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Trainee Patent Attorneys – September 2019 Start

We are looking for bright and curious minds to join the firm in 2019 as Trainee Patent Attorneys.

We have opportunities available in all four of our UK offices, so apply now to join Withers & Rogers and discover why a career as a Patent Attorney is a fantastic use of your academic training.

Who we’re looking for

Applicants should have a strong degree (2:1 or above at undergraduate level as a minimum) in one of the following disciplines or similar:

  • Chemistry
  • Electronics/Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aerospace/Aeronautical or Manufacturing Engineering
  • Materials Science

You will be able to demonstrate a passion for technology which goes well beyond the academic, and you will be comfortable grasping new technical concepts. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are key, and you should feel confident interacting with clients and staff of all levels.

We welcome applications from individuals who have post-graduate professional industrial or academic experience, although this is not a prerequisite.

What we have to offer

An excellent salary is on offer from the offset, as well as a discretionary bonus and our full package of employee benefits which includes our healthcare cash plan, the opportunity to buy/sell additional days’ holiday, cycle to work scheme, and more.

Qualification as a Chartered UK & European Patent Attorney involves passing several sets of examinations, and we provide a comprehensive package of support for our Trainees through the process. We will pay for you to attend courses, lectures, and tutorials which are organised by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA). In addition to this, we have our own in-house tutorial system to prepare Trainees for both the UK and European qualifying exams. Our patent professionals know how to help and you won’t be on your own.

The main focus of training, however, is exposure to a great variety of work on actual live cases under the supervision of a qualified Attorney. We give our trainees real responsibility early on, and you should expect to be making a significant contribution to client work within the first year.

Why choose a career as a Patent Attorney?

A career in the Patent profession offers a unique platform to put your technical expertise into practice in a commercial environment. Long-term career prospects are fantastic, and Withers & Rogers pride themselves on their employees’ work-life balance: realistic business targets mean that you will have time for a life outside of the office.

You’ll be recognised as the specialist in the area you have trained in at University, as well as gaining exposure to other areas within the field by working collaboratively with colleagues. This profession is rewarding and intellectually stimulating in equal measure and we want you to join us to find out why.

If this sounds like the graduate opportunity you’re looking for, apply now.

The following positions are available, listed by subject area and office location:

  • Chemistry – Bristol
  • Engineering – London
  • Engineering – Bristol
  • Engineering – Leamington Spa
  • Engineering – Sheffield
  • Electronics – London
  • Electronics – Leamington Spa
  • Electronics – Sheffield
  • Physics or Computer Science – Leamington Spa

Please use the links on the left hand side of the page to apply.


Our application form is online and your progress will be saved once you have started the application, allowing you to make edits prior to submitting if you wish to. Please note that you are welcome to submit an application for more than one vacancy.

Candidates who meet shortlisting requirements will be asked to undertake an online General Intelligence Analysis assessment which we will use to aid our sifting process.

The closing dates for applications fall over the period of the end of October/start of November (follow individual link to apply for specific date) and will be applied strictly.

For any questions relating to the vacancy or the application process, please contact Alice Bugden on 01179 253 030, or by email to recruitment@withersrogers.com.