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Trainee Trade Mark Attorney


£Circa £30k

Job description

If you are thinking of a career as a patent attorney and possess a minimum of a 2:1 Degree in Law, Languages, or another subject then we want to hear from you. For more information about joining HLK in September 2023 read on.

Who are we?

We are an IP powerhouse comprising over 200 people in 7 locations, providing a full suite of IP services advising across the globe and in all technical and scientific disciplines. Our people are at the heart of everything we do. Our business ethos is all about great client service and we can only deliver that by being a great employer.

What exactly do trade mark attorneys do?

A trade mark attorney advises clients on all aspects of trade mark usage, protection and enforcement. At the core of the job, a trade mark attorney will be called upon to conduct clearance searches to ascertain whether trade marks are free for use, and to file and prosecute trade mark applications, drafted to reflect clients’ commercial interests. He or she will also be actively involved in international portfolio protection and management, as well as in a wide variety of contentious matters, from oppositions, revocation and invalidity proceedings to trade mark infringement issues.

What makes a good trade mark attorney?

• A strong academic background in Law or Languages to at least 2:1 degree level but candidates with good degrees in other subjects may still be considered.

• Good communication skills that can be adapted for clients from a wide variety of educational and commercial backgrounds.

• The ability to make confident judgement calls based on information provided.

• A good eye for detail and accuracy.

What makes this an interesting career?

• The opportunity to apply your in Law or Languages degree to a wide cross-section of clients and technologies.

• Continuing intellectual challenge - you never stop learning.

• Excellent career opportunities and financial rewards.

• The international aspects of work providing ample opportunity to travel.

At HLK our trainees are mentored by an experienced Partner and receive unparalleled training through the HLK Academy. We invest in your growth and maintain flat hierarchies within the firm which offer great conditions for your continuing personal development. Above all we offer a supportive and friendly environment conducive to your growth.

The deadline for applications is 15 November 2022.

Your application is formed of your CV, cover letter and your answers to 3 questions, which will follow on the next page. These questions need to be carefully considered and answered as if you were being asked them at the interview stage. Please review your answers to ensure you have answered each question fully- generally, without being close to the 100 word limit, we do not envisage you would be able to adequately address the questions.

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