Associate Patent Examiner

Our office is based in Newport, South Wales
Starting salary £28,180 - £32220 depending on technical background
17 Oct 2018
25 Nov 2018

Associate Patent Examiner

We are recruiting around 50 associate patent examiners across all areas of technology including chemistry, biotechnology, engineering, computer science, physics and mathematics. We are particularly interested in engineers with experience in telecommunications engineering, electrical and electronic engineering and computer systems engineering.

Patent examiners require at least a 2:2 degree or equivalent in a relevant science, engineering, computer science or mathematics subject, or relevant industrial experience at that level. GCSE/O-level grade C or above in Mathematics and English is also required.

Employer Information

Intellectual property is essential for stimulating creativity and innovation. The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the government agency responsible for intellectual property and we maintain a clear and accessible intellectual property system in the UK which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. We help people get the right type of protection from their creation or invention. 

In particular Patents are an important tool for stimulating innovation and growth. They grant monopoly rights of up to 20 years in return for a full disclosure of the invention. The IPO administers the UK patent system and employs around 350 science and engineering professionals to examine patents across all areas of technology. The role of the patent examiner is to grant high quality patents for inventions which are genuinely new and inventive.

Main Duties

Patent examining offers an unusual opportunity to combine scientific and technical expertise with legal skills. Successful candidates will receive comprehensive structured training and mentoring in the legal skills and knowledge required, as well as in the professional searching skills necessary for carrying out the patent examiner role. Patent examiners combine these legal skills and searching skills with their well-developed analytical ability and their technical knowledge to determine if the invention is new and inventive and whether the application satisfies other legal requirements.

Start dates & Salary

Available start dates are 1 April 2019 and 2 September 2019. You are asked to specify your preferred start date in your application. A £3,030 allowance is included in the starting salary package which overall currently starts at £28,180. In addition a further £4,040 allowance is available for posts in telecommunications, bringing the starting salary package for these posts to £32,220.

Application Process

civil service jobs website:

From the Civil Service Jobs website, filter your search to the “Intellectual Property Office” and select the “IPO Ref 2441 - B2 Associate Patent Examiner”; or search for the role using reference number 1603553.

In order to apply you will need to complete the form found on the Civil Service Jobs website and attach it to your online application. Your application may not be considered if this form is omitted.

When completing your application form please ensure that your examples cover the bullet points under each of the competency headings listed below:

Professional skills

•             Degree-level knowledge or equivalent experience in a relevant technical field and an ability to apply that knowledge in practical situations. You will need to draw on any relevant research projects and/or technical industrial experience in order to demonstrate this competency.

Making effective decisions

•             Well developed analytical skills to analyse, understand and evaluate technically complex scientific and/or engineering information and an ability to reach conclusions quickly, accurately and decisively.

Leading and communicating

•             Strong ability to express ideas effectively, both orally and in writing, and with sensitivity and respect for others.

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