IPO Ref 303 - B2 Associate Patent Examiner (10 posts, plus reserves)

Intellectual Property Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 18th May 2021

 

Reference number

105570

Salary

£29,894
(inclusive of allowance)

Grade

Executive Officer
B2

Contract type

Permanent

Business area

IPO - Patents Directorate

Type of role

Analytical
Engineering
Information Technology
Legal Services
Science
Other

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Part-time

Number of posts

10

Location

Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8QQ

About the job

Summary

The closing date for this advert has been extended. Submitted applications will be considered by the panel. If you have already applied for this role, please do not submit a new application.

The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is an inclusive employer where diversity is respected, and differences valued. To understand more about the diversity culture of our organisation please visit our homepage on Vercida: link

Patent examining offers an exciting and unusual opportunity to combine scientific and technical expertise with legal skills. Successful candidates will receive comprehensive training and mentoring support to develop the legal skills required for the role. Patent Examiners combine these skills together with their technical knowledge and analytical ability to establish if an invention is new and inventive and whether, or not, the application satisfies various other legal requirements.

Successful applicants will be appointed as ‘Associate Patent Examiners’. After 2-5 years understanding the basics of the examining job and developing a broad set of professional skills you can then apply for promotion to ‘Patent Examiner’. At this grade you work independently while continuing to develop your skills and experience. After a few more years of development there is non-competitive promotion to ‘Senior Patent Examiner’. Senior Patent Examiners are subject matter experts, leaders within the Patent Examining Division and provide mentoring support to the next generation of examiners.

Additional Information

This role will be carried out remotely due to current government restrictions, please note however that travel to the IPO office in Newport may be required.

You will be provided with the support and equipment you will need to be able to work from home.

Once government restrictions are lifted this role will be based at our Newport office.

Allowances

£3,030 allowance is included in the starting salary package which overall currently starts at £29,894.

In addition, a further £4,040 allowance is available for posts in telecommunications, bringing the starting salary package for these posts to £33,934.

Job description

In the first 6-7 weeks of the role, Associate Patent Examiners receive full time initial search and examination training as a cohort before working on live casework. The training consists of lectures, tutorials and activities where Associate Patent Examiners learn about all the stages involved in processing a patent application.

Once the formal training period has ended, Associate Patent Examiners move to join a group of Patent Examiner colleagues where they will continue to develop their skills and build their confidence to carry out the role:

• Search and examine patent applications against the relevant criteria, using best practice and knowledge of the Act rules, procedures and case law to bring casework to a successful conclusion (grant or refusal).
• Communicate legally and technically complex concepts in writing and orally to internal and external audiences.
• Build experience in specialist technical areas, but also a wider flexibility in dealing with a variety of subject matter.
• Use search classification, reporting and viewing tools.
• Manage, balance and prioritise workloads to work to agreed quality and productivity goals.
• Respectful of the business need to change and willing to explore continuous improvement and new ways of working.
• Take responsibility for own development by acting on feedback, keeping professional and technical skills up to date and developing wider behaviours, where appropriate.

We are looking for people who have specific knowledge in one of the following scientific fields:
• Chemistry,
• Biotechnology,
• Any type of engineering,
• Computer Science,
• Physics,
• Mathematics.

We have particular skills gaps in the following specific scientific fields and anticipate offering more roles to candidates with knowledge in these fields:
• Telecommunications Engineering,
• Electrical and Electronic Engineering,
• Chemistry,
• Medical Physics.

This can be demonstrated by holding, or being on track to hold, at least a 2:2 degree in any of the listed subjects, OR, having equivalent industrial experience in a relevant technical field (5 years or more working in a STEM role where you have had the opportunity to learn, apply and embed technical knowledge in your specialist field).

Please note: equivalent experience does not need to be demonstrated to be over a consecutive period of time. We welcome applications from people returning to STEM after a career break or those looking for a change of career.

GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics is also required.

We are looking for self-starters who tackle their work with enthusiasm and dedication. It is vital successful candidates will be team players and capable of seeing other people’s views. They will also be able to work independently and accept responsibility for their own actions and performance in meeting their personal work goals and business targets whilst always keeping the customer in mind.

Responsibilities

Please refer to job description

Qualifications

This can be demonstrated by holding, or being on track to hold, at least a 2:2 degree in any of the listed subjects, OR, having equivalent industrial experience in a relevant technical field (5 years or more working in a STEM role where you have had the opportunity to learn, apply and embed technical knowledge in your specialist field).

Please note: equivalent experience does not need to be demonstrated to be over a consecutive period of time. We welcome applications from people returning to STEM after a career break or those looking for a change of career.

GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics is also required.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Please detail what you have learnt and how you have applied and embedded the outlined technical knowledge.
  • Understand and evaluate scientific and technical information and make decisions and reach conclusions quickly and accurately.

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Please detail what you have learnt and how you have applied and embedded the outlined technical knowledge.

Benefits

Benefits of working with us:
• A flexible working scheme which has no core hours and excellent opportunities for home, part-time and term-time working;
• A very generous pension scheme, with low employee contributions;
• Eligibility for special and office-wide bonus payments;
• Excellent development opportunities;
• Opportunities for secondments, both internal and external;
• Opportunities to join many civil-service clubs such as the Sports and Social Association, Motoring Club (CSMA), which provide numerous discounts to members

When working at Concept House, Newport the following benefits are also available:
• A limited number of free car parking spaces are available on site;
• Use of facilities that we share with ONS. These include an on-site gymnasium, shop, restaurant, coffee shop, cash point and hairdressers.

Please note benefits may be subject to change.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Candidates to note: In order to capture your employment history and qualification details, please complete the employment history box and qualification section under the 'Your CV' section of the online application form.

