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Trade mark attorney

Alternative titles for this job include

Trade mark attorneys advise clients about registering and protecting designs and trade marks.

Average salary (a year)

£25,000 Starter


£90,000 Experienced

Typical hours (a week)

37 to 39 a week

You could work

evenings occasionally

How to become

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How to become 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:

  • law
  • science
  • engineering
  • languages

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.

Entry requirements

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels, or equivalent, for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

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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.

Direct Application

You can apply for professional training with a firm to become a trade mark attorney, if you're a qualified solicitor or barrister.

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Further information

You'll find more advice about training to become a trade mark attorney from The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

What it takes

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What it takes

Skills and knowledge

You'll need:

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • persuading skills
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • excellent written communication skills
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

What you’ll do

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What you'll do

Day-to-day tasks

In this role you could:

  • carry out searches to see if a proposed trade mark already exists
  • advise on intellectual property issues like design and copyright
  • draw up contracts
  • deal with UK and overseas registration authorities
  • negotiate in disputes and take action if the client's trade mark rights are breached
  • provide support to solicitors and barristers if a case goes to court
  • handle renewals of existing trade marks, transfer of ownership and licensing

Working environment

You could work in an office, at a client's business or in a court.

Career path and progression

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Career path and progression

With experience, you could move into senior management or partnership in a trade mark firm.

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