Looking for a safe option where you can get the necessary support and guidance needed in order to qualify? This role with a medium sized firm could be the one for you. They understand that everyone has preferences when it comes to the ways in which they learn and they listen to each of their trainees to make sure they are happy with their current and ongoing support and development. You will be given the freedom to progress at your own pace, with no expectation to meet clients in the first week or pressure to take part in business development activities early on. Although if you are a fast learner and want to hit the ground running then they have the infrastructure to support this as well.
Join a modern firm who will offer you the opportunity to really get involved with all aspects of your clients’ IP – whether you’re helping brainstorm ways in which to reach a fully formed idea, advising on which markets would be viable for launch, researching third party inventions and accounting for any impact they may have, and ensuring the portfolio reaches its full commercial portfolio including any licensing opportunities. You will be mostly dealing with direct client work in the UK and Europe, with some reach into the US and Asia, as well as working with foreign associates on a range of interesting technologies originating from countries all over the world.
Get some hands-on training with regular client visits, rather than just being hidden away behind a desk. This firm really believes in experiential learning and introduces all of their trainees to clients so that they can be used as an additional point of contact throughout the development and ongoing protection of their IP portfolio. The team is small enough that you will benefit from one-on-one training and an open and honest conversation about how your career is developing, but with the client base and broad technical mix that comes as a result of working for a firm with a long standing and fantastic reputation. There’s also the option for flexible working once you’re settled and confident in your abilities (which shouldn’t be too long given their excellent training scheme).
If you’re looking for a role where you can really get close to the technology then this could be the one for you. Part of your role will be travelling to and working alongside your clients in order to fully understand the thought process that goes behind the development of their inventions. You will be looked to as a trusted advisor in the finetuning of their portfolio and be used as a sounding board in building on their IP in order to fully take advantage of its commercial potential. Involvement in management level decisions will also be possible and the opportunity to train and supervise your own team. The firm infrastructure will allow for you to also gain exposure to other technical areas through cross departmental and collaborative working schemes.