Life of an experienced hire

Interested to hear first-hand what it’s like to join GJE as an experienced hire? Ian Jones, Technical Assistant, Chemistry and Life Sciences reveals why he chose GJE.

Having worked in the industry, I was well aware of the reputation of GJE not only as a top-tier IP firm, but also as a great place to work. With some of the leading names in European patent prosecution and opposition, to me GJE was the clear choice to continue my development as a patent attorney.

Even before starting I had a great impression of how GJE operated and its commitment to both its clients and members of staff. I was made to feel very welcome by the firm, and in particular by the members of the Chemistry and Life Science team, during my introductory meetings.

Right now, I’m working with clients from small start-ups and university spin-outs to multinational corporations, covering everything from new chemical entities to medical devices to personal and home care products to industrial chemicals. The work is varied; one day I will be drafting a new application, the next undertaking due diligence on a client’s prospective portfolio. The best thing is I have the opportunity to work on what interests me from all the firm has to offer. I have only to ask!

The work does also extend beyond that of a traditional patent attorney. A couple of months in and I had joined the pharmaceutical focused business development team. I was part of a consortium travelling in Europe, helping SMEs develop value chains as part of an initiative under the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 framework. I certainly don’t feel tied to my desk at GJE.

I enjoy the direct interaction with clients that GJE offers. For me, helping people capitalise on their IP pipeline and deliver innovative products to market creates huge job satisfaction. Of course, it helps to have a supportive team behind you to bounce ideas off, which my colleagues are quick to form.

I found what I was looking for at GJE. Perhaps you will too.