Trade Mark AttorneyJob Description:
Trade mark attorneys advise clients about registering and protecting designs and trade marks.Job Category:
What you will do:
In this role you could:
- carry out searches to see if a proposed trademark already exists
- advise on intellectual property issues like design and copyright
- draw up contracts
- deal with your countries and overseas registration authorities
- negotiate in disputes and take action if the client’s trademark rights are breached
- provide support to solicitors and barristers if a case goes to court
- handle renewals of existing trademarks, transfer of ownership and licensing
- legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently
As well as:
- persuading skills
- to be thorough and pay attention to detail
- excellent verbal communication skills
- active listening skills
- analytical thinking skills
- excellent written communication skills
- the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
- organisational skills
You can get into this job through:
- a university course
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You’ll usually need an upper second-class degree or higher, or postgraduate qualification, to apply for a training place with a company.
Most subjects are acceptable, though you may have an advantage with:
After university, you would start as a trainee with a private practice of trademark attorneys, or a large company with an in-house intellectual property department. You would study for professional exams. You’ll also need 2 years’ work experience to qualify.
You may be able to work your way up from a trademark administrator or paralegal role.
To do this, you’ll need a good level of general education including subjects such as English and maths.
You’ll also need around 5 years’ experience before you can apply for professional training to qualify as a trademark attorney.
You can apply for professional training with a firm to become a trademark attorney, if you’re a qualified solicitor or barrister.
Working Hours and Environment:
You could work in an office, at a client’s business or in a court.
Career Path & Progression:
With experience, you could move into senior management or partnership in a trade mark firm.