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Working at the Intellectual Property Office, a trade mark examiner assesses whether an application for a trade mark meets legal requirements. To do this then have to check whether any existing trade marks will be compromised, then they communicate decisions and reasons to the applicant.
See also Intellectual Property Office examiner.
The Intellectual Property Office is the government department that officially recognises patents and other intellectual property.
You need an analytical mind and the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in written reports. There’s also a good deal of customer service involved in dealing with applicants.
To get started, you normally need at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).
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When you start, you have a 3-month formal training programme. After that, your training continues on the job.
The training and professional development never lets up as you have to stay on top of changes. This also helps you climb the career ladder to become a senior trade mark examiner or head into other management roles or conducting hearings (when a decision is challenged).
IPO examiners have to take responsibility for their own work and, within a larger team, are left to work independently. As these are public sector roles, they offer a good deal of flexibility about working hours and patterns. Best of all though, is the satisfaction of being able grant applications to people acknowledge ownership or their intellectual property.
It can be tough to stay up to date with legal changes as new cases set new standards all the time. Sometimes this can require real judgement to make well reasoned decisions you’re prepared to stand by and justify.