About Intellectual Property Office
Intellectual property is essential for stimulating creativity and innovation. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the government agency responsible for intellectual property (IP) and we maintain a clear and accessible IP system in the UK which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas.
Patents in particular are an important tool for stimulating innovation and growth. They grant monopoly rights of up to 20 years in return for a full disclosure of an invention.
Typically, the IPO recruits 25 Patent Examiners each year. Patent examiners assess patent applications in all technical fields, from computing and chemistry to aerospace and biotech. We recuit STEM graduates with the ability to process and analyse complex information, come to informed decisions, then justify and explain those decisions clearly. Patent examiners benefit from great pay highly flexible working and an excellent pension.
The IPO is an inclusive employer where diversity is respected and differences valued. Our positive approach to diversity allows us to select the most suitable applicants free from bias on factors such as age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion.