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Trade mark attorney

Trade mark attorneys advise clients about registering and protecting designs and trade marks.

Potential salary

£20,000 to £100,000

Employment by 2024


Working hours

37 to 39 a week

  • legal knowledge including court procedures and government regulations
  • knowledge of English language
  • excellent verbal communication skills
  • active listening skills
  • analytical thinking skills
  • the ability to read English
  • to be thorough and pay attention to detail
  • the ability to think clearly using logic and reasoning
  • customer service skills
  • to be able to use a computer and the main software packages confidently

Your day-to-day duties could include:

  • carrying out searches to see if a proposed trade mark already exists
  • advising on intellectual property issues like design and copyright
  • drawing up contracts
  • dealing with UK and overseas registration authorities
  • negotiating in disputes, and taking action if the client's trade mark rights are broken
  • providing back-up to solicitors and barristers if a case goes to court
  • handling renewals of existing trade marks, transferring ownership and licensing

You could work in a court, in an office or at a client's business.

With experience, you could move into senior management, or partnership in a firm.

You'll find more advice about training to become a trade mark attorney from The Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

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