A day in the life of… A Patent and Trade Mark Attorney

Meet Andrew Clarke Scientist | Attorney | Innovator

Our innofy office is much more progressive than most intellectual property services firms. We hot-desk, have a Sonos music system, and staff  are able to work from home as much as they like, should they wish to do so. I think this is the way that the most office jobs are going.

Day to day you will find me talking to our clients about their new technologies and how they can best protect and commercialise them. Although we try to get out and about as much as possible, a lot of time is spent writing legal documents and letters about the technologies we work on.

The ability to juggle multiple projects at once is probably the most important skill you need. At any one moment you may well have 15-30 projects on the go and being able to switch from one to the other at the drop of a hat is essential. Also, being able to manage a myriad of deadlines and not getting stressed out as a deadline nears (as you are never far away from the next one!)

You need to have an eye for detail, and the ability to think creatively and outside the box. You come across unique problems very frequently – and you must apply your knowledge in a slightly different way on pretty much every technology you work on.

It’s a fantastic job if you’re interested in new technologies and innovation, if you like talking to people (whether it be researchers, commercialisation directors, and/or your colleagues), and getting involved in helping to bring new ideas to fruition. As a Patent and Trade Mark Attorney, you get exposed to many, many different areas of technology. Although food technology is a rapidly developing field – you will definitely be exposed to a much wider range of technology areas than this.