“Unlike a lot of my contemporaries, I was not informed about the patent profession while I studied my undergraduate degree at university. I stumbled across the profession while working as a postdoctoral research associate. I ended up speaking to a careers advisor who gave me a lot of information about the profession. It was at this point that I realised that I wanted to re-train as a patent attorney. The prospect of doing a job that would enable me to put my knowledge and understanding of science to good use, while helping scientists acquire legal protection for their inventions, was very appealing to me.
Initially, I struggled to get into the profession because it is extremely competitive. So, in order to boost my chances of success, I took a risk by funding and studying an MSc in intellectual property. After completing the MSc, I was offered a position as a trainee patent attorney in a private practice patent and trade mark firm, and I haven’t looked back ever since.
I enjoy the job because it involves working on cutting edge scientific inventions. More importantly, however, I find working as a patent attorney extremely rewarding because a large part of it involves using my knowledge of science, and the legal skills that I acquired as a trainee, to solve a variety of legal problems.”
Patent Attorney / Venner Shipley / London