Trainee Trade Mark Attorney – Graduate Programme


12 days ago


United Kingdom


London, Manchester, Birmingham, or Oxford




12th Jun 2022


Marks & Clerk LLP


Private practice

The appointee will support the Partners and qualified Trade Mark Attorneys in providing exceptional client service for an existing portfolio of clients. Working with one of the largest firms in the profession has the advantage that trainees can experience a wide range of challenging and interesting tasks and work with a range of clients from household names to the latest start-up ventures.

In addition, they will be encouraged to assist with business development to spot opportunities to advance client relationships and to develop and maintain our status as trusted advisors. There is also the opportunity to get involved in business development from an early stage in your career, with the opportunity to join one of our focus sector groups – Creative Industries, Food & Drink, Fashion & Retail, Beauty & Cosmetics, Financial Services and Transport.

As a graduate trainee, you will be given full support to achieve qualification as a Registered and Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney. As well as support and assistance on the relevant courses, we also run our own comprehensive in-house “Training Academy” which combines tutorials and lectures, as well as mentoring and supervision from Partners and other qualified Trade Mark Attorneys. Extensive support is also available from our highly capable support team. The “Training Academy” also provides a great way to get to know the other trainees across the UK business in both trade marks and patents. In addition, you will also gain a range of commercial skills, such as business development and client care, as part of our on-going personal development programme.


You will be expecting, or will have gained, a degree (minimum 2:1) in a Law, English, Languages or another humanities based degree - although there are no specific degree topic requirements to become a Trade Mark Attorney. We welcome applications at undergraduate, masters and PhD level.

You may also already be a qualified solicitor who is seeking to specialise in intellectual property. Some working knowledge and practical experience of intellectual property law is beneficial, but not required. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Exceptional analytical abilities.
  • A pragmatic approach and the ability to understand commercial issues.
  • Well-developed communication skills, both verbal and written.
  • A highly motivated and pro-active attitude.
  • Excellent organisation and prioritisation skills.
  • The ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Competency in French, German, Mandarin or Cantonese is an advantage.

Interviews for our graduate programme will take place throughout July 2022.

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