Trainee Patent Attorney – Engineering, Glasgow


Job Ref: GlasEng 08/17

Job Type: Trainee

Locations: Glasgow

Sectors: Patents, Engineering

Are you looking for a career with a difference?

HGF is a leading intellectual property firm in Europe and due to successful growth we now have an opportunity for an Engineering or Physics graduate to join us as a Trainee in our Engineering team in Glasgow.

If this is for you, then you are looking at getting into one of the smaller, expert professions, by working and training up over a period of about 4 – 5 years to become a dual qualified Chartered UK Patent Attorney and a European Patent Attorney.  You’ll need top-drawer academics and a high level of care and attention to detail.  You’ll be someone who can still quickly see the wood from the trees, despite your interest and focus on the detailed stuff.  You’ll also need to be a bit of an all-rounder; happy and interested to apply your intellect to whatever business-related challenges crop up.  You may also share our view that soft skills are hugely important.    

The Vacancy

The opportunity is in our Glasgow office, assisting a couple of our experienced attorneys; also other members of the team in our Edinburgh office, as might be needed.  You may be called on to travel to our other offices from time to time, whether for meetings or work.  The role is demanding of intellect and effort and will require consistent application and some significant commitment for self-study out of office hours.  By way of example, the role involves reading of documents, such as research papers and patent specifications, and then briefing others as to their technical content and being able to respond to technical questions.  Technical writing is a large element of what will be needed as we have much original drafting work to get through.  HGF provides a mentor and full support for those training for professional exams.

Find out more about what it is like to begin a new career at HGF by visiting the IP 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, private healthcare and 25 days holiday plus a holiday purchase scheme.

More specifically…

The person we are looking for needs to:

  • have at least a 2:1 in an engineering or physics discipline;
  • have excellent written and oral communication skills in the English language
  • be socially confident and flexible in attitude and approach
  • be able to operate in an intellectually demanding and sometimes pressured environment
  • be a team player

About HGF

HGF is one of the largest specialist intellectual property (IP) firms in the UK. It 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 mainland 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 of their clients are household names and the work HGF do allows their 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. Find out more about what it is like to begin a career as a trainee Patent Attorney at HGF by visiting the IP Careers trainee profile for HGF on their website


HGF’s Glasgow office is at 50 West Nile Street, Glasgow, G1 2NP.

 To apply

Please email your CV (including subjects and results for Highers/A Levels or equivalent) with a letter explaining why you want to become a Patent Attorney to providing reference GlasEng08/17

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