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  • Name: Thomas Ricketts
  • Job Title: Technical Assistant
  • Location: London
  • University: Oxford
  • Degree: PhD Neurology/Genetics, Biological Sciences

I began applying to firms by responding to advertised positions and sending speculative applications. I was invited to interviews at a few firms which each had very different interview processes.  D Young & Co had a single interview day meaning the application process moved quite quickly.  Shortly after the interview day I received and happily accepted the offer to work and train at D Young & Co.

From day one I have been given responsibility and work-variety, which has been one of the best things about working here. I have been exposed to very different types of technology from car air bags to vaccines for animals! As a result I am always learning something new, whether it is related to science/technology, law or business.

The core of my work centres on the prosecution stage of the patent application process; responding to communications from the European Patent Office. I am regularly involved with client calls and have had the opportunity to visit clients abroad.  I am also lucky enough to be regularly involved in working on opposition cases which is not always common so early on in the profession.

D Young & Co provides excellent support for training and development. As you will know, there are a number of exams to pass on the way to fully qualifying as a patent attorney and this can be daunting.  D Young & Co pays for training and exams and also offers time-off for study leave.  Outside of also providing access to in-house tutorials and external courses, there is a very open and supportive environment within the firm.  Whether it is interacting with other trainees also going through the same process or qualified attorneys and partners, there is always help on offer.

I have found training as a patent attorney involves a steep learning curve. At D Young & Co there is a friendly environment that is supportive with work and also recognises the importance of a good work / life balance. There are regular social events that allow you to get to know everyone within the firm.

If you are looking for a career with variety that mixes law, science/technology and business then I highly recommend a career as a patent attorney. It is an intellectually stimulating job and it feels very rewarding to help clients achieve their goals and protect their inventions.  If this sounds exciting to you, then I strongly recommend applying to D Young & Co.

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