- 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.