B2 Associate Patent Examiner (10 posts, plus reserves)

Homeworking in Newport area
05 May 2021
18 May 2021
Contract Type

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is an inclusive employer where diversity is respected, and differences valued.

Patent examining offers an exciting and unusual opportunity to combine scientific and technical expertise with legal skills. Successful candidates will receive comprehensive training and mentoring support to develop the legal skills required for the role. 

Successful applicants will be appointed as ‘Associate Patent Examiners’. After 2-5 years understanding the basics of the examining job and developing a broad set of professional skills you can then apply for promotion to ‘Patent Examiner’. At this grade you work independently while continuing to develop your skills and experience. After a few more years of development there is non-competitive promotion to ‘Senior Patent Examiner’. Senior Patent Examiners are subject matter experts, leaders within the Patent Examining Division and provide mentoring support to the next generation of examiners. 

Additional Information

This role will be carried out remotely due to current government restrictions, please note however that travel to the IPO office in Newport may be required. 

You will be provided with the support and equipment you will need to be able to work from home.  Once government restrictions are lifted this role will be based at our Newport office. 

We are looking for people who have specific knowledge in one of the following scientific fields: 

  • Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Any type of engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Mathematics

We have particular skills gaps in the following specific scientific fields and anticipate offering more roles to candidates with knowledge in these fields: 

  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Medical Physics

This can be demonstrated by holding, or being on track to hold, at least a 2:2 degree in any of the listed subjects, OR, having equivalent industrial experience in a relevant technical field (5 years or more working in a STEM role where you have had the opportunity to learn, apply and embed technical knowledge in your specialist field). 

Please note: equivalent experience does not need to be demonstrated to be over a consecutive period of time. We welcome applications from people returning to STEM after a career break or those looking for a change of career. 

GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics is also required.

Click apply now for more information and to submit your application. 


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