Trainee Chemical & Life Sciences Patent Attorney (Biotech)

Chemical and Life Sciences · London, London, City of
Department Chemical and Life Sciences
Employment Type Full Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level
Compensation £30,000

If you are a graduate (or due to graduate in 2021) in biochemistry or a biotechnological subject, have a solid chemistry background, plus a strong interest in science and technology, we want to hear from you.


Who are we? 


We are an IP powerhouse comprising over 200 people in 7 locations, providing a full suite of IP services advising across the globe and in all technical and scientific disciplines.  Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business ethos is all about great client service and we can only deliver that by being a great employer.  


What exactly do patent attorneys do? 


We secure intellectual property rights for prominent companies as well as highly creative start-up businesses. Our clients include many well-known household and industrial names and are at the forefront of technological development in the electronics, engineering, chemical, and biotechnology sectors. 


At the core of the job is the preparation of patent applications on behalf of clients. This involves understanding an invention, distilling it down to its key features, and then writing a very clear and broad-based description of it, such that a Patent Examiner will be persuaded to grant a patent. Around that core skill, a Patent Attorney will be called upon to advise clients on all aspects of patent procedures, on international patent protection, and on effective patent strategies. 


What makes a good patent attorney? 


  • A strong biochemistry, biotechnological graduate with a solid chemistry background, to at least 2:1 degree level. A PhD is preferable.
  • An interest in and enthusiasm for science and technology.
  • Good communication skills that can be adapted for clients from a wide variety of educational and commercial backgrounds.
  • The ability to make confident judgement calls based on information provided.
  • A good eye for detail and accuracy.


What makes this an interesting career? 


  • The opportunity to apply your science degree to a wide cross-section of clients and technologies.
  • Continuing intellectual challenge - you never stop learning.
  • Excellent career opportunities and financial rewards.
  • The international aspects of work providing ample opportunity to travel.


At HLK our trainees are mentored by an experienced Partner and receive unparalleled training through the HLK Academy. We invest in your growth and maintain flat hierarchies within the firm which offer great conditions for your continuing personal development. Above all we offer a supportive and friendly environment conducive to your growth. Check out our brochure here.


Your application is formed of your CV, cover letter and your answers to 3 questions, which will follow on the next page. These questions need to be carefully considered and answered as if you were being asked them at the interview stage. Please review your answers to ensure you have answered each question fully- generally, without being close to the 100-word limit, we do not envisage you would be able to adequately address the questions.


The closing date for this vacancy is Sunday 15 November. 

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  • Location
    London, London, City of
  • Department
    Chemical and Life Sciences
  • Employment Type
    Full Time
  • Minimum Experience
  • Compensation