Services

Our services are centred around intellectual property that can be registered. We protect innovation, design, and branding across all sectors of industry, and at all stages in the supply chain.

For each IP right we offer services covering strategic advice, pre-registration searches, registrations and renewals, oppositions and dispute resolution. We handle work throughout the world, working with local colleagues in over 100 countries.

Sectors

Our attorneys specialise in one or more sectors of industry, which enables them to provide quality advice with a commercial focus.

Our patent specialists have detailed understanding of the background technology, which ensures that your patent applications are prepared with the correct scope, reducing the likelihood of challenges from third parties and objections from the patent office.

They also advise whether other forms of protection would be more appropriate. Our brand specialists work with brand managers for leading brands and their advice is commercially focussed making sure that you get the best value from your budget.

Minimum requirement of 2:1 degree

Timeline

Applications 2021 is now open. Please visit our vacancies page to view and apply for advertised roles.

Deadline

Applications will remain open until all posts have been filled.

1


Shortlisting

2


1st interview

with written task

3


2nd interview

followed by coffee with current trainees

4


Job offer

5


Start following September

Becoming a patent attorney


Becoming a trade mark attorney


Facts & Figures 2021


Number of employees

151

Number of partners

23

Number of qualified patent attorneys

44

Number of qualified trade mark attorneys

12

Number of trainee patent attorneys

25

Number of trainee trade mark attorneys

5

Locations

London, Cambridge & Munich

Work experience offered

No

Degree required

Minimum 2:1, STEM & law degrees

Benefits


  • 25 days annual leave plus all bank and public holidays
  • Discretionary Christmas bonus
  • Additional day off in December
  • Private Pension Scheme (with optional salary sacrifice)
  • Group Life Assurance (up to 3 x salary)
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Private medical scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme (salary sacrifice scheme)
  • Active social events calendar
  • Dress down Friday
  • Eye care vouchers
  • Access to cycle store and shower facilities
  • Comprehensive graduate training programme
  • Paid study leave leading up to professional exams
  • Positive culture for work-life balance
  • Daily delivery of fresh fruit

FAQs


FAQs – PATENT ATTORNEY

How do I become a Patent Attorney?

You’ll need a degree (at least a 2:1) in a science, engineering, technical or mathematics based subject to get a job as a trainee patent attorney. It’s possible to become a trainee patent attorney after pursuing a different career post-degree.

Training starts from day one.  After an initial two week boot camp, assistants will receive on-the-job training which generally involves working for one (or more) fully qualified patent attorney combined with in-house and external tutorials in preparation for sitting the Queen Mary exams one year in.

How many exams are there?

Examinations are set by the Patent Examination Board (PEB) and the European Patent Office.  In order to register for the UK exams, you will need to have passed the foundation exams which will be taken approximately one year after joining R&G.  There are four foundation papers, four UK papers and four European papers to sit.   Once fully qualified, you will be required to complete a litigations skills course for which there is an exam at the end.

Do I need a PhD to be a Patent Attorney?

It not a pre-requisite to join R&G with a PhD.

How long does it take to become a Patent Attorney?

It typically takes around 4-6 years to be a fully qualified UK and European Patent Attorney.

How much does a trainee patent attorney earn?

The starting salary for a trainee patent attorney will usually be in the range of £28,000 to £36,000.  By the time you have qualified your salary is likely to be around £60,000 to £65,000 (Source IP Careers/Fellows & Associates).

When and how can I apply?

Our application window opens in September and typically closes by the end of December or until all vacancies have been filled (this can be sooner or later than the published deadline).  Applications will only be received via our on-line application form.  Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted and that we do not accept CVs with covering letters.

What is the interview process?

If your applications is approved, you will be invited to a first interview which will consist of a written exercise followed by an interview with a Partner from the relevant practice area and a member of the HR Team.  If you are successful, you will then be invited back to meet two other Partners from the same group as well as being given an opportunity to have coffee with a couple of our current trainees.

I am a non-EU applicant; can I apply for a job?

All applications that meet the academic criteria (or equivalent) will be considered. We currently hold a sponsorship licence to employ non-EU applicants.

I am a non-British citizen; will Brexit have any impact on my application?

At present, it is unclear how Brexit will impact on the recruitment for non-British citizens. We will continue to support applicants as much as possible.

FAQs – TRADE MARK ATTORNEY

How do I become a Trade Mark Attorney?

You’ll need a degree (at least a 2:1) and it doesn’t have to be a law degree. It’s possible to become a trainee trade mark attorney after pursuing a different career post-degree.

Training starts from day one.  After an initial two week boot camp, assistants will receive on-the-job training which generally involves working for one (or more) fully qualified trade mark attorney combined with in-house and external tutorials in preparation for sitting the Queen Mary exams one year in.

How many exams are there?

Examinations are set by the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA). There are two courses involved in the trade mark attorney qualification process.    First, there are regular (compulsory) lectures to attend at Queen Mary University at which trainees are taught the legal theory of trade marks, designs and copyright.   At the beginning of that course you will sit a Professional Ethics paper and if you are a non-Law graduate you will sit a Foundations of Law paper (Law graduates are exempt from this paper).   At the end of that course, you sit three or four papers dependant on whether you a Law graduate: two trade mark papers and one copyright & design paper. and a foundation in law paper (Law graduates are exempt from taking this paper).  Following the QM course, you will return to the office for approximately one year where you will implement the theory learnt at QM.  The second course is at Nottingham Trent University.  You will stay in Nottingham for a few days each every other month to attend lectures and take part in small seminar and workshop groups.  There are four written and  assessments throughout the course, including two oral assessments which are spread throughout the course.  There are four One of the written papers at the end of the course, including assessments is a specialist Litigation paper.   Once passed, you become a fully qualified UK and European Trade Mark Attorney.

How long does it take to become a Trade Mark Attorney?

It typically takes around 4 years to be a fully qualified UK and EU Trade Mark Attorney.

How much does a trainee Trade Mark Attorney earn?

The starting salary for a trainee trade mark attorney will usually be in the range of £18,000 to £28,000.  By the time you have qualified the average salary is likely to be around £39,000 rising to £59,000 after two years (Source IPCareers/CITMA).

When and how can I apply?

Our application window opens in September and typically closes by the end of December or until all vacancies have been filled (this can be sooner or later than the published deadline).  Applications will only be received via our on-line application form.  Please note that only successful candidates will be contacted and that we do not accept CVs with covering letters.

What is the interview process?

If your applications is approved, you will be invited to a first interview which will consist of a written exercise followed by an interview with a Partner from the relevant practice area and a member of the HR Team.  If you are successful, you will then be invited back to meet two other Partners from the same group as well as being given an opportunity to have coffee with a couple of our current trainees.

I am a non-EU applicant; can I apply for a job?

All applications that meet the academic criteria (or equivalent) will be considered. We currently hold a sponsorship licence to employ non-EU applicants.

I am a non-British citizen; will Brexit have any impact on my application?

At present, it is unclear how Brexit will impact on the recruitment for non-British citizens. We will continue to support applicants as much as possible.

Please note

Due to the large number of applications received, we are regrettably unable to respond to e-mail, fax or telephone enquiries on application status and only shortlisted candidates will be contacted (CVs and covering letters can not be accepted).

Please contact our recruitment team with any queries here.

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