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Patent examiner vacancies at the IPO

The IPO is recruiting 15 chemistry, biotechnology and engineering patent examiners to start 3 September 2018.

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Role of a patent examiner

Patent examiners help companies to innovate and grow by granting high quality, valid patents. Patent examiners look at both the technical and legal aspects of a patent application. They compare the new invention against those found in patent databases to decide whether to grant a patent.

Skills required

We are seeking people with highly developed analytical and critical skills and the communication skills necessary to express complex technical and legal arguments. You will also need strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers. We need candidates who are self-motivated and willing to take responsibility for their own decisions.

Area of expertise

Patent examiners salaries currently start at £28,180 including a £3,030 recruitment and retention allowance. Posts in telecommunications receive a further £4,040 allowance, bringing the starting salary to £32,220 for these posts.

There are some limited vacancies in mechanical engineering, physics and computer science.

We welcome applications from people who have obtained or are expected to achieve at least a 2:2 degree in:

  • biotechnology
  • chemistry
  • electrical/electronic engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • physics
  • computer science

How to apply

Full details of the role and how to apply are available on the Civil Service jobs website.

The closing date for applications is 11 March 2018.

For more information please email adminvacancies@ipo.gov.uk.

Published 14 October 2014
Last updated 5 February 2018 + show all updates
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