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.
The firm has put a lot of effort into restructuring their Biotechnology department with a redefined hierarchy ensuring that new starters will have the chance at career progression and that all team members have a say in the development and running of the practice. There’s a substantial amount of oppositions to get stuck in to, as well as the opportunity to become involved in the more strategic and commercially valuable side of your clients’ IP. Travel to conferences, speaking at events and participating in business development/marketing activities is encouraged, and there’s also plenty of firm organised social activities to attend.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, it’s really not a big deal if you move before qualification. In fact, a lot of firms are recruiting at this level and understand the logistics of hiring an attorney still in training (covering clawbacks etc.). This opportunity in particular is unique in the fact that you will enjoy the intimacy and inclusion of a smaller regional team, but with the support, work/technical mix and salary of a much larger multi office firm. There is a lot of investment in the local market and the firm works closely with research institutions, smaller inventors and SMEs in the area, as well as participating in local events focused on particular technologies and the IP (and wider legal) market.
This is a pure electronics role where you won’t be stuck with repetitive generalist work and can really get to grips with technology related to your degree. The team works with emerging innovators in the physics/telcos/software fields, finetuning their ideas and helping protect concepts before they are introduced to the market. There’s real emphasis placed on work life balance and all attorneys have the opportunity to take advantage of some form of flexible working to help manage their everyday life whilst forging a career. The firm also encourages participation in industry initiatives, provides unique work perks and holds regular events in their impressive office surroundings.