After finishing my PhD I briefly worked as a postdoctoral researcher. However, I came to the conclusion that remaining in academia would mean a lack of career stability and I would continue to work in only a small area of science.
During my PhD I worked in a very interdisciplinary institute on a project which combined both biochemistry and organic chemistry. From working in this environment I knew that I wanted a career where you are exposed to a wide range of scientific research. I had briefly come across the role of a patent attorney through my studies and after talking to a friend of a friend who was in the profession, I decide to apply to some firms.
I joined GJE’s Chemistry and Life Sciences team in 2016. The main thing I enjoy about the job is the variety of work that you come across. On a daily basis I can work on pharmaceuticals to biotech to food and drink innovations. I think if you enjoy learning about new developments in research you will not be bored in this career.
It is not only the scientific content of the work that varies. Since starting at GJE I have gained experience in patent prosecution, drafting, oppositions, commercial strategy and freedom to operate projects. From day one, trainees are given their own cases to work on whilst being supported by an experienced attorney. In this way trainees get to work with different partners and senior attorneys which gives you experience of different working styles.
In this profession there is always something new to learn which can be challenging, but it gives you a great feeling of achievement!
GJE provides a very supportive and friendly environment to work in. There is always a more experienced team member to help you out with any questions you may have. This support really helps you to learn and develop skills whilst on the job. GJE also provide tutorials and know-how meetings which help to supplement your training.
If you have a passion for science and are looking for a challenging and rewarding career then I would definitely recommend the patent profession and training at GJE!