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Patent Attorney Summer Internship - Engineering & Tech


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About Carpmaels & Ransford

When an entrepreneur named James Poole founded the firm that is now Carpmaels & Ransford back in 1776, he established a legacy that has shaped the world of intellectual property for over 200 years.

Today, from its offices in London and Munich, Carpmaels & Ransford is a formidable presence in European intellectual property, acting on behalf of some of the world’s most innovative and successful companies. Never complacent, we are continually expanding our knowledge and experience by recruiting the brightest graduates and sharing our knowledge within the firm and throughout the profession.

We have the largest specialist life sciences group on one site in Europe. We protect some of the most commercially valuable pharma products in the world, and many of our biotech cases form the basis of EPO case law. We are also engaged by some of the world’s pre-eminent technology companies.

Our clients are diverse, from large corporates through to start-ups. With long standing client relationships in the US, Asia and across Europe, we are deeply involved in managing some of the world’s leading brands and IP portfolios.

Our collaborative ethos 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 teamwork and a healthy work/life balance.

Intern programme

With internships and other work experience in the patent profession being notoriously difficult to obtain, our intern programme is a rare opportunity to gain first-hand experience of what it is like to work within one of Europe’s leading firms of patent attorneys. Our programme normally takes place around June/July at our offices in Central London. It is designed to accelerate your understanding of the profession providing you with an insight into working life in Intellectual Property, in particular the working life at Carpmaels & Ransford.

What will you be doing?

Are you looking for an intellectually challenging, purposeful and rewarding career, with the opportunity to use your scientific and technical skills outside of traditional career paths?

Our fully paid summer internship programme will take place in summer 2021, providing aspiring patent attorneys with a real insight into the profession, and working life at Carpmaels.

We will provide you with seminars, case studies, work shadowing and the opportunity to get involved with client meetings and live cases. You will also get to experience our social side, through meeting and getting to know a variety of people across the firm.

Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, we will confirm the exact date and format nearer the time. Typically, the programme takes place in June/July, and will be one to two weeks in duration. In addition to the internship being a paid opportunity, we offer support for travel/accommodation expenses, should the programme take place in our central London office rather than in a virtual format.

What are we looking for?

In order to enter the patent profession, it is a key requirement to have a STEM degree. Please see our range of commonly accepted degrees. Please note that this isn’t an exhaustive list.

  • Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Electronic and Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Physics
  • Medical Physics
  • Natural Sciences (Physical Sciences Options)
  • Computer Science
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Maths.

Preference is given to candidates who are looking to begin a full-time graduate role in autumn 2022, and we welcome applications from individuals who have undertaken further study, including PhDs.

You will be working towards, or have obtained, an excellent first degree (minimum 2:1 or equivalent) complemented by strong A Levels (typically 3 at grade A or equivalent) and a passion for science and technology. With an excellent command of both written and spoken English and a meticulous eye for detail, you enjoy analysing and conceptualising complex matters, with an enthusiasm and aptitude for problem solving.

We are proud to be using Rare Recruitment's Contextual Recruitment System (CRS) which allows us to consider your achievements in the context in which they were gained. We understand that not every candidate's achievements look the same on paper - and we want to recruit the best people, from every background.

Recruitment process

When applying, please submit your application to one practice group only. If you are unsure which group is most relevant to your degree, please contact us via and we’ll be happy to help.

Please note that the number of spaces on the internship is limited. If your application is unsuccessful, please don’t be discouraged from applying to our other opportunities, including trainee positions and insight events.

In accordance with our equal opportunities policy, we will provide equal opportunities to any employee or job applicant, and will not discriminate either directly or indirectly because of race, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital or civil partnership status, age, disability, or pregnancy and maternity.

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Opportunity Overview

  • March 13th, 2021
  • Competitive + benefits
  • 2:1 and above (expected)
  • Summer
  • London/remote
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical
  • Biotechnology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Control & Instrumentation
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • IT Architecture
  • Information Technology
  • Maths
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronics
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems
  • Telecommunications

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