How to become a trade mark attorney
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 trade mark 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'll usually need:
- 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
- a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course
You may be able to work your way up from a trade mark administrator or paralegal role.
To do this, you'll need a good level of general education including GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths.
You'll also need around 5 years' experience before you can apply for professional training to qualify as a trade mark attorney.
You can apply for professional training with a firm to become a trade mark attorney, if you're a qualified solicitor or barrister.
- you will need to register with the Intellectual Property Regulation Board
You'll find more advice about training to become a trade mark attorney from The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.