Graduate Opportunity

Trainee Patent Attorney 2021

Life Sciences (Biotechnology)

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About us

Carpmaels & Ransford has driven innovation in the IP industry for over 200 years. Known for our outstanding technical knowledge, commercial acumen and creative thinking, we advise some of the world’s best-known companies on how to protect cutting-edge technologies and the latest scientific discoveries.

Carpmaels & Ransford: Career Insights

Are you eager to use your knowledge of science or technology outside the world of academia and the lab? Intellectual Property law demands the application of scientific and technical knowledge in a commercial environment, providing a diverse and challenging, yet intellectually stimulating and rewarding career.

About the role

Our industry-leading Life Sciences (Biotechnology) practice group is offering successful candidates the opportunity to qualify as a UK and European patent attorney. With increasing demands from our major international clients including Novartis, Eli Lilly, Johnson & Johnson, Regeneron, CSL, Shire/Takeda and Biogen, there is never a shortage of challenging, high-value work.

This is a fantastic opportunity to begin a rewarding and intellectually stimulating career using your scientific background and experience.

With an industry-leading training programme we offer exceptional training and support for obtaining UK and EQE qualifications and beyond. Our ethos of collaboration informs everything we do, both in work and outside of it. The wide range of sports, clubs and charity initiatives sponsored by the firm are just one of the ways in which we encourage team-work and a healthy work/life balance

About you

Each year, we recruit a number of high calibre STEM graduates, supporting them through to qualification as a UK and European patent attorney. As a new trainee, you’ll join a practice group relevant to your subject of study. Opportunities exist within our Life Sciences (Pharma and Biotechnology), Engineering and Technology, and Chemistry and Materials practice groups.

We're looking for high calibre graduates who possess a strong first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) or PhD in a relevant technical discipline such as biochemistry, molecular biology, bioinformatics, genetics or biomedical sciences. To train as a patent attorney, you must have a STEM degree in a relevant technical discipline. Please see the accepted degrees for our Life Science (Biotechnology) practice:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Genetics
  • Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Bioinformatics
  • Computational Biology
  • Medicine
  • Physiology
  • Natural Sciences (Biological Options)
  • Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Virology

Your degree will be complemented by strong A Levels (typically 3 at grade A or equivalent).

In addition to your technical skills, you demonstrate a natural curiosity and inquisitiveness, with a flair for writing and a meticulous eye for detail. Having an excellent command of both written and spoken English, you enjoy analysing and conceptualising complex matters, with a passion and aptitude for problem solving.

Recruitment process

Our recruitment process is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest in a career within IP. If successful following the completion of our brief online application form and submission of your CV, you’ll be asked to complete a short pre-recorded video interview. Shortlisted candidates will then be invited to attend a two-stage interview process, where you will meet a number of representatives from the firm.

Interviews are scheduled during September and December. We encourage early applications, and will keep you regularly informed during each stage of the process.


At Carpmaels & Ransford we understand the need to reward your hard work and investment in the firm and our clients. Therefore, we provide unparalleled benefits:

  • Market leading salary
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Interest-free season ticket loan
  • Holiday bonus & Holiday buy scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Generous family-friendly policies

If you are seeking a challenging and intellectually stimulating career using your technical background and experience, we would love to hear from you.


How to Apply

Job ID Number: 000116
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Opportunity Overview

  • November 13th, 2020
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • London
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Disciplines accepted...

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Data Science
  • Science

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