Associate Patent Examiner

Newport, South Wales
£27,656 per annum and benefits
06 Feb 2017
05 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is seeking to recruit Patent Examiners with a background in biotechnology or chemistry to start in September 2017.

Patent Examiners help companies to innovate and grow by granting high quality, valid patents. They scrutinise both the technical and legal aspects of a patent application, comparing the new invention against those found in patent databases, before considering whether or not to grant a patent.

Patent examining offers an unusual opportunity to combine your scientific and technical knowledge with legal skills. We are seeking people with highly developed analytical and critical skills and the communication skills necessary to express complex technical and legal arguments along with strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers. We require candidates who are self-motivated and willing to take responsibility for their own decisions.

The office deals with a wide range of subject matter, from pharmaceuticals and enzymology to smart phones and car engines; we endeavour for each examiner to work in areas appropriate to their qualifications and interests.

Salary & Benefits

Associate Patent Examiners currently start at £27,656, which includes a £3000 recruitment and retention allowance, with benefits such as flexible working, non-competitive promotion, generous holidays and an excellent pension scheme.

Subject of Study

We welcome applications from people who have obtained or are expected to achieve at least a 2:2 degree in biotechnology or chemistry or a relevant field. Preferably biotechnology candidates have a further degree (e.g. MSc, PhD) or appropriate industrial experience.


The office is based on the outskirts of Newport, South Wales.

How to Apply

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