• Name: Adam Falkland
  • Job Title: Trainee Patent Attorney
  • Location: Halifax, West Yorkshire
  • University: Nottingham
  • Degree: Physics
  • Career Sectors: Patents
  • Areas Of Specialism: Electronics

How did you get your job at Appleyard Lees?

I spotted Appleyard Lees through IP Careers, so you’re in the right place! When coming to the end of my master’s degree I felt that academia wasn’t for me. Jobs in software and coding didn’t appeal to me either. However, law was something that interested me. Patent attorney roles have a good balance of science and law with plenty of room for self-expression and creativity, which led me to apply.

Shortly after submitting a CV and cover letter I was invited to an interview. This included a short grammar and drafting exercises. After my interview, I was offered work experience with some Partners in the firm to learn more about the job and Appleyard Lees

Why did you choose Appleyard Lees?

I felt that Appleyard Lees was the best fit for me. I was very impressed at how friendly the people at Appleyard Lees were throughout my interview process. The role is a good fit for me also. In the electronics field I get to work on technologies from my degree on a daily basis.

What’s it like working at Appleyard Lees?

Most of my work focuses on patent prosecution and responding to office actions. This involves a lot of reading to understand what is going on and then doing some arguing, which is great fun! I also advise clients on IP matters and do some patent drafting.

At times it can feel like you’re staring at an impossible puzzle until it clicks and everything falls into place. When it does, it’s one of the best feelings in the job. There’s lots of scope for creativity too. Most of the time there is more than one option to consider and my supervising partner allows me a lot of freedom in writing responses (within reason).

There is a lot of support for trainees at Appleyard Lees. It’s easy to ask questions and get feedback on work. Part-qualified trainees also organise study groups to help new trainees with revising for exams which is amazingly helpful and I am very grateful for!

Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to work at Appleyard Lees?

Before applying try to have a look through some patents in fields you’re interested in. Enjoying writing and being able to present information clearly are really important for this role. Don’t be afraid to reach out to trainees at firms!

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