Date Posted: May 2023

We have a unique opportunity for an entrepreneurial trade mark attorney to join our team and lead our trade mark group.

The role could be based in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Manchester, and provides the opportunity for an independently minded leader to break new ground and be a strategic part of our company’s growth.


Scintilla is a UK and European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney firm. We guide innovative companies with strategic input and IP registration services so that their intellectual property 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 trade mark portfolio has been growing, and this in combination with our focus on holistic intellectual property services means we have an opportunity for a trade mark attorney to join the team and grow the brand protection side of the firm.

Having been established in Glasgow for over a decade, we have recently opened a new office in Manchester. The role could be based in either office (or in Edinburgh with some time spent in Glasgow) and will support our client base in both locations and beyond.

This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial trade mark attorney to establish and grow a trade mark practice. We are looking for someone with a flair for business development and excellent communication and relationship management skills, as well as having a proven track record of providing strategic commercial IP advice.

Our Culture

We believe in delivering top quality professional IP services for our clients. We have a purpose driven ethos, with the mission of “empowering innovation” and finding fulfilment in growing all of profit, people and the planet. We are determined and resourceful, while remaining authentically ourselves, open-minded, friendly and approachable.

Our values are expressed through our support of the “IP Inclusive” network, our corporate sponsorships of the trade organisation Technology Scotland and the Filament Smart Things Accelerator Centre startup incubator, and in our support of local charities.

We have also been recognised in our industry, being recommended in the prestigious IAM listings of the top 1000 patent professionals and as IP Stars in the Managing IP rankings.

The Role

The role will involve advising clients on trade mark matters, including:

  • Advising clients on brand ideation and clearance searching worldwide.
  • Creation and management of global trade mark portfolios.
  • Oppositions and infringement issues.
  • Online brand enforcement and other contentious matters.
  • Due diligence and preparation of investor information packs.

Experience with registered design matters would be advantageous, but not essential.

Furthermore, you will have a key business development responsibility and will have an opportunity to grow a key part of the firm’s business.  This will involve:

  • Attending networking events and conferences, including local business events and conferences including the INTA Annual Meeting and similar.
  • Providing educational seminars and presentations on branding, intellectual property and innovation.
  • Building relationships with existing clients and new contacts.
  • Growing and developing your network of international colleagues to develop incoming and outgoing international work.
  • Managing and mentoring trainee trade mark attorneys and professional service colleagues.

Training Provided

We will provide support for your continuing professional development, and for your own personal development and objectives as appropriate.

Qualifications and Skillset Required

Candidates should be a UK registered trade mark attorney.  Post-qualification experience will be an advantage although not essential.

Skills Required

This opportunity has an emphasis on business development.  Therefore, empathy, listening skills and the ability to build professional relationships are key skills.

We also encourage creativity and problem solving, and you will have opportunities to contribute to business strategy.

Practical Details

The role is envisaged as being full time and based in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Manchester.

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.

We also support working from home although some form of regular attendance at the relevant office will be essential for this role.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive salary, reviewed annually.
  • Participation in bonus scheme.
  • 25 days annual leave entitlement, plus Scottish or English public holidays (9 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 Peter McBride at

Interviews will be conducted in person in Glasgow or Manchester, although we can accommodate video interviews upon request.