Published: 12 July, 2019

Dawn Ellmore Employment’s research reveals that UK intellectual property salaries are on the rise. The FT published listings of Europe’s top firms based on recommendations by clients and peers. 

A recent survey conducted by Dawn Ellmore Employment highlights substantial increases for sought-after patent attorneys, trade mark attorneys and IP solicitors, as well as management, technical and support staff at all levels. 

Dawn Ellmore Employment compiles a salary guide every year to give information on pay ranges and benefits across the industry, and this has become an indispensable career guide for those wanting to make their move into these industries or people looking to make their next career move. Covering patent, trade mark and solicitor roles from trainee to partner level, as well as a plethora of patent and trade mark support, business support and technical support roles, it gives a guide as to how much one could be expecting to earn in these positions this year.

“Every year, the team at Dawn Ellmore compiles a salary guide, packed with information on salary ranges and benefits across the UK,” says Dawn Ellmore, Director at Dawn Ellmore Employment. 

“We’re pleased to announce that qualified patent attorneys with up to four years’ experience are earning up to £9,000 more than in 2018, while those at partner and director level can also expect a significant increase. Partner level trade mark attorneys are on track to earn at least £3,500 more than last year, and qualified trade mark attorneys with up to four years’ experience are looking at an increase of around £5,000.

Another striking increase in the report is for intellectual property managers with between four and seven years’ experience. They could be earning as much as £7,000 more than the top level of the range in 2018.”

Salaries are increasing across the industry, including management and support staff as well as trainee, newly qualified and fully qualified patent attorneys and intellectual property solicitors. Key findings include: 

  • A trainee patent attorney can expect a salary between £27,000 – £35,000 in 2019, an increase from £26,000 – £34,000 in 2018 
  • A qualified trade mark attorney with between one and four years’ PQE will command a salary of up to £78,000 in 2019, increasing from the 2018 figure of £73,000 
  • A records/formalities manager can earn up to £90,000 in London, compared to an upper figure of £80,000 in 2018

The full report covers the salary ranges for patent and trade mark attorneys and support staff, IP solicitors, IP litigation and business support staff, as well as technical support staff, and shows the differences by region and level. 

The Dawn Ellmore Employment 2019 Salary Survey can be seen in full at