Pamela Bryer, a Partner from our Edinburgh office, explains why working for one of the world's leading IP firms has been such a fulfilling opportunity.

"I have always been interested in science and inventions and also enjoy a good, well-reasoned argument! Luckily, a career as a patent attorney has allowed me to develop these interests.

After completing my foundation training in a small firm, I made the switch to Marks & Clerk, one of the UK's largest Intellectual Property firms. My time at the firm has enabled me to develop specialist skills, for example, as an expert in design protection, as well as providing me with the opportunity to live and work in Singapore for several years."

Now that I am back in the UK, I manage a practice and multi-location team, which spans many areas of technology including medical devices, security systems, sensors and software."

What do you enjoy most about your job at Marks & Clerk?

I have always enjoyed meeting inventors and learning about new technologies. However, what I enjoy most is the teamwork. I am a team leader for several clients and enjoy nurturing more junior members in client and practice management. I particularly enjoy training others in intellectual property, whether that be colleagues, clients or prospects. I also enjoy having the opportunity to develop the business in line with our strategic objectives. I am a passionate advocate of design rights, which are often neglected in favour of patents and trade marks. Consequently, I take an active role in promoting design rights and enjoy exploring the interplay between different types of intellectual property rights.

What would you like to achieve in the future with the firm?

"As a partner, I aim to develop the business on multiple levels, to strengthen our position in the marketplace, whilst continuing to develop my client practice and team. My next career goal will be to aim for partnership in the international business of Marks & Clerk, and to contribute on a global scale. I feel that my experience of working for Marks & Clerk in Singapore and the UK gives me a useful insight into how businesses operate in different countries and I would like to develop our service offerings with this in mind. It is incredible to be a part of such a well-respected firm with such an impressive global network of clients and offices."