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Intellectual Property Office

Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is the official UK government body responsible for intellectual property (IP) rights including patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.

We operate and maintain a clear and accessible intellectual property system in the UK, which encourages innovation and helps the economy and society to benefit from knowledge and ideas. We help people get the right type of protection for their creation or invention.

We are helping the UK to become the most innovative and creative country in the world by:

  • Delivering excellent IP services
  • Creating a world leading IP environment
  • Making the IPO a brilliant place to work

We’re responsible for:

  • IP policy
  • Educating businesses and consumers about IP rights and responsibilities
  • Supporting IP enforcement
  • Granting UK patents, trade marks and design rights


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Diversity and Inclusion

Whether it’s a visible characteristic, or a less obvious part of you; we are all different in some way. We each experience the world differently and have stories to tell about it. People’s uniqueness belongs in IPO. We want people to be confident in being themself in work and their differences in identity and thought respected. Not just because it is the right thing to do but because it will help IPO to be a more innovative organisation that is a Brilliant Place to Work.

For this to become a reality for all of our people, we need to create an environment where our people are confident being their whole self at work. A place they feel that they belong; an inclusive, open environment, where diversity is embraced and our differences valued.

Here at the IPO we want our behaviours to reflect a culture built on fairness and opportunity for all. Our principles for interacting with each other reinforce this and ask all our people to be respectful, reasonable, pragmatic, confident and accountable. We continue to articulate our culture, One-IPO, as one that highlights the very best of what we can be. This along with a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and harassment, is helping us to transformation our organisation for the future.

Read our Inclusion and Diversity report for 2019-2020 here.

Our people

IPO is committed to making this a great place to work, where staff are offered flexibility and development, where everyone’s contribution is recognised and diversity is genuinely valued.

 As an employer it is IPO policy to:

  • Promote a working environment free from discrimination, harassment and victimisation
  • Ensure that all decisions relating to employment practices are objective, free from bias, and based solely on work criteria and individual merit, with due account taken of an individual’s personal circumstances and the needs of the business
  • Ensure that disabled employees or job applicants are not placed at a substantial disadvantage by a working practice or policy and to make reasonable adjustments when needed.



Brand Values

IP touches everything that makes modern life more enjoyable, easier, safer, and prosperous. Our work gives researchers, inventors and creators, whether as individuals or businesses the confidence to invest their time, energy and money in doing something new – making life better. At the IPO we want to be the best at what we do because IP matters.

Our values underpin all that we do to continuously improve the way we do things for our customers.

Delivering for our customers

Delivering IP services for our customers is central to the IPO. To be the best we will build on our strengths in rights granting and related services, and improve our digital services and data.

Innovating for success

An embedded culture of value for money, accountability and transparency.

Modern, innovative and sustainable systems, processes and ways of working.

Valuing our people

Well-led and engaged staff with the right skills, who live our values and work together to achieve our goals. We want a culture of One IPO. Being the best IP office for our customers requires the best people, shared values and behaviours, a respect for difference and a common purpose. We want healthy people working in a healthy environment. We will create a safe, inclusive atmosphere and environment for physical and mental wellbeing, whilst reducing our impact on the natural environment.

Benefits at Intellectual Property Office

List of all the benefits that Intellectual Property Office are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Our sustainability team work to keep our office green and lessen our impact on the environment
  • All our staff can take up to six paid volunteer days per year as part of corporate social responsibility
  • Chiropractors and massage therapy on site at a discounted rate
  • Eye-care Vouchers
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Childcare Vouchers
  • Discounts on Selected High Street Retailers
  • There is a gym, cashpoint, restaurant, coffee shop, shop and hairdressers available on the Newport site for staff use
  • Family friendly policies that support modern working families and individuals with caring responsibilities
  • A generous pension scheme, with low employee contributions
  • A flexible working scheme, and excellent opportunities for home, part-time and term-time working
  • Career Break
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Second Career Initiatives
  • Parent Network Groups
  • Dedicated support for Apprentices & Graduates
  • 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

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