I joined D Young & Co in September 2011 after graduating from university that same year and completing a two month summer internship with the firm.
As I came to the end of my degree I was keen to gain some on-the-job experience in my specialist subject and was interested to see that D Young & Co was advertising for patent attorney interns with a degree in physical sciences or engineering. I was offered the internship and enjoyed two months of the summer of 2011 as a patent assistant supporting the firms ‘Electronics, Engineering & IT Group’ in Southampton.
From day one I was involved with real patent cases for real clients. I quickly realised that being a patent attorney is a great way to stay in touch with the latest technology without having to be in an R&D or research role (which I had now decided wasn’t for me). I was very pleased to be offered a permanent job as a trainee patent attorney with the firm when my internship came to its end.
Over the time I have been here, I have been involved in drafting and prosecuting patent applications for a range of clients, have attended meetings with clients and inventors and have travelled to Munich to help represent clients before the European Patent Office.
The job can be stressful at times (patent attorneys all have to work to strict deadlines), but although I am expected to work hard, the office environment is generally friendly and relaxed. I appreciate that there are great opportunities for progression within the firm as I complete my training and pass my exams.
Much of my training is on-the-job, with the invaluable guidance of one or two partners in my specialist field. I’m also following a structured programme which involves professional courses and exams. For example, to start with, all D Young & Co trainees study for the Intellectual Property Law Certificate at Queen Mary, University of London. This is a great opportunity to learn more about broader IP law and to meet other trainees in the profession. After completing the IP Law Certificate, we work towards our final exams in order to qualify as Chartered and European Patent Attorneys.
I’m enjoying working at D Young & Co. It is a job I like in an environment that I find stimulating and rewarding.View D Young & Co's Website