There is no better
way for you to get to know us and gain insight into life as a trainee
patent attorney than by joining our team as an Intern.
Throughout the year there are ad-hoc
opportunities to join us on an internship programme. Please check this
page regularly to see when we are running our next intern intake. In the
meantime, read what our former interns thought about their time with us
Jess was attracted to an internship in IP law as “it presented a chance to combine my technical knowledge and interest
in STEM with analytical problem-solving in the legal field. I was
attracted to Mathys & Squire as a firm due to their creative,
innovative and client-focused culture, as well as their distinguished
reputation. What I could not have anticipated was how friendly and
helpful everyone at the firm would prove to be!
From day one I was given real tasks
and responsibilities. The meritocratic ethos of the company meant that –
even as an intern – my thoughts and opinions on complex cases were accounted for and valued.
My mentoring partner, Jane, was incredibly generous with her time and
helped me to experience many of the different aspects encompassed within
this varied career.
The majority of my experience was in
prosecution work. Initially I was a little overwhelmed by the volume of
legal regulations and terminology in combination with the advanced
technical understanding that is required within this field of work.
However, I soon began to pick up the key themes. Fundamental to this job
is the ability to understand how an invention works and what makes it
unique, then to distil the concept into something simple. I was also
given the opportunity to participate in tutorials held for the Technical
Assistants. This was an invaluable insight into the training and
qualification process involved in the early stages of this career. I
was encouraged to have a go at past exam papers and received
constructive feedback from the mentors on my work.”
The best part of the internship? “Continually
being faced with challenging cases and being pushed to find a new
alternative approach to the problem. This experience has given me a
taste of a career that satisfies my passion and curiosity for
technology, whilst also requiring a combination of dialectical thinking
and creative problem-solving abilities.”
Three words to sum up the experience: Challenging, insightful and inspirational!
Haris was introduced to the Patent Law field through a seminar hosted by a university alumnus working at an IP law firm.
“It taught me about the idea of
viewing inventions through a legal microscope – to extract the ‘novel
and inventive’ concept formulating the invention. The skill of
consolidating scientific knowledge and legal provisions into claims, to
seek the broadest possible protection for such inventions piqued my
interest in the field. I was motivated to search for an internship and
experience a Patent Attorney’s duties first hand.
Prior to starting this internship, I
had mentally prepared myself for the knowledge gap that would exist
initially. I was still overwhelmed by the amount of regulatory
provisions set forth by the UK Patents Act and the EPC regarding every
nuance from the prosecution stage, to post-grant proceedings and
opposition of a patent. However, the supportive and developmental work ethos applied by members of the Mathys & Squire team allowed me to
quickly pick-up on key legal provisions and how to apply them in
day-to-day patent prosecution and opposition work. This was supplemented
with tutorials and case law review meetings, which helped to expand my
understanding of the field and provided tips and advice regarding the
qualification process to becoming a Patent Attorney. These factors,
along with direct teachings from Partners, Associates and TAs certainly
made for an eye opening and invaluable experience.”
My key take away? “IP
law is a field that allows people with scientific backgrounds to view
research and inventions from the perspective of intellectual property,
providing its owner the commercial and economic benefits resulting from
it. The protection of such benefits is advocated by ethical and legal
theories shaping modern jurisprudence, such as utilitarianism and the
labour theory. Consequently, Patent Law requires the practitioner to be
multifaceted by combining legal and scientific expertise with strong
interpersonal and language skills to liaise with clients and regulatory
bodies such as the UKIPO and EPO during different stages of the patent
cycle. This internship at Mathys & Squire allowed me to experience
the different facets of the field.”
Three words to sum up the experience: Educational, engaging and inspirational.
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