Candidates to note: GCSE grade C or above (or equivalent) in Mathematics is required.

All communications will be electronic therefore it is vitally important that you check your Civil Service Jobs account regularly, as well as your spam/junk email folder

How to apply
This recruitment will take the following format.

1. The successful completion of the following online tests:

• Civil Service Judgement Test (CSJT)*
• Civil Service Verbal Test (CSVT)
• Civil Service Work Strengths Test (CSWST)

*to note: all listed behaviours will be assessed during the Civil Service Judgement Test.

The above tests will need to be completed and passed before your application will be seen by the panel.

There are no set time limits for the completion of the tests. Please ensure you complete the tests with enough time to fully complete and submit your application before the closing date

Before starting the tests please note the following:
• There is no time limit on tests, so candidates can take as long as they need, although there is a timeout after 25 minutes of inactivity.

And ensure that:
• Your internet access is suitable for large downloads.
• You do not leave taking your tests to the last minute, as further actions are required after the tests.
• You contact us if you have any special requirements before you take the tests.
• You read the test instructions fully before commencing the tests.

Please contact us (AdminVacancies@ipo.gov.uk) if you have any special requirements before you take the tests.
This includes requesting adjustments for conditions such as specific learning needs (i.e. Dyslexia), visual impairments, hand/wrist conditions, Autistic spectrum conditions; mental health conditions, hearing impairments, and Epilepsy.
More information can be found here .

We would also highly recommend taking the practice test beforehand.


Applicants to note: The deadline for completing the tests is the same as the application deadline: 18/05/2021 at 23:55.

Please ensure you leave yourself enough time to fill out the application after completing the tests.

2. An initial sift to create a shortlist.
This will be based on the evidence you provide for the following Success Profile elements:

Experience
Please provide a 250 word personal statement, evidencing your experience of:

• Applying relevant STEM technical knowledge in practical situations or research.

Technical
It is essential for candidates to demonstrate their technical knowledge in one of the following scientific fields: Chemistry, Biotechnology, any type of engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Medical Physics, Mathematics.

This can be demonstrated by holding, or being on track to hold, at least a 2:2 degree in any of the listed subjects, OR, having equivalent industrial experience in a relevant technical field (5 years or more working in a STEM role where you have had the opportunity to learn, apply and embed technical knowledge in your specialist field).

When providing evidence of your technical knowledge in your specialist field, please detail what you have learnt and how you have applied and embedded this technical knowledge.

Candidates to note: A pre-sift will be carried out by the Recruitment Team to ensure the complete application has been submitted.
PLEASE NOTE: Only complete applications will be seen by the panel.

3. Selection interviews stage.
If invited to interview, you will be assessed on the following Success Profile elements, along with Strength based questioning:

Ability
A drafting assessment activity will be used at interview to assess the candidate’s ability to evaluate written technical information and present clear and concise written decisions.

Technical
Understand and evaluate scientific and technical information and make decisions and reach conclusions quickly and accurately.

Please note: Further information regarding the interview, practical exercise and assessment will be provided in the invite to interview text.

IMPORTANT: Please note CV’s sent direct to the IPO will not be accepted.

Written feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

If you require job-specific information, please contact IPO Recruitment Team.
E-mail: AdminVacancies@ipo.gov.uk

Recruitment Timeline;
Information on this campaigns processing timeline can be found on the attached Candidate Communications Timeline document.

This post is being advertised to Internal, across Government and external candidates at the same time.

Incomplete and/or late submissions will not be accepted or considered.

Should you have any queries or require any assistance in this matter, please contact the HR Recruitment team at adminvacancies@ipo.gov.uk prior to the closing of the post.

Candidates to Note
Any move to the Intellectual Property Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk/

From 8 June 2020, The Intellectual Property Office is to provide a Fair Processing Notice to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview.

As one aspect of pre-employment screening, personal details (name, National Insurance Number and date of birth) will be checked against the Civil Service Resourcing Extract Internal Fraud database. Anyone included on the Internal Fraud Database will be refused employment unless they can demonstrate exceptional circumstances.

The Intellectual Property Office will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the Internal Fraud database.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Terms & Conditions:
Please note that IPO has updated its terms and conditions of employment as part of Civil Service Reform. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure they are aware of the Terms and Conditions they will adopt should they be successful on application.

Please see the attached Terms and Conditions document.

Voluntary Moves: If your pay (excluding allowances) is above the IPO maximum for the grade it will be capped at the IPO maximum for the grade when you transfer.

OGD loan or permanent transfers: Please note that due to the childcare changes introduced by HMRC in October 2018, employees going on loan/transferring to another government department that were in receipt of childcare vouchers in their previous department will not be able to continue receiving these post transfer.
For more information on the childcare schemes offered by IPO, please contact HRandPayrollTeam@ipo.gov.uk

If moving internally on lateral transfer you will remain on your current base salary. Please note: All allowances are specific of individual roles and may not be transferable.

Diversity Statement
The IPO is an inclusive employer where diversity is respected and differences valued. Our positive approach to diversity allows us to select the most suitable applicants free from bias on factors such as age, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, ethnicity or religion.

If you require an adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, then please let the recruitment team know via ; adminvacancies@ipo.gov.uk.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with (or eligible for) status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  IPO Recruitment Team
Email :  AdminVacancies@ipo.gov.uk
 
Recruitment team :
Email :  AdminVacancies@ipo.gov.uk

Further information

The Civil Service recruits by merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. Complaints Procedure: If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, please contact; Paula Brooks, Intellectual Property Office, Concept House, Cardiff Road, Newport, NP10 8QQ. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/civil-service-recruitment/complaints/

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