Law

Trade mark attorney

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

Annual Salary

£20,000 to £100,000

Average UK salary in 2018 was £29,588 (source Office for Statistics)

Working hours

37 to 40

5%
Future employment

There will be 5% more Trade mark attorney jobs in 2024.
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What's it all about?

You’ll advise clients on how to choose, register, and protect trade marks, like company names, brand names, and logos. 

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

University

You'll usually need an upper second class degree or higher, or postgraduate qualification, to apply for a training place with a company. Most subjects are acceptable, though law, science, engineering or languages may give you an advantage.

You'll start as a trainee with a private practice firm of trade mark attorneys, or a large company with an in-house intellectual property department, and study for professional exams. You'll also need 2 years' work experience to qualify.

You'll usually need:

  • 2 to 3 A levels for a degree
  • a degree in any subject for a postgraduate course

Other Routes

You may be able to work your way up from a trade mark administrator or paralegal role.

To do this, you'll need a good level of general education including GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C) in English and maths. You'll also need around 5 years' experience before you can apply for professional training to qualify as a trade mark attorney.

You can apply for professional training with a firm to become a trade mark attorney, if you're a qualified solicitor or barrister.

£20,000 to £100,000

Starter salary: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced salary: £40,000 to £60,000

These figures are a guide.

37 to 40

You’ll usually work standard office hours, Monday to Friday. You might have to work extra hours to meet deadlines. 

You’ll be office-based, but you may travel to meetings with clients and trade mark officials, and sometimes overseas.

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

You can register with the Intellectual Property Regulation Board

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

Skills required and how your skills match up

What skills are required?

You’ll need:

  • excellent spoken and written communication skills
  • analytical skills
  • negotiation and teamwork skills
  • a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
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