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Trainee Patent Attorney

We are seeking to recruit high calibre graduates with an IT & Engineering/Life Sciences background to join the firm and train towards professional status as both UK and European Patent Attorneys. This is the role for a scientist who wants to move away from the laboratory but keep at the forefront of new developments.

We are proud of our Graduate Training and Development programme. Graduate recruits, designated as Technical Assistants, receive the best possible grounding in the understanding and application of Intellectual Property (IP) Law.

Training at Mathys & Squire begins on day one and continues throughout our graduates’ professional careers. Technical Assistants work under the close supervision of a Senior Associate and/or a Partner, who will oversee their work and provide constructive feedback on how to improve it.
All trainees have access to relevant learning materials, and are sent on the Queen Mary certificate of Intellectual Property Law course approximately a year after starting. The course is 4 months long and gives an insight into all aspects of IP law. It also exempts our trainees from the UK Foundation Exams, and is a great way to meet professionals from other firms.

After the Queen Mary course, we run a series of in-house tutorials helping our graduates prepare for the UK Finals Exams and the European Qualifying Examinations (EQEs). Trainees are also sent on the Queen Mary EQE course in preparation for these exams.

In addition, we hold monthly practice-group meetings, where we update each other on the latest case law developments in our practice areas. A series of introductory lectures (approx. 20) are also organised by the Informals (a large number of Mathys & Squire trainees are actively involved) which many first year trainees find useful. The firm has a generous budget to support your studies through the attendance of various webinars and lectures as desired.

Our recruits are provided with challenging work and a high quality of supervision to stimulate their development. However, work is carried out in an informal and sociable environment and there are plenty of opportunities to take part in recreational and social events with peers and other colleagues at the firm.

We seek to recruit the very brightest and best undergraduates and postgraduates. Applicants should have a good degree in a relevant subject from a leading university, first-rate attention to detail, excellent written and spoken English, and a demonstrable curiosity about scientific and engineering developments. Our business is focused on providing added value to our clients, so we also look for an appreciation of the commercial implications of intellectual property.

Please note that a First class degree/High 2.1 is required.

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