Careers in Ideas, Remote access meeting

A free Careers in Ideas online masterclass
Friday 27 November 2020
4 – 5.30 pm


If you were interested in a career as a patent or trade mark attorney, this was the event for you!

We heard from experienced attorneys and recruiters about what they look for in candidates, with top tips about the CV and covering letter, the interview, and the kinds of tasks you might be faced with when you meet a prospective employer, for example case studies, problem solving and presentations. There was also advice on finding an employer that’s a good fit for you, and a perspective from someone who joined the profession relatively recently.

In the second part of the event, delegates had a chance to meet with the panellists in smaller, informal groups and ask their own questions.

This online masterclass was part of our series of Careers in Ideas Week activities. It was aimed in particular at university students who want to (or think they might want to) train as patent or trade mark attorneys, to help them secure their first position in the profession.


The panellists

Thank you to our seven excellent panellists:
  • Julie Barrett, owner of Purposive Step Consulting, patent attorney and IP business and careers consultant
  • Gemma Christie, patent attorney and director at Keltie and Vice Chair at Farnborough College of Technology
  • Sally Lingjun Gao, trainee patent attorney at Mathys & Squire
  • Sundeep Hans, Human Resources Manager at Kilburn & Strode
  • Joseph Letang, trade mark attorney and partner at Dehns
  • Amy Walker, Careers Manager at The University of Law
  • Sheila Wallace, patent attorney and partner at Marks & Clerk

Thank you as well to Tom Hailes, trainee patent attorney at Beck Greener and member of the IP Futures committee and Careers in Ideas task force, for managing the recording and breakout rooms.


Follow-up resources

You can access a recording of the panel discussion, plus some important accompanying notes on accessibility in the patent and trade mark professions, here.

Panellist Julie Barrett has also published a useful follow-up summary of her advice on CVs and some other application tasks: see here.

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