We normally recruit up to six people each year to be trained as patent attorneys in London, Oxford or Cambridge. All trainee patent attorneys are expected to train and qualify both as a European and as a British Patent Attorney.
The academic requirements are rigorous. Candidates should have an excellent track record of achievement at school and university with a minimum of a 2.1 honours degree in a scientific or technical subject, preferably physics, engineering, computer science, chemistry or biosciences such as molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, immunology or plant sciences. We are open to applications from candidates holding or studying for a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree.
If you are applying for a role as a trainee patent attorney, you should indicate whether you wish to join the London, Oxford or Cambridge office, or have no preference.
All trainee and qualified patent attorneys based in our Oxford and Cambridge offices typically spend about one day a week in London. We find this highly beneficial for trainee attorneys. It enables them to be fully involved in the firm’s training programme and build strong working relationships with London-based colleagues.
We usually encourage trainee patent attorneys to start with us in the autumn, in a recognised peer group, though we are very flexible about start dates. We encourage applications before the end of the calendar year for candidates who wish to start the following autumn. We will, however, consider applications from exceptional candidates at any time of the year.
At J A Kemp we do not offer formal work experience or internships.
How to Apply
Applications for our 2021 intake of trainee patent attorneys have now closed. We expect to begin reviewing applications for our 2022 intake of trainee patent attorneys in autumn 2021. Please keep an eye on our website for updates on the application process for our next intake.
Your application should include a CV and covering letter addressed to the head of the relevant group.