At university I chose to pursue a career in IP rather than in industry because I realised that I enjoy learning about a variety of different technologies, particularly those at the forefront of innovation. My first interview with Potter Clarkson was my first interview for an IP firm and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was pleased to find that everyone I met was incredibly welcoming and that there was a friendly and relaxed atmosphere throughout the office. My second interview included a lunch with two associates at the firm and this was a great opportunity to find out more about the job, the firm and living in Nottingham. I eagerly accepted a role in the Designs and Engineering department and haven’t looked back since starting in September 2018.
Working at Potter Clarkson
I have learnt a huge amount since I first started in my role and that is largely due to the fact that I have been working on real cases from day one. So far my work has already included countless interactions with clients (face-to-face, over the phone and via email), drafting of new patent specifications, initiating patent grant procedures and everything in between.
An aspect of working at Potter Clarkson that I really appreciate is the forward-thinking approach to flexible working styles as well as a range of computer systems that support remote working. A fortunate by-product of this is that working from home during the Coronavirus outbreak has been very straight forward. The firm has also been very supportive throughout the pandemic and the strong sense of community has helped to offset the isolation that we have all experienced.
Beyond the 9 to 5
The firm offers a wide range of support to trainees as they revise for exams, including several tutorial programs led by senior colleagues with expertise in the relevant fields. Those tutorials have continued through the lockdown via video call and I find them to be a valuable addition to my revision.
Potter Clarkson is a brilliantly sociable firm to work for. Some of the highlights are the annual away-day, summer BBQ, quiz night and Christmas party. There is also a variety of sports clubs open to all skill-levels and a boardgame group. Additionally, trainees will regularly meet up socially and I have found this to be a great help with adjusting to life in a new city.