thinking of a career as a patent attorney?

If you possess a 1:1 or 2:1 degree or postgraduate degree related to electrical, electronic or computer engineering then we want to hear from you. We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with a background or expertise in any of electronic circuitry, semiconductor devices, software and AI, quantum computing, and mobile telecoms.  For more information about joining HLK in September 2024 read on.

Who are we? 

We are an IP powerhouse comprising over 200 people in 7 locations, providing a full suite of IP services advising across the globe and in all technical and scientific disciplines.  Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business ethos is all about great client service and we can only deliver that by being a great employer. 

What exactly do patent attorneys do? 

We secure intellectual property rights for prominent companies as well as highly creative start-up businesses. Our clients include many well-known household and industrial names and are at the forefront of technological development in the electronics, engineering, chemical and biotechnology sectors. 

At the core of the job is the preparation of patent applications on behalf of clients. This involves understanding an invention, distilling it down to its key features and then writing a very clear and broad-based description of it, such that a Patent Examiner will be persuaded to grant a patent. Around that core skill, a Patent Attorney will be called upon to advise clients on all aspects of patent procedures, on international patent protection and on effective patent strategies. 

What makes a good patent attorney? 

  • A strong Electronics/Electrical Engineering background to at least 2:1.
  • An interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology.
  • Good communication skills that can be adapted for clients from a wide variety of educational and commercial backgrounds.
  • The ability to make confident judgement calls based on information provided
  • A good eye for detail and accuracy.

What makes this an interesting career? 

  • Opportunities to apply your science or engineering degree to a wide cross-section of clients and technologies.
  • Continuing intellectual challenge - you never stop learning.
  • Excellent career opportunities and financial rewards.
  • Option to be based in London or Bristol.
  • Flexible and hybrid working.
  • The international aspects of work providing ample opportunity to travel.

At HLK, every trainee is mentored by an experienced Partner and receives unparalleled training through the HLK Academy We invest in your growth and maintain flat hierarchies within the firm which offer great conditions for your continuing personal development. Above all we offer a supportive and friendly environment conducive to your growth.

Your application is formed of your CV, cover letter and your answers to 3 questions. These questions need to be carefully considered and answered as if you were being asked them at the interview stage. Please review your answers to ensure you have answered each question fully- generally, without being close to the 100 word limit, we do not envisage you would be able to adequately address the questions.

To apply, please fill out all required fields and click on the ‘Submit Application’ button. If you would like to discuss this role further please contact Rashel Kurkina (HR Administrator) on 0117 910 3200 or you can email us at [email protected] 



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