Careers Information

Careers Information

We are a growing firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys and recruit regularly

We have live vacancies for a trainee patent attorney.

Trainee Patent Attorney - Physics, Engineering, Electronics or Computer Software

Hindles have a vacancy for a trainee patent attorney with a technical background in physics, engineering, electronics or computer software (2022 start date).

Initially assisting senior attorneys with a wide range of patent attorney work, our trainee will quickly gain responsibility as their knowledge and experience grow. A high standard of training will be provided, as well as support in preparing for the UK and European professional qualifying examinations.

This is an excellent opportunity for an ambitious individual to kick-start their career in a rewarding, varied and fast-paced profession.

Essential skills:

If you are have strong analytical and communication skills, the ability to pick up complex technical ideas quickly and keen attention to detail, combined with an exemplary academic record, you could be exactly what we’re looking for.

For this particular position, applicants should have or be about to obtain a honours degree or Masters degree in physics, engineering (e.g. mechanical, electrical or electronic engineering) or computer software. We regularly work with multidisciplinary inventions and candidates whose first degree is in chemistry or the life sciences will be considered if they in addition have technical expertise in physics, engineering, electronics or computer software.

You will also require good scientific general knowledge and the ability to write high quality technical English. A PhD or industrial research experience would be an advantage but is not essential. As this position is for a trainee, prior experience of patent work is not required or expected.

We have a reputation for excellence in both the quality of the work that we do, and the client service which we deliver. The quality, responsivity, and attitude of our people form the bedrock of our firm and we believe the quality of our team sets us apart. As such, we’re looking for an individual who shares our commitment to excellence.

The position may be based from our Edinburgh or Liverpool office.

The start date for this position is flexible between early 2022 and autumn 2022.

What we offer:

• Interesting and challenging work dealing predominantly with direct clients, ranging from high-technology start-up companies to multinational corporations; • A commitment to training and professional development; • An opportunity to get involved in decision-making from the start; • Competitive salary and excellent long-term prospects; • A friendly working environment.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2022 although we may start to review applications before this date. Please apply, in confidence, to Alistair Hindle, writing to with CV and covering email. We send acknowledgements every few weeks and so you should receive confirmation of your application but there may be delay.

Speculative Applications

Although we are not currently advertising further vacancies, we do review, and seriously consider, speculative applications which we receive. We are particularly interested to hear from trainee patent attorneys who already have experience in the profession and who are considering moving.

Speculative applications may be sent to with CV and covering letter. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

When we advertise traineeships for new entrants to the profession we publish the application deadline on this website and on IP Careers and we recommend signing up to their email list.

Hindles are signatories to the IP Inclusive charter and are committed to its principles.

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