Trainee Patent Attorney


Job Ref: ENGAber17

Job Type: Trainee

Locations: Aberdeen

Sectors: Patents, Engineering

Teams: Energy

Is your degree in Engineering or Science?

Are you looking for a career with a difference?

HGF is one of the fastest growing, full-service intellectual property firms in the UK and currently has an opportunity for an engineering graduate to train and qualify as a Patent Attorney within its prestigious Energy Group. Whilst not essential, industrial experience is advantageous.

The Vacancy

This opportunity is within our Aberdeen office, working in a small team of qualified and part qualified engineering Patent Attorneys. This is an intellectually demanding, rigorous profession where the work is fascinating, the profession is highly respected and the legal qualifications are lengthy and tough. No legal training or background is required - HGF provides fully supported training leading to Patent Attorney qualifications.

Find out more about what it is like to begin a career as a trainee Patent Attorney at HGF by visiting the Inside Careers trainee profile for HGF at

The Patent Attorney Role

Patent Attorneys provide technical solutions and write complex patent documents which legally protect their client’s highly valuable inventions; this requires an in-depth understanding of their technical specialism, and an equally deep knowledge of the relevant legislation and regulatory requirements which vary according to the country of registration.

Salary Package

Competitive salary, increasing significantly with qualification, plus bonus and excellent benefits, including pension, 25 days holiday and a holiday purchase scheme.

Person requirements

The person we are seeking will:

have a minimum of a 2:1 honours level degree in engineering or science, ideally mechanical, physics, natural sciences although other science or engineering degrees will be considered for those with a demonstrable interest in mechanical technology.

have a willingness to learn and work with upstream oil and gas technology.

have a demonstrable interest to live and work in Aberdeen.

have excellent written and oral communication skills.

be socially confident and flexible in attitude and approach.

confidently and calmly operate in an intellectually demanding and often pressured environment.

be a team player.

About HGF

HGF is a thriving firm with an outstanding reputation for quality of service and initiative in meeting client needs. HGF believes it achieves this by attracting and retaining the best people.

With 10 offices across Scotland and England and 3 offices in Europe, HGF’s Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys provide specialist technical and legal advice to blue chip organisations and small to medium businesses across the world.  Many clients are household names and the work HGF does allows clients to protect and exploit their inventions, new products and branding. 

HGF has an open and non-hierarchical structure, and actively encourages trainees to become involved in client interaction from an early stage.

To Apply

Please email your CV (to include Highers/A Level results or equiavlent) with a letter stating why you want to become a Patent Attorney and why in Aberdeen to providing reference ENGAber17.

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