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Every trainee will work closely with a partner of the firm who will be responsible for their day-to-day training and development. As a complement to this traditional one-to-one training, we have a bespoke training programme for our new trainees. This is intended to bring trainees up to speed with some of the core concepts of intellectual property law, and also to provide a degree of cohesive practical tuition.
The training programme begins with a two-week intensive “bootcamp” training induction. This will not only provide you with an insight into the cogs and wheels of the firm but will also introduce you to the basics of patent law and other intellectual property laws, such as design law and trade mark law. The training induction also includes sessions dealing with important practical aspects of the job such as “how to communicate with clients”, “effective marketing”, and “the role of a trainee”.
The training programme then continues with weekly training sessions dedicated to practical training. The trainees work through different tasks of increasing complexity each week, and their work is then assessed by a partner or qualified attorney. Both communal and individual feedback is provided through these practical training sessions which will provide trainees with the tools to develop their core skills.
Our training programme does not require trainees to sit any exams in their first year. We believe that our internal training programme and practical experience is more important at this stage to provide a solid grounding for exams which are taken during the trainee’s second year.
We want our trainees to have access to the best support they can get, so they are also encouraged to take advantage of courses and lectures provided by the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. We also offer in-house German and French language classes.