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Susi Fish, partner at Boult Wade Tennant and co-lead of the Women in IP committee of IP Inclusive, discusses her love of the patent profession and deep-rooted commitment to promoting D&I in IP.
Tell us about the course of your career.
When I finished my PhD in biomedical/medical engineering at the University of Leeds, I was ready for a new challenge. I considered doing a law conversion course, but a family friend asked whether I’d considered becoming a patent attorney—at that time I had no idea what that even was. I’m so grateful he made that comment because more than 20 years later I’m still happily working as exactly that.
After I found a training position, I worked to become qualified according to UK and European Patent Office (EPO) standards. I was glad I didn’t know quite what that would entail when I first started as it was extremely demanding—but it was worth it in the end.
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