Join Laine IP’s US Team as a U.S. Patent Agent Trainee

Are you a U.S. citizen residing in Finland with a technical degree? Laine IP invites you to apply for a U.S. Patent Agent Trainee position in our dynamic US Team.


Established in 1979, Laine IP is a premier full-service intellectual property (IP) boutique firm with offices in Helsinki, Tampere, and Turku. Our diverse clientele spans from innovative startups and global corporations to esteemed educational institutions.

Uniquely, U.S. citizens may qualify for and practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) while residing outside the U.S. Thus, in 2010, Laine IP established its own internal U.S Team at Laine IP with the mission of delivering high quality U.S. IP services to the firm’s clients from Finland. The US Team has been continuously operating since and recently achieved a milestone by securing its 500th U.S. Patent on behalf of the firm’s clients.

You are the person we are looking for, if:

  • You are a U.S. Citizen and already reside in Finland;
  • You have (or will have) a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree in computer science; electrical, mechanical, or other engineering; or in natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology);
  • Possess key traits, such as meticulous attention to detail, rapid learning capabilities, robust intellectual curiosity, and excellent verbal and written communication skills; and
  • Adapt well to feedback, and enjoy intellectual challenges, as well as learning on a daily basis.

The U.S. Patent Agent Trainee position is a paid position during which you will have the opportunity to learn the profession via independent work, self-study, and tutoring. No prior experience in intellectual property is required. However, you should have a degree in engineering or natural sciences, or be on track to completing one in the near future. Fluency in English is required. Fluency in Finnish is advantageous, though not mandatory.

Your Role and Growth Opportunities:

This position provides a great opportunity to embark on a new and unique career where you will regularly work in close co-operation with some of the world’s most innovative companies to protect their inventions. In addition, as a U.S. Patent Agent Trainee, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of the U.S. Patent system by assisting in the preparation of U.S. patent applications, by assisting in the drafting of responses to Office Actions issued by the USPTO, and by filing relevant documents. Further, you will prepare for the USPTO qualifying examination to become a registered U.S. Patent Agent.

Mentorship and Professional Development:

At Laine IP, you will receive invaluable guidance from two accomplished U.S. practitioners: Mark Scott, a seasoned U.S. attorney with over two decades of experience, and Toimi Teelahti, a licensed practitioner with the U.S., Finnish, and European Patent Offices. This position offers an exceptional pathway for personal and professional growth.

If this opportunity resonates with you, please send your CV and a cover letter to Mark Scott, our U.S. Team Lead, at, or call Mark Scott at +358 50 409 1218.

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