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Patent Examiner

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Patent examiners use their technical and legal knowledge to make decisions on applications from inventors for patents to protect their rights on new inventions, designs and discoveries. A patent provides an inventor with the right to stop anyone else from using, selling or making their invention.

The Work

You could be:

Pay

The figures below are only a guide. Actual pay rates may vary.

Patent examiner pay starts at £25,150 plus £4,040 recruitment and retention allowance a year.

With promotion this can rise to around £36,600 a year. Senior patent examiners earn around £52,700, rising to around £56,200 plus a recruitment and retention allowance of £2,020 a year.

Salaries with the European Patent Office (EPO) are around €5,000 to €8,000 a month depending on experience.

Conditions

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Getting In

Most jobs are with the UK-IPO in Newport, South Wales, with a few posts in London. Jobs are advertised on the UK-IPO website (www.ipo.gov.uk) or the Civil Service Recruitment website (www.civilservice.gov.uk).

The EPO publishes vacancies in the jobs section of their website (www.epo.org/).

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
2017
8288
0.9 %
RISE
2022
8361
  United Kingdom
2017
79800
0.1 %
RISE
2022
79905

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What Does it Take?

You need to be able to:

You need to have:

Training

Getting On

More Information

Please note that there may be some changes in nationality requirements to work for the UK-IPO and the opportunity to work in the EPO when the UK leaves the EU in 2019.

An inventor who gets a patent has a legal monopoly on making, selling or using the invention for up to 20 years. In return, the inventor pays an annual fee (after the fifth year) to the Patent Office and agrees to publish the details of the invention.

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Contacts

The following organisations may be able to provide further information.

European Patent Office (EPO)
Website: http://www.epo.org/
Twitter: @EPOjobs
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/epojobs

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.

UK Intellectual Property Office (UK-IPO)
Tel: 0300 300 2000
E-mail: enquiries@ipo.gov.uk
Website: http://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/intellectual-property-office
Twitter: @The_IPO
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIPO.UK

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