Patent Examiner Vacancies at the Intellectual Property Office

Patent Examiner Vacancies at the IPO

The Intellectual Property Office is recruiting 50 patent examiners to start in September 2015.


Role of a patent examiner

Patent examiners help companies to innovate and grow by granting high quality, valid patents. Patent examiners look at both the technical and legal aspects of a patent application. They compare the new invention against those found in patent databases to decide whether to grand a patent.


Skills required

We are seeking people with highly developed analytical and critical skills and the communication skills necessary to express complex technical and legal arguments. You will also need strong oral communication skills to communicate effectively with colleagues and customers. We need candidates who are self-motivated and willing to take responsibility for their own decisions.


Area of expertise

Patent examiners salaries currently start at £26,779 including a £3,000 recruitment and retention allowance. This year we are also offering a further £4,000 allowance for relevant experience in telecommunications. We welcome applications from people who have obtained or are expected to achieve at least a 2:2 degree in:

  • telecoms
  • engineering
  • physics
  • computer science
  • mathematics
  • or candidates with equal industry experience

How to apply

Full details of the role and how to apply are available on the the Civil Service jobs website.

The closing date for applications is 30 November 2014.

For more information please email


From:Intellectual Property Office

First published:14 October 2014

Part of:Business and enterprise