I studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering with Management at university and, having enjoyed the different aspects of my studies, I was keen to pursue a career that could offer me a good blend of technical and business focus – and at the same time allow me to develop a specialist expertise.
During my time at university, I was familiar with intellectual property broadly, but I can’t say that I knew much about careers in the legal domain with IP until I had graduated and started exploring possible career paths. My initial impressions were that a career as a patent attorney would allow me to indulge my scientific intrigue, but with a healthy exposure to the commercial and legal aspects of the industry – a variety that piqued my interest.
Now, after a number of years in the profession, I enjoy the level of responsibility and the degree of variety in my work, tackling complex legal problems through intricate technical analysis and strategic legal thinking. Being able to apply the problem-solving and critical thinking skills that I developed at university has been one of the main reasons I enjoy my work as much as I do.