Intellectual Property Department recruits patent attorney

Chris Burnett has joined Birkett Long’s new Intellectual Property team as a patent attorney, where he will be advising on patent and trademark matters.

His role involves advising in relation to every intellectual property right, from patents and trademarks to designs and copyright. He works with individuals and companies from the creation of new ideas and inventions, through to protecting their rights and enforcing their rights.

Having first joined the profession in 2003, Chris qualified as a chartered patent attorney in 2008 and a European patent attorney in 2009. Chris has 16 years’ experience in the field having worked at some smaller firms in Essex and Hertfordshire, but most recently at a specialist top-tier London patent and trade mark firm.

Due to his degree in biochemistry, Chris has plenty of experience in prosecuting patent applications in the oil, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology spaces, but due to the variety of clients he works with, has also branched out into mechanical engineering.

Chris said: “I loved studying biochemistry, but never got on with lab work. I much preferred problem solving and applying the knowledge I had to practical situations, and so the role of a patent attorney was perfect. I get to use my science background but apply it to commercial situations. I knew quite early on in my degree that I was inept at pipetting and looked for an alternative career to being a bench scientist. After some work experience as a patent attorney, my mind was made up! Following my degree, I did an MSc in the Management of Intellectual Property before getting my first job.”

Chris likes working at Birkett Long as the people are very friendly, and already has been working with people from different departments where different law crosses over.

Outside of work Chris is involved with IP Inclusive, a pan-organisational project which aims to increase diversity in the various IP professions, particularly the sub-project ‘Careers in Ideas’ which aims to increase awareness of IP and the careers in this field amongst students.

You can meet Chris at our Colchester For Business Networking Breakfast on 11 December where the topic will be IP. Jonathan Perlmutter the Head of Intellectual Property will be providing an introduction to the types of IP commonly found in different aspects of businesses and how you might look to profitably exploit them. Register here.

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