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Every year a cohort of trainees start their IP career with us; we commit to ensuring that those who drive progress have their creativity protected and talent rewarded.

I first came into contact with patents, designs and trademarks at university when I attended a course held by a patent attorney who gave an insight into his role. When he was asked about how one can know if they would like the profession, he answered that only by doing it will you find out if you like it.

His comment still in my mind, I joined the Chemistry and Life Sciences team in 2019 as trainee patent attorney, having previously worked for a peptide manufacturer in Switzerland and the USA. After working on large scale synthesis of therapeutic peptides under GMP, I wanted to take a leap to challenge myself further and find out if the patent profession was for me.

You hit the ground running, and very quickly you start to learn by responding to various types of communications from the European Patent Office and the German Patent Office, drafting patent applications and corresponding with clients, always having your supervisor review your work. The work can be quite challenging but it is always interesting and rewarding in the end. It is particularly rewarding when our work exceeds the expectation of our clients. I especially enjoy working through the variety of technologies and ideas provided by our clients on a daily basis.

Since there is so much to learn as a trainee patent attorney, HL Kempner offers excellent support. Training is provided and my supervisor routinely reviews my work and provides constructive feedback on how I can improve. It is such a supportive and collaborative atmosphere and everyone is happy to help and answer any question I have.

The firm also understand of the importance of a healthy work/life balance. Once a month, the office meets in one of the famous beer gardens around Munich and, if you like running, in the summer you can participate in a competitive 10km run.