Trainee Patent Attorney (Electrical)

Trainee Patent Attorney (Electrical)

Central London


About Us

AA Thornton is a thriving and progressive firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys with offices in Central London. We are ranked by Legal 500 as one of the very best patent practices in the UK. We pride ourselves on our high standards of professional service and our focus on each client’s particular business needs. We also have very positive working relationships throughout the firm.

We now have an exciting opportunity for a graduate to join our Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Telecoms & IT  Patent department and train with us for a career as a UK and European Patent Attorney.


Duties as a trainee will include:

  • Working with a Partner and other attorneys in the firm’s Patent Department and providing them with technical support in relation to inventions.
  • Reading and critically analysing technical documents, such as published patent specifications and inventor reports on new inventions.
  • Summarising, either verbally or in writing, critical analysis undertaken in respect of technical documents and, on the basis of this analysis, formulating arguments with an attorney for responding to objections to patentability raised by a Patent Office or third party or for attacking the patentability of a third party’s invention.

The Person/Qualifications

Successful candidates will have a background in computer science, computer systems or communication technologies, electrical/electronic engineering or physics. Practical engineering experience will be recognised. Experience within the patent profession is desirable, but not essential; many of our attorneys joined us straight from university.

The key qualities we are seeking from a trainee are:

  • An ability to analyse and accurately summarise technical documents
  • Excellent communication skills – verbal and written
  • The ability to work on one’s own as well as part of a team
  • An appetite for working hard and being an integral part of a highly-qualified team
  • Well organised and reliable
  • A commitment to professional and career development

In order to deliver a focussed client service, it is important that the individuals we employ are dynamic, pro-active and confident in contributing ideas, creating solutions and seeing them through.  If you have the qualities we are looking for then we want you to join our busy Patent department.

What will you find at AA Thornton?

The successful trainee will be assigned to a qualified Patent Attorney who will supervise all aspects of training.  Trainees receive a broad range of work, which encompasses a variety of technical areas and clients, providing a challenging and intellectually-stimulating career.  The firm actively encourages trainees to take advantage of our in-house training and external courses and lectures, and trainees are supported to qualify as both a Chartered UK Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.

We have an excellent working environment in our new offices at 10 Old Bailey in central London. We are committed to recruiting the very best talent and providing training to nurture that talent. At A. A. Thornton & Co. it is our people that make the difference.  Visit our website at, to find out what our clients our saying about us and meet our team of attorneys.

Please email with your CV and a covering letter to Karen Genuardi.