Why did you want to become a patent attorney? What attracted you most to the profession? A career in research didn’t appeal to me – however, 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 physics degree. What would your advice be to others looking to become a patent attorney? Start reading! As you can imagine, there’s a fair bit of legal knowledge to acquire during training. The sooner you start learning the law relating to IP, the better. What aspects of the job do you enjoy the most? The diversity of the work – there are many different tasks, responsibilities, inventions, technologies, jurisdictions, type of clients and needs of the client to manage. What do you hope to achieve over the next 12 months?I hope to pass the UK Foundation Certificate exams in October, and continue developing in my professional role. What drives you? Success – whether that’s doing a great job for the client, my line manager, team, or achieving my personal goals. How would you describe your approach to work? Methodical and systematic; organised and structured; focused and distraction-free. If you could work in another country, which would it be? The USA – breath-taking landscapes and natural wonders, individualism and informality built into the culture. And, of course, there’s the added bonus of plenty of IP work. How do you relax? Photography, music, walking and hiking.