What careers are there in ideas?

From high-flying lawyers to super-efficient administrators, from innovative designers to international business people, there are many careers in ideas and intellectual property. Explore the map of opportunities.

Take a closer look at just some of the roles, meet people who do those jobs and search for openings for you.

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Trade Mark Examiner (UK)

Working at the Intellectual Property Office, a trade mark examiner assesses whether an application for a trade …

Key skills: An analytical mind and the ability to communicate clearly and accurately in written reports
Needs: At least 2 A levels (or equivalent)
Avg starting salary: £***

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Formalities Examiner (UK)

Formalities examiners check that when people (or companies) apply for their ownership of IP to be officially …

Key skills: Well organised and able to organise other people. A stickler for detail
Needs: 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) - preferably more
Avg starting salary: £***

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IP Administrator

IP administrators are the ones who make the office run smoothly by providing administrative and secretarial support

Key skills: Great time management and organisation skills
Needs: GCSEs as a minimum, and ideally office experience
Avg starting salary: £***

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IP Legal Secretary / Paralegal

Legal secretaries and paralegal assistants do all sorts of jobs such as filing and routine tasks, managing …

Key skills: Good time management, an ability to hit deadlines in a busy environment
Needs: 5 GCSEs (or equivalent)
Avg starting salary: £***

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IP Barrister

When we think of lawyers, we often think of people arguing a case in court. That’s pretty …

Key skills: Ability to get to the heart of complicated disputes quickly & tease out relevant issues
Needs: A good law degree or law conversion course. Then lots of training
Avg starting salary: £***

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Trade Mark Attorney

If you own a brand, you want to ensure that no one can cash in on your …

Key skills: An eye for detail and the ability to communicate clearly with clients
Needs: Usually a 2:1 degree, often in law or business
Avg starting salary: £18,000-£28,000

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Patent Attorney

A patent attorney is someone who’s qualified to give advice to people about patents and to act …

Key skills: English language skills, an aptitude for law, a close eye for detail
Needs: Science or engineering degree, possibly a PhD
Avg starting salary: £25,000

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IP Solicitor

A solicitor gives legal advice to clients and represents them in negotiations or disputes.

Key skills: Legal & business skills like negotiating, commercial acumen, interpersonal skills
Needs: A good law degree or law conversion course, then the Legal Practice Course
Avg starting salary: £***

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IP Judge

A judge presides over legal disputes in courts or in hearings, ruling on matters of law and …

Key skills: Years of successful experience as a senior barrister or solicitor
Needs: Years of successful experience as a senior barrister or solicitor
Avg starting salary: £***

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Patent Searcher / Analyst

If you invent something, how do you know no one else has thought of it before? You …

Key skills: A strong head for analysing and interpreting numbers/stats
Needs: A degree in a science area
Avg starting salary: £***

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Patent Examiner (UK)

Working at the Intellectual Property Office, a patent examiner decides whether applications for patents can be granted.

Key skills: Good technical knowledge and communication skills
Needs: A degree in a science, technology or maths discipline
Avg starting salary: £***

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Patent Examiner (Europe)

A patent examiner who works at the European Patent Office (EPO) performs a similar job to a …

Key skills: Excellent language skills in English, French or German
Needs: Dependent on specific job within sector
Avg starting salary: €55,000

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Technical Translator

Patents can be complicated and technical, but they need to be understood by people all over the …

Key skills: Amazing language skills - nothing short of bilingual
Needs: Ideally a degree in languages & a Masters or diploma in translation
Avg starting salary: £***

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IP Journalist

IP is a world of intrigues and innovations, breakthroughs and break-ups.  Somebody needs to tell these stories, …

Key skills: An inquiring mind and a sharp writing style
Needs: An understanding of the law and science could be helpful (but isn't essential).
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Licensing Executive

If you want to use someone else’s intellectual property – whether it’s a patent, music rights, or …

Key skills: A business and legal mind-set and excellent negotiation skills
Needs: Usually you need a degree, preferably in law (or maybe in science for patent licensing)
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Technology Transfer Officer

A lot of the best research goes on in universities.  Sometimes, research teams realise they’ve created or …

Key skills: A bit of science, a bit of law, and a lot of business enterprise
Needs: Typically a science degree, or a law or business degree together with a keen interest in science and technology
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