• Name: Sophie Peng
  • Job Title: Trainee Patent Attorney
  • Location: Cambridge
  • University: Imperial
  • Degree: Mechanical Engineering with a Year Abroad
  • Areas of Specialism: Mechanical Engineering

How did you get into the profession?

As I was approaching the end of my studies I began to look at graduate jobs and stumbled across some trainee patent attorney positions which sounded intriguing. Having heard stories of IP infringement involving spin-out companies at university, I took a deeper look into the patent profession and found that it was a fascinating combination of analytical and written work based on both technical and legal knowledge. It seemed an interesting prospect so I applied and here I am!

What are your main roles and responsibilities?

It’s a real mixture of work! Sometimes I’m drafting or amending parts of a patent specification but often I’ll be preparing letters to clients, foreign attorneys or patent offices. Making sure that I’m communicating the necessary information in a clear and concise manner is a key part of my job. Paying close attention to my work is also critical, as anything that can be misinterpreted could become much more work in the future.

What attracted you to Reddie & Grose?

The size and location of the firm mean I get to work with a variety of clients from local start-ups to multinational companies. Since we liaise with many international firms and attorneys, I get to learn about how patent practice can vary around the world. As a training firm, there are many other trainees learning alongside you but the firm is small enough that you can get to know all of your colleagues fairly quickly.

Life at the firm so far…

I’ve really enjoyed my time at the firm so far and there is a good work-life balance. I’ve had a variety of work with different attorneys within the firm and I’ve had the opportunity to meet clients and see their inventions, as well as observe oral proceedings for a patent opposition. There’s a strong sense of community and regular training sessions mean I get to work with other trainees from the London and Cambridge office. Above all, the people are really friendly and happy to help whenever I have any questions.

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