Career outlook for patent attorney
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Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would help people protect their rights when they invent a new product, design or process.
You’d ensure that an original idea is legally credited to the inventor – whether that’s an individual or a company – so other people can’t copy the invention for a set period of time.
- Meet inventors or manufacturers to get the details of their invention, innovation or design
- Search existing patents to check the invention or design is original
- Advise about the chances of being granted a patent
- Write a detailed legal description of the invention or design - known as a patent draft
- Apply for patents to the UK Intellectual Property Office or European Patent Office
- Answer questions from patent examiners
- Advise clients whose patent rights may have been breached
- Represent clients if a case comes to court
You would also advise on other intellectual property issues such as design rights, industrial design, copyright and trade marks. You’d need to keep up to date with intellectual property law.
A scientific or technical background would help you to understand the new products and processes that you would need to assess and advise upon.
Reading skills in French and German may also be an advantage for some roles.
Many patent attorneys are also qualified trade mark attorneys.
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