The UK Intellectual Property profession, comprising of patent and trade mark attorneys, requires a steady influx of talented, bright and articulate graduates to enter the profession each year. Demand remains highest for those with electronic engineering, physics, computer science and engineering degrees, as there is no slowing down for the protection of IP in 'high tech' industries.
An undergraduate degree in a hard science or engineering subject is an essential prerequisite to training as a patent attorney, due to the technical and scientific knowledge required to understand often complex subject matter as part of the job. Honours degrees in subjects including physics, electronic engineering, mechanical engineering, chemistry, and biological sciences are sound choices. For life sciences and chemistry-biased roles in the profession, a PhD is often required as well.