Like many attorneys, I wanted to get out of academia.
An eight-year research career across three industries following a PhD puts me at the more mature end of the age range for new patent trainees.
After my undergraduate degree I began pursuing a career in research, so completed a Master of Research, which led into studying towards a PhD.
Although I really enjoyed my PhD, by the third year in the lab I’d come to the decision that a career in scientific research wasn’t for me.
I came across the patent profession after completing my degree.
Dehns has a fantastic reputation for both the quality of its work and its training.
I knew from early on in the research project in my master’s degree that academia was not for me and I had become aware of the importance of patents from a tech transfer project, so training to become a patent attorney was always on my radar.
I wanted to get into patent law for two main reasons: the first reason was that, a career in research didn’t appeal to me – I still wanted to be at the forefront of innovation and to make use of the specific technical knowledge that I had gained from my degree; the second reason was that, while completing my final year undergraduate project with an SME, I was able to discuss the needs of businesses to secure IP their rights with one of the products managers – this really interested me.
I wanted to get into patent law following my sandwich year at a pharmaceutical company.
I first encountered patents towards the end of my bachelor’s degree.
During my studies, I worked a couple of different summer internships to gauge my interest for working in a variety of fields.
I began applying to firms by responding to advertised positions and sending speculative applications.
I started studying for my M.Sci.
My journey to becoming a Trainee Patent Attorney:
As a child I always loved science (or at least what I understood science to be back then) and I always wanted to go further than what the curriculum taught (I was that annoying student who always asked questions).
How did you get your job at Appleyard Lees?
Why I chose to become a patent attorney
I first gained experience of the patent profession during my PhD.
My name is Alan Currie, I am a Trainee Patent Attorney with Cleveland Scott York having joined in January 2018.
I enjoyed my time studying physics at University, but knew that a life in academia or research was not for me.
I first became aware of the world of intellectual property whilst completing a Business Enterprise module during my undergraduate degree at Durham University.
In my final year of university when looking for jobs, I came across the role of a Patent Attorney.
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