|Degree:||Computer Science (PhD)|
|School(s):||School of Computer Science|
|Year of Graduation:||Nov-2010|
|National of:||United Kingdom|
|Organisation:||D Young & Co LLP|
|Job title:||Trainee Patent Attorney|
|Occupational Sector:||Patent Law|
|What has been your route to getting your current position?|
|I achieved a degree in computer science, followed by a PhD in computer science, specialising in network routing protocols.|
|What does your job involve ?|
|Acting on behalf of companies to help in obtaining patents.|
|What are the best bits of your job ?|
|Developing arguments to use during examination of patents.|
|Why were you successful?|
I got in contact with a partner at a London firm, and after asking what the job entailed, he invited me to come down and do some work there. I then spent 3 days in their London office doing work that attorneys commonly do (responding to a patent office examination report).
As a matter of interest, my current firm often offer summer internships (particularly in the field of computer science), which can be very helpful in getting a foot in the door.
I would also advise potential applicants to check the
companies they interview at very thoroughly. In particular, applicants
should try to find out what proportion of trainees who start at a firm make it
through to qualification at the same firm.
|What skills/ knowledge from your degree have you found particularly helpful in this role?|
|Being very detail focused, good communication skills, particularly in being able to describe complex ideas.|
|What advice would you give to students wishing to follow the same path?|
|Getting into the profession is very difficult due to competition. Most companies do very extensive and thorough interviews that are designed to test both your technical knowledge and communication skills.|