I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at university with the intention of following in my family’s footsteps and working in academia. However, by my final year, I knew that I was ready to leave the university bubble and I began looking into a number of ‘City’-type jobs. Luckily, some of the patent firms that I applied to responded and called me in for interview fairly quickly and I soon became enticed with the idea of working in an industry in which I could make use of my scientific background in a client-facing role.
What attracted you to GJE?
What initially attracted me to GJE was its top-tier status in the legal rankings and its fantastic location right in the heart of the City of London. However, it was the people that I met during the interview process that convinced me to accept my offer; everyone was more than willing to answer my questions about what to expect and I liked the fact that the firm took on a handful of new recruits every year so that you can support each other throughout your training.
What does your role involve?
Now, I have been working within the IT & Engineering team at GJE for almost four years and I still find the variation in technical subject matter that I come across every day interesting as it allows me to keep in touch with the latest technologies. Another aspect of the job that I find particularly rewarding is the relationships that you build with your clients, especially the start-up companies with whom you feel a part of their business right from the beginning.
What has been your most memorable project?
One of my favourite projects that I have been involved in is an EPO opposition that we defended on behalf of a large multi-national consumer goods client. It was inspiring to work closely with a partner who is renowned to be one of the best opposition lawyers in Europe over a period of many months, really getting to grips with the details of the case, and then to see all our efforts come together at an oral hearing against four opponents in Munich.
What would you advise to those starting out in IP?
My advice would be to be as well prepared as possible; there is a lot of competition for each trainee position and so it is essential to present an immaculate and considered written application. Once you get to the interview stage, it is important to show your enthusiasm for the profession by mentioning any past experiences you may have, for example, if you have attended any relevant talks or open days.