Date Posted: June 2024

Scintilla is a UK and European Patent Attorney firm. We put innovators in control of their destiny by organising, optimising and monetising their intellectual property. Our unique commercial approach combines registration of patents and trade marks with strategic input so that IP can be a springboard for business growth.

We work with a diverse range of clients, from startups through to large global corporations and in a wide range of business and technology sectors.

Our culture is to be: Down to Earth, Authentic, Compassionate, Visionary and Resolute.

Our values are expressed in our commitments and accolades:

  • Diversity and inclusion: we are members of the IP Inclusive network which supports and promotes equality, diversity and inclusion in the IP professions, and we support various charities including local homelessness and refugee charities.
  • The innovation community: we are committed to our local community of innovators, as seen in our links and active participation with various startup organisations and our corporate sponsorship of the trade organisation Technology Scotland, the Filament Smart Things Accelerator Centre startup incubator, the Greenbackers cleantech investment platform and the ABC Women in Cyber & Tech group.
  • Industry Recognition: we are proud to have been recommended in the prestigious IAM listings of the top 1000 patent professionals, and in the IP Stars ranking of Managing IP.

Our work includes various matters in the fields of patents, trade marks, registered designs and in general innovation advisory services. We get closely involved with our clients’ businesses to help them make commercially savvy IP decisions that deliver real value.

There is also a strong international focus to our work, through working relationships with attorneys in other countries and direct client work across multiple time zones.

Our Manchester office opened its doors in 2023 and growth of the office now means we have a vacancy for a patent  paralegal to help consolidate on our investment in this vibrant region.

As part of Scintilla, you will have the opportunity to make a real contribution to the business whilst undergoing your own professional training and development.

The Role

Fundamentally, the role is wide-ranging and varied compared with that of larger firms. It includes the key activities listed below but because we are an entrepreneurial firm there are many opportunities to contribute to other business areas.

Success requires someone with a proactive attitude who takes pride in their work, has excellent attention to detail and can form effective relationships with clients and colleagues.

Key Activities

The main aspect of the role is that of a patent paralegal, providing support for the patent attorney team in the Manchester office and across the wider company as needed.  The role will also involve acting as a PA to our Director, IP Strategy.

Examples of the types of activities involved in the role are:

  • Preparing IP applications for filing (new patent, trade mark and design applications).
  • Reporting procedural events for IP applications, such as reporting publications, search and examination reports, issue notifications, etc.
  • Organise foreign filings, including gathering quotations from foreign agents and administering the filings including gathering document signatures.
  • Validation of European Patents
  • Recording of IP assignments and transfers.
  • IP renewals, including managing the relationship with third party renewals providers and liaising with clients.
  • Informing clients of case status
  • Docketing and monitoring of deadlines.
  • Participating in deadline cross-checking systems.
  • Checking internal operations manuals and work procedures.
  • Management of shared email mailboxes.
  • Coordination of quality management system.
  • The personal assistant aspect of the role may include:
    • Coordinating and scheduling appointments for the Director of IP Strategy, including organising meetings, and events, ensuring that the Director of IP Strategy’s time is managed efficiently.
    • Supporting the Director of IP Strategy to plan and book travel itineraries, including flights, accommodation, and transportation.
    • Supporting the  Director of IP Strategy to keep track of important dates and deadlines, providing reminders to ensure they  stay on top  of their various internal and external commitments.

As we are a small team there is also plenty of scope to be involved in other roles and to develop your career in different directions as the firm grows.

Experience and Training

We are looking for someone who holds the CIPA certificate in patent administration and/or the European Patent Administrator Certificate (EPAC).

However, we will also consider applications from those who do not yet have the qualification if they can demonstrate they have the right skill set and have some relevant experience in the field of intellectual property. In that case, we will provide support and training to obtain the CIPA and EPAC qualifications.

Practical Details

The role is envisaged as being full time and based at our offices in central Manchester, though we do support hybrid arrangements so can accommodate regular working from home if desired.

Working hours would normally be 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, although we support flexible working patterns and would favourably consider requests for alternative arrangements.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary, reviewed annually.
  • 25 days annual leave entitlement, plus English public holidays (8 in total).
  • Company pension scheme, with employer contribution up to 5% and including the option for salary sacrifice, with 100% of employer NIC savings being rebated to the employee.
  • Life assurance policy.
  • Private health care scheme.
  • Cycle to work scheme.


Send your CV in confidence to Suzanne Oliver at We will conduct interviews in-person at our Manchester office, but can use videoconferencing in case that is not possible.

Contact Details

Suzanne Oliver
11 York Street
M2 2AW
Tel: +44 (0)161 883 7686