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A Career as a Patent Attorney

This profession represents an intellectually challenging and rewarding career option that offers scope to develop and apply your scientific knowledge. It brings together a unique blend of science, law and business skills. The comprehensive training that J A Kemp provides to all trainee attorneys enables them to transition effectively from an academic or research background to a professional and business environment. It equips them with all of the skills they will require to succeed.

The academic requirements are rigorous. Candidates should have an excellent track record of achievement at school and university with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in a scientific or technical subject, preferably physics, engineering, computer science, chemistry or biosciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology or plant sciences. We are open to applications from candidates holding or studying for a Bachelor's, Master's or PhD degree.

The skills and personal qualities that we look for include:

  • Excellent spoken and written English
  • Accuracy and an eye for detail
  • An ability to explain complex matters clearly
  • An analytical mind
  • High levels of organisation and motivation
  • A proactive, outgoing approach
  • Team player qualities
  • Listening skills
  • An interest in both scientific matters and intellectual property

You will need to train and qualify both as a European and as a British Patent Attorney.

We offer opportunities to train as a Patent Attorney in our London Office, our Oxford Office or our Cambridge Office.

At J A Kemp you will have an experienced attorney mentor from day one to expose you to a variety of work, set targets for your performance and development and support you throughout your training.

In-house tutorials provide an excellent way for you to learn the basics and mix with trainees and attorneys from other disciplines. We also send you on external courses, such as those run by Queen Mary (Certificate in Intellectual Property Law) and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.

We maximise your chances of passing your exams. At J A Kemp our reputation for training and record of first time exam successes is second to none.

We recruit all of our trainee attorneys in the hope that they will have a long and fulfilling career with the firm, progressing in due course to partnership. As one of the leading UK firms, we provide outstanding opportunities for career progression.

We offer an attractive package from day one.  In addition to a competitive salary and participation in a performance related bonus scheme, the benefits for trainee attorneys include flexible working around core hours, a flex system that enables you to earn up to eight days' extra holiday, life assurance, permanent health insurance, travel and accident insurance, season ticket loans and a pension scheme with contribution matching by the employer.

You can find out more about the profession by visiting the patents section of our website or reading the 'Introduction to Patents' Briefing in our Knowledge Centre. For more information on becoming a trainee patent attorney and a perspective on what the job is like, view our careers sheet and read our brief article on training to become a patent attorney.

You can also read the IP Careers Guide to Chartered Patent Attorneys, produced in partnership with The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA).

 

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Joining J A Kemp as a Trainee Patent Attorney

We normally recruit up to six people each year to be trained as patent attorneys in London, Oxford or Cambridge. All trainee patent attorneys are expected to train and qualify both as a European and as a British Patent Attorney.

The academic requirements are rigorous. Candidates should have an excellent track record of achievement at school and university with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in a scientific or technical subject, preferably physics, engineering, computer science, chemistry or biosciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology or plant sciences. We are open to applications from candidates holding or studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.

If you are applying for a role as a trainee patent attorney, you should indicate whether you wish to join the London, Oxford or Cambridge office, or have no preference.

All trainee and qualified patent attorneys based in our Oxford and Cambridge offices typically spend about one day a week in London. We find this highly beneficial for trainee attorneys. It enables them to be fully involved in the firm’s training programme and build strong working relationships with London-based colleagues.

We usually encourage trainee patent attorneys to start with us in the autumn, in a recognised peer group, though we are very flexible about start dates. We encourage applications before the end of the calendar year for candidates who wish to start the following autumn. We will, however, consider applications from exceptional candidates at any time of the year.

How to Apply

To apply for a position as a trainee patent attorney, please email careers@jakemp.com

Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to the head of the relevant Group:

Joining J A Kemp as a Part Qualified or Qualified Patent Attorney

We welcome approaches from truly exceptional candidates at any stage in their career as a patent attorney.

Whilst many of J A Kemp's patent attorneys joined the firm as trainees, our home-grown talent is complemented by a good number of attorneys who have come to us with experience gained in other attorney firms, legal practices or industry. We welcome their different perspective on our business. We are always keen to learn from good practice elsewhere and enrich the firm’s culture by bringing in talented individuals with different backgrounds.

Exceptional individuals with a track record of success in the profession are invited to send their CV and covering letter to careers@jakemp.com at any time.

Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to the head of the relevant Group:

Please be aware that your application will only be considered if there is a role to fill.

More Information on a Career as a Trainee Patent Attorney

  • J A Kemp Careers Sheet
  • What is it Like to Train as a Patent Attorney Portrait
  • Qualification Timeline

J A Kemp Qualification Timeline

You will need to train and qualify both as a European and as a British Patent Attorney. We offer opportunities to train as a Patent Attorney in our London Office, our Oxford Office or our Cambridge Office.

At J A Kemp you will have an experienced attorney mentor from day one to give you to a variety of work, set targets for your performance and development and support you throughout your training.

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