• Role: Patent Associate
  • Location: Winchester
  • University: Imperial
  • Degree: MSci Natural Sciences and PhD (Chemistry)

Thomas Gibb

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As my PhD was drawing to a close, I knew I was ready for a change. Whilst being at the cutting edge of research was always enjoyable and rewarding, I felt clear that my increasing specialisation was taking me away from what I enjoyed best; learning about and understanding the innovative technical solutions behind today’s problems.

I had heard about the role of a patent attorney from others that had joined the profession, and their descriptions of the job had always intrigued me. In particular, I relished the thought of being able to use my scientific background in my day to day work, alongside getting to grips with real world, commercially relevant technology. As such, I began to research the opportunities available to me, aided in the most part by this very careers guide!

I was lucky enough to join Chapman IP (formerly Chapman & Co) in November 2014, and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time here so far. Most of the time I undertake work as part of a small team, where my input is really valued. In my experience, Chapman IP is a very modern firm that is willing to give trainees a much higher level of responsibility than many other firms.

From my first day working here, I have been given real and important work to do including helping argue the patentability of applications, preparing advice for and meeting with clients, drafing opposition proceedings and preparing infringement opinions. I’ve also had the opportunity to draft several patent applications, the first within a week of joining, something that many other trainees at my level of experience have not yet attempted. Finally, I have also attended oral proceedings at the European Patent Office, a fantastic insight into the way patent examiners work.

Chapman IP have encouraged me to develop my knowledge of the law surrounding patents by preparing articles for publication in various journals, and by supporting me through courses directed towards both my foundation and final level patent exams. Throughout my time at Chapman IP I have never felt out of my depth, with a network of approachable and helpful people ever present. Outside of work the firm is very friendly, with regular away days and social events.

Chapman IP is a highly enjoyable place to work and a fantastic place to train. My colleagues are hardworking and dedicated, and I would recommend anyone who is interested in training to become a patent attorney to apply.

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