Graduate Opportunity

Trainee Patent Attorney - Engineering (Electrical, Mechanical, Materials)

Bristol, Cambridge, London & Manchester. Multiple vacancies.

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Innovation across the fields of engineering is changing how we live our lives in new and exciting ways. This change covers a wide range of areas from materials engineering which could involve developments in medical devices, graphene or next generation batteries to electrical and mechanical engineering as well as critical new environmental areas such as renewable energy and cleantech.  We deal with future inventions in an increasingly interconnected world of humans, devices, robots and vehicles which is involving at pace! As Mewburn Ellis works at the very forefront of this change, we have the expertise to advise and help our clients to use intellectual property rights to nurture and protect their innovations, ideas and inventions and deliver them to market.

What do you need to be a Patent Attorney?

We speak to Intellectual Property firm Mewburn Ellis about what you need to embark on a career as a Patent Attorney. To watch the full Gradcracker/Mewburn Ellis webinar, click here.

Engineering and electronics are particularly fast-moving dynamic growth areas for our business and the team is growing quickly due to our reputation for quality, the expertise of our people and our strong client relationships. Join us and you could work in these fields with a range of clients from well-known companies such as Hitachi, Mitsubishi Electric through to new start-ups and innovation leading universities such as Cambridge and Imperial.

The role

Reflecting the exciting technology spaces in which our clients operate, you will work closely with colleagues across our engineering, technology and physics practice group but also with attorneys from our life sciences and chemistry practice groups, as well as our solicitors and trade mark team. We take a holistic approach to IP and that will be a theme throughout your training and beyond.  

Our training program is varied sometimes challenging but always rewarding. You will be invested in to grow personally and professionally. There’ll be lots of learning and opportunities to put your engineering background to good use. 

Our unique rotation scheme gives you the opportunity to work with different mentors and across different areas allowing you to develop as an attorney and find your niche.

You will sit with a qualified patent attorney and assist them with all parts of their work, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications and advising clients about various aspects of intellectual property law. Essentially we provide you with all the tools you need to become a Trusted Advisor to clients, helping you use your scientific background in a legal context. 

About You

We look for individuals with a curious, enquiring mind. Excellent communication skills, especially in writing, are vital. General commercial awareness is valuable but no prior knowledge of patent law is required. A strong academic background with a relevant STEM degree (for example Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Mechanical Engineering) is essential and having an open-minded personable approach to learning will also serve you well!

What’s in it for you?

  • A friendly, inclusive and team-based working culture
  • A generous remuneration and benefits package
  • Enhanced pension scheme 
  • 30 days' annual leave (not including bank holidays & additional study leave days)
  • Wide range of domestic and international clients
  • The possibility of working abroad

You’ll be well supported to pass your exams as well as develop your all-round skills as a trade mark attorney through our internal and external tutorials and regular input from experienced partners, backed up by feedback on your progress to inform and assist your development. And because we’re merit-based, your career progression is truly in your own hands.

We are a leading, top tier European intellectual property law firm and have expanded by 50% in the last 3 years to 290 colleagues. In many ways our successful growth story is down to our training and our long-term commitment to the wellbeing of our people.  As part of this we have a variety of informal sporting and social events as well as running various charity initiatives. 

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How to Apply

Candidates wishing to apply for a graduate vacancy should apply by email to with the following attachments:

1. CV (which should include):

  • Full name (inc. any middle names)
  • Current address
  • Secondary School and KS4 (e.g. GCSE) subjects and results
  • 6th Form College and KS5 (e.g. A-Level) subjects and results
  • Degree (course, University, and results), and details of any higher degree
  • Nationality and if work permit to work in UK is required*

2. Covering letter (which should include):

  • Reasons for applying
  • Activities and interests – what you enjoy doing in your spare time
  • Any other relevant information

3. Two pieces of written work explained below

  • In the email you send to us please specify where you heard about our vacancy
  • Please also provide any dates you are unavailable for interview

Written work

We require the following pieces of written work:

For applications for trainee patent attorney vacancies

  1. A short description of a kitchen implement having moving parts, which explains what the implement does, how it is constructed and works and which explains any clever features it has.  (No more than 600 words, and not an electrical appliance such as a toaster or microwave)
  2. A single sentence which defines the essential features of a pair of scissors and which distinguishes scissors from a pair of cutting pliers (e.g. wire cutters). For example, one might define the distinction between a “door” and a “sash window” as a cover which is positioned by an opening in a wall and which can be pivoted to vary the extent to which it blocks the opening.
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Opportunity Overview

  • January 20th, 2022
  • Multiple vacancies
  • Competitive salary + benefits
  • All grades
  • London, Cambridge, Manchester and Bristol
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Disciplines accepted...

  • All STEM disciplines

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