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Patent Attorney

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Patent attorneys help their clients or employers to secure and protect their patents, and other intellectual property rights. A patent provides an inventor with exclusive rights to the profits from their invention for a limited time.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary, depending on:

Generally trainees start on around £28,400 increasing to between £34,400 to £45,000 when partially qualified. Newly qualified attorneys earn between £53,300 and £65,000. With a number of years' experience this can rise to between £66,700 to £100,000 a year, sometimes more. However, competition for posts means that trainees may be offered salaries of around £20,000 a year, or less. For partners, salaries can range from £97,170 to £140,000.

Freelance patent attorneys can earn around £50.00 an hour.

There may also be performance related bonuses.

Conditions

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Getting In

As this is a small profession entry can be competitive. Patent attorneys work in private practice and patent departments in industry or government. Jobs are advertised on the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) website.

Workforce Education Levels (UK)

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Job Outlook Scotland

Employment

Unemployment

Percentage of workforce registered as unemployed (Scotland)

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Job Outlook Scotland and UK

  Scotland
2018
7879
1.4 %
RISE
2023
7986
  United Kingdom
2018
79119
2.2 %
RISE
2023
80825

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What Does it Take?

You need to be:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

The IP Careers website has a lots of information on getting into intellectual property careers.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys
Tel: 020 7405 9450
E-mail: mail@cipa.org.uk
Website: http://www.cipa.org.uk/
Twitter: @TheCIPA

There is a section on the website called 'Patent attorney as a career'. There is also a job vacancies section on the site.

Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)
Tel: 020 7101 6090
E-mail: tm@citma.org.uk
Website: http://www.citma.org.uk
Twitter: @CITMAuk

Skills for Justice
Tel: 0117 922 1155
Website: http://www.sfjuk.com/
Twitter: @Skills_Justice
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/skillsforjustice

Skills for Justice is the Sector Skills Council for the Justice, Community Safety and Legal Services Sectors. The careers section of their website holds information on the careers within these sectors.

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