Read the first set of our interviews with some of the leading intellectual property practitioners and learn about what influenced their career choice, their advice to would-be practitioners, recent client matters, and life outside work.
Lorraine Tay of Bird & Bird ATMD
Tay talked about her career, key principles when dealing with clients, and life outside work. In the interview, she mentions the appeal of working with local brands and developing business ventures.
On client work principles, she said: “[B]e sincere in all your dealings – whether with clients, stakeholders or even your opponents. I like to also put myself in the client’s shoes and appreciate their challenges, needs, objectives and risk appetite. Only then can I be effective and evolve from being just a legal counsel to a trusted advisor.”
Read Tay’s interview here.
Archana Shanker of Anand and Anand
Shanker’s “love for science” influenced her career in patent law. She shared two client matters and a fascinating project outside work.
When asked about her firm, she said: “I joined Anand and Anand as a young patent lawyer in 1995, and there has been no looking back since. My journey has been an interesting one. The best part of my workplace is the freedom to develop innovative solutions for clients, build the patent practice, take risks, and be a mentor for my junior colleagues.”
Read Shanker’s interview here.
Camilla Hamrin of Groth & Co
Hamrin described her career path, which included working in the publishing industry. She also highlighted her most memorable work as an IP practitioner and shared fun facts in her private life.
When asked about why she enjoys IP work, Hamrin said: “Understanding the business and needs of my clients and knowing that I have the expertise to strengthen their business activities makes the role rewarding.”
Read Hamrin’s interview here.
Morag Macdonald of Bird & Bird
Macdonald shared her career experiences, including interesting client matters, and a personal life story.
When asked about the career advice she would give to women interested in joining the profession, she said: “Get the best possible training you can. Find a mentor, not necessarily in your organisation. There are a lot of different career paths in IP, and you need to have a good mentor that you can discuss this with to find what fits you best. Do not be afraid to ask senior women in the profession for a chat. They do not want you to have the difficulties they experienced in advancing your career.”
Read Macdonald’s interview here.
Ana-Maria Baciu of Simion & Baciu
Baciu spoke about her career in IP and setting up her firm. She also shared an interesting client matter and aspects of her private life. When asked about her key work principle, Baciu said: “Always put your client’s interest ahead of anything else, including your interests.”
Read Baciu’s interview here.
Camilla Rendal Nielsen of Zacco
Nielsen talked about her career in patent law and a case study involving a start-up client with an invention for clean water in rural parts of Africa. When we asked Nielsen about what keeps her motivated when things are not going according to plan, she said: "[I] tend to take quite a positive approach generally so if things are not going to plan I tend to dig in and work through the potential challenges as they arise. I enjoy solving problems and sometimes working quickly to get back ‘on plan’ or solve issues another way can be very exciting."
Read Nielsen's interview here.
Gwilym Roberts of Kilburn & Strode
In our first IP Leaders Corner interview, Roberts talked about his role as the Chair of Kilburn & Strode, client and firm management, corporate social responsibility, recent developments in the firm and industry, and the future of IP law and practice.
Roberts shared insights into how the firm and its staff coped with the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges for the IP law industry.
On the pandemic, he said: “One of the lessons has been the extraordinary way in which people responded. I think we saw real resilience, kindness, and leadership right across the firm during the pandemic. We also saw a lot of good humour and optimism too, which I think is so important.”
Read Roberts’s interview here.