You'll usually need a degree in a scientific, engineering, mathematical or technical subject. A postgraduate qualification in science or engineering may give you a further advantage.
You can then apply as a trainee with a patent office and study towards professional exams while you work. It usually takes a minimum of 2 years to qualify.
You may be able to take a postgraduate award in law or intellectual property law, which can count towards qualification as a patent attorney. Many patent attorney trainees are sent on one of these courses by their employers.
You'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
- a degree in a relevant subject for postgraduate study