• Role: Patent Advisor
  • Career Sectors: Patents
  • Location: Derby
  • University: Cambridge
  • Degree: MEng Mechanical Engineering

Henry Makings

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Why patents?
I feel like the job of being a patent attorney offers everything I was looking for in a career. It not only fits the analytical and problem-solving aspects of my personality but it provides a fast-paced and highly-varied environment where I’m working on inventions at the cutting-edge of technology every day. I was also drawn to the prospect of working for a wide range of different clients.

Choosing Swindell & Pearson
I wanted to work for a firm which provided personalised mentoring and support throughout my training, allowing me to develop in line with my ambitions, as opposed to merely being another fish in a sea of trainees. And I thought S&P sounded like the perfect fit!

Practical learning is the key focus of the firm’s training. Trainees aren’t just given piecemeal items; they start real work right away and they’re given the responsibility to manage cases through the entire patent prosecution process. Trainees also receive almost daily one-to-one supervision with the firm’s most senior attorneys; learning directly from someone with so much experience in this way is invaluable and it allows trainees to quickly develop their skills. The close-knit nature of the firm also means that trainees have a large team of additional mentors to help support them throughout their career.

As with many companies, the first stage of the process was a telephone interview. However, something which really struck me was that this call was with the firm’s managing director (now my supervisor)! For me, this was one of the best illustrations of the firm’s ethos. It showed the interest that senior attorneys take in the development of trainees and also gave me a great impression of what life would be like. When I hung up the phone, I knew S&P was somewhere I would be challenged and pushed to achieve my full potential.

The job
I’m just coming up to the end of my first year with S&P and everything has been great! In a couple of months, I’ll be taking the first step towards qualification by sitting my first set of exams. Although slightly daunting, I think sitting the exams will really aid my day-to-day work and trainees who have previously passed them are very willing to help.

In the future, I’m looking forward to an even greater variety of work, more independence and building my own portfolio of clients

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