During my studies, I worked a couple of different summer internships to gauge my interest for working in a variety of fields. After completing my first internship at URS (now acquired by Aecom), in their advanced structures division, I quickly came to the realisation that engineering consultancy was not for me. Changing tack and interning as a tax advisor provided no further secure knowledge of what I wanted to do. It wasn’t until the end of first term in my final year, when an alumnus from the Chemical Engineering department came to give a talk about IP, that I felt inspired.
I joined the Physics, Engineering, and IT team at Abel & Imray in September 2017. The job is a unique blend of science and law, a discipline I was always interested in. Fresh challenges are continuously being thrown up, and the variety of work keeps you on your toes – be it drafting, prosecution, litigation, or freedom to operate work. The variety of clients also provides exposure to a broad range of entities from lone inventors to large multinationals, all of whom appreciate that the attorneys have a strong technical background enabling us to converse on a similar technical level about the inventions.
Training starts on the first day of the job, and the partners don’t refrain from delegating cases from the outset. My work is supervised by partners across all three offices, and I travel to the Bath office once a week to discuss some of the cases I have ongoing with the partners there, which accounts for around half of my current caseload. Learning occurs relatively quickly, and trainees are supported in assuming increased responsibility for cases such that a full, holistic, understanding of the whole patent process is gained.
I am yet to take any exams because the first step to becoming a qualified attorney is to attend the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Law course that runs once a year from September to December, which I will be joining this year.
The firm is medium sized but maintains a feeling of close-knit togetherness through regular travel between offices and (at least) monthly social events. This collaborative and supportive office culture is one of the main reasons that I enjoy my work at Abel & Imray.View Abel & Imray's Website