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Patent Examiner Summer Internship Scheme

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Job description

Patents 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 the invention. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) administers the UK patent system and employs around 350 science and engineering professionals to examine patents across all areas of technology. The role of the patent examiner is to grant high quality patents for inventions which are genuinely new and inventive. 

Patent examiners use their well-developed analytical ability to scrutinise both technical and legal aspects of a patent application to determine if the invention is new and inventive and whether the application satisfies other legal requirements. 

We are looking to employ 3 interns for a period of 8 weeks to provide technical assistance to patent examiners.

IPO | Find out how we can work together

With over 160 years' experience and expertise, the IPO promotes innovation and growth by offering vibrant programme of activities, information and support to UK businesses.

General Skills required 

  1. Well-developed analytical skills to analyse, understand and evaluate technically complex scientific and/or engineering information. 
  2. Strong ability to communicate technical information both orally and in writing. 
  3. Self-starter who has the ability to manage their own work. 

Specific Technical Knowledge required 

We are looking for undergraduates in or approaching their final year of study with a very good technical understanding of telecommunications engineering or computer systems engineering. We will also consider candidates from related fields, including electrical and electronic engineering, if they have experience in these areas.


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Diversity Statement

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.

Commissioners statement

The Civil Service recruits by merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. 


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Opportunity Overview

  • June 9th, 2019
  • £22,301 pro rata + benefits
  • All grades
  • Summer
  • Newport (Wales)
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Computer Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Hardware
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Telecommunications

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