Graduate Opportunity

Trainee Patent Attorney - Software and Electronics (2022)

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About us

Marks & Clerk is recognised as one of the world’s leading specialists in intellectual property. A global network with over 800 people worldwide, we advise clients in a full range of sectors in all aspects of intellectual property – patents, trade marks, designs and copyright. This includes obtaining protection worldwide, portfolio management, strategic advice, commercial advice, licensing, enforcement, due diligence, litigation, IP valuation and design consultancy.

Applications are now open for our first round of assessments for our 2022 graduate scheme. We are currently seeking graduates for our Electronics and Software practice group. We have opportunities in many of our UK offices for graduates from the following specialisms:

  • Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Robotics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Biophysical Science
  • Engineering (all disciplines with experience in electronics/software)

Many of our current attorneys in the Software and Electronics practice group have degrees in Physics and all varieties of Engineering and Maths. However, for applicants with these degrees you must be able to demonstrate a real interest in Electronics and/or Software.

We welcome applications for those who have gained or expect to gain at least a 2:1 degree in the above specialisms. Applications are also welcomed from those completing a Masters, Doctorate or working in industry.

We anticipate the first round interviews for successful applications will take place between 28 February and 11 March 2022. The deadline for applications is midnight on 6 February 2022. 


  • Competitive salary dependent on qualification and experience
  • 26 days’ annual holiday, plus statutory holidays
  • Contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • Flexible working opportunities
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Gymflex scheme
  • Season ticket loans
  • Payment of membership fees to professional bodies required for the role
  • Exam and study leave

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Opportunity Overview

  • February 6th, 2022
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • 2:1 and above
  • Birmingham, Cambridge, London, Manchester and Oxford
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Preferred Disciplines...

  • Biology
  • Biomedical
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Electrical
  • Electronic
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Robotics
  • Software
  • Systems

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