HGF Vacancy

Trainee Patent Attorney – Chemistry – Manchester


Job ref: Trainee/Chem/Manchester

Job Type: Trainee
Sectors: Chemistry

The Position

We are looking for an enthusiastic Trainee Patent Attorney candidate to join our Chemistry and Pharmaceuticals team in Manchester, commencing in Autumn/Winter 2024.

Patent attorneys operate in an intellectually demanding and technically rigorous field, offering a fascinating spectrum of work, as well as a stimulating and structured career path. The role requires a unique combination of science, law and business skills to assist a diverse range of clients in protecting their innovations and navigating the rights of others. Whilst the training process is a challenging one, on the job support will be provided at each step. This includes access to your own training budget, an internal tutorial program, and our in house Learning and Development platform, as well as the ability to work with qualified attorneys who have a deep understanding of how to achieve success.

About You
  • A demonstrable passion for a career in intellectual property!
  • A degree in chemistry or a chemistry-based discipline. Degrees in related subjects (e.g., pharmacy, materials science, etc.) will be considered if, for example, you possess broad technical experience or have had exposure to an area of chemistry through a further degree (e.g., an MSc or PhD)
  • Experience in a professional working environment would be beneficial
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • A team player who is comfortable working on independent tasks
  • Ability to digest and act upon constructive feedback
  • Attitude and aptitude to want to develop your skill set
  • Personable individual with a client focused mentality
  • Awareness and appreciation of commercial impact of IP
  • Motivation to study effectively for exams in your own time.
About HGF

HGF Limited is one of Europe’s largest intellectual property specialist firms and offers a fully integrated IP solution, bringing together over 200 Patent Attorneys, Trade Mark Attorneys and IP Solicitors to provide a full-service IP solution.

With 25 offices across the UK, Ireland, Germany, Netherlands, France, Switzerland & Austria, 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 our clients are household names and the work HGF does allows them to protect and exploit their inventions, new products and branding.

HGF has one of the largest and most experienced teams of chemistry and pharmaceutical patent attorneys in Europe. We have over 45 chemistry-focused patent professionals, and collectively we have a diverse blend of high-standard degrees and doctorates in specialist areas. Many of our attorneys also have extensive in-house experience acquired whilst working for large multi-national companies.

We act for a global client base and cover the full spectrum of chemical technologies, including pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals, food science, cosmetics, household products, materials/metallurgy, petrochemicals, catalysis, polymer chemistry, electrochemistry, printing technologies and physical chemistry.

Why move to HGF?
  • Fully supported attorney training program with access to internal and external courses, tutorials and more
  • HGF takes a transparent and merit-based approach to your career development and you will have the opportunity to shape your long-term progression
  • We are a firm with a focus on DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion), with a staff led DEI Focus Group and a DEI Board sponsor
  • As a business we have a dedicated Learning and Development team and a digital learning platform for all staff to use
  • A competitive salary and benefits package along with a flexible working policy.
To Apply:

HGF is committed to promoting an equal, diverse and inclusive environment and welcomes applications from all candidates with relevant skills for the role.

If the above sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply by sending your CV and a covering letter (please send as a single document) which outlines in no more than 500 words why you would like to pursue a career as a Patent Attorney to: [email protected].

The closing date for applications is: Friday, 26th July 2024.



You would like to contribute your professional experience to an expanding law firm? Then we would be pleased to receive your application. Please apply by sending your CV to: [email protected]

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