Job title
Trainee Patent Attorney, Glasgow


We have an exciting opening for a new trainee patent attorney with a background in electronic engineering or related fields, based at our offices in central Glasgow.

Required Experience

Successful applicants will need to have a degree or higher qualification in electronic engineering or a related discipline such as physics. The role is suitable for brand new entrants to the profession, or to those who are part-qualified and have some existing experience. Applicants must also demonstrate the right to work in the UK.


We provide:

  • A competitive salary and company-wide bonus scheme which is based on a combination of collective and individual performance.
  • Holiday allowance of 25 days per calendar year, in addition to the public holidays which apply in Scotland.
  • A generous pension scheme, including the option to participate in salary sacrifice with our savings in employers’ national insurance also being added to your pension.
  • Child care voucher and cycle to work schemes.


We provide full support for gaining UK and European Patent Attorney qualifications. We will tailor a training plan to suit you.

As well as supporting you through professional examinations, you will be supported with internal training and on-the-job exposure to a variety of work from a diverse range of clients, so that you build up real world experience from day one.

About Us

Our working environment is friendly and informal and welcomes all. We emphasise teamwork and expect colleagues to collaborate, share information and help each other out.

We recognise the importance of having a good work-life balance, and believe work should fit around “life”, not the other way around!

We are celebrating Scintilla’s fifth anniversary, since being established in 2013. We have a recognised domain expertise in the fields of electronics and software and we also work in the fields of mechanical engineering, energy and renewables.

We provide patent drafting and prosecution services, and also advise our clients regarding trade marks, registered designs, copyright, trade secrets and various other IP rights. We provide advisory services relating to searching, freedom to operate analysis, and IP auditing.

Our clients include corporations, Universities, SMEs and startups, and we also have an active network of international colleagues who we collaborate with both sending and receiving work.

The work we do has an emphasis on direct client-facing work, with a particular emphasis on drafting and prosecuting patent applications.

The Role

This will be a permanent, full-time position though we are a flexible employer and welcome applications from those who require other arrangements.

You will be interacting directly with clients and inventors, and involved in delivering the full range of services that we provide to our clients. We make efforts to ensure you have exposure to a wide variety of work.

As we are a smaller firm, there are also many opportunities for you to pursue other interests and use your skills. We have plans to grow and develop the business and you will be actively encouraged to contribute towards these objectives.

Next Steps

If you would like to apply or simply just to find out more information, please contact us in strict confidence at or by telephoning Peter McBride on 0141 255 0295.

Click here to see the advert on Scintilla's website.

Posted date
July-August 2018
Peter McBride
Company Details
Scintilla The Centrum Building 38 Queen Street Glasgow G1 3DX
0141 255 0295
  • UK: Scotland