Patents and Related Work
Patent work is intellectually demanding and varied. It can offer the opportunity to work directly with inventors acting as an interface between science and the law
The patent profession often appeals to those who wish to remain involved with cutting-edge science, but who are not attracted to a research role. A patent (pronounced ‘pat-tent’ not ‘pay-tent’) gives legal protection to a technical invention (product or process) for 20 years. The invention has to be novel and clearly defined. The inventor or, more commonly, their patent attorney describes the invention in the form of a patent application, which is examined for clarity and originality by the appropriate patent office before being granted a licence or patent. The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) is the professional and examining body for patent attorneys in the United Kingdom.
Intellectual property (IP) careers includes not only patent attorneys but also other roles such as IP solicitors, IP barristers and trade mark attorneys; you can explore the full range of IP roles by listening to the Summer of IP introductory events/talks (2023) run by IP Inclusive.