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Trade mark attorney

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

Salary, a pound sign Salary: £20,000 to £100,000 average per year
Hours, a clock face Hours: 37 to 40 per week

1. Entry requirements

You’ll usually need a degree in any subject, although law or languages could give you an advantage.

You’ll usually start as a trainee with an employer like a private practice firm with trade mark attorneys, or a large company with an in-house intellectual property department, and study for professional exams.

You could also start as a trade mark administrator and work your way up.

The Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys has more information on becoming a trade mark attorney.

2. Skills 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

3. What you'll do

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

4. Salary

Starter: £20,000 to £25,000

Experienced: £40,000 to £60,000

Highly Experienced: £100,000

These figures are a guide.

5. Working hours, patterns and environment

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.

6. Career path and progression

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

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Last updated: 08 December 2016