WIPR Influential Women in IP 2020
The best advice
For people starting out in any field, it’s important
to learn from the ones who are already making
their mark. WIPR spoke to some of the 2019
Class of Trailblazers about their advice for those
entering the IP profession and the challenges
What advice would you give those entering
the IP profession?
It’s great to have a broad legal foundation before
becoming too specialist. A good grounding in
contract law and commercial litigation is extremely
useful. However, it is important to bear in mind that
you need to have your IP goal from the start.
Lots of firms do not have significant IP practices
and it may be hard to move into IP later in your
career if you do not get some basic grounding in
your training contract.
Rosie Burbidge, partner, gunnercooke
Try to find a good mentor who will invest time
and energy in providing guidance allowing you to
learn, grow professionally and feel included. Don’t
hide behind inexperience but seek projects with
a fair level of autonomy and responsibility. By
stepping out of our comfort zone, we learn better
Keep your eyes and ears wide open, don’t be afraid
of change and be humble, but not silent. Most of all,
do what you love and do it with passion.
Alena Fischerova, associate, BomhardIP
IP is an interesting and rewarding field of practice.
The trio of important virtues to succeed in this
field and the legal profession generally are honesty,
patience and diligence.
Regina Onwumere, associate, Aluko & Oyebode
Networking is an extremely important aspect
of the IP profession so start networking right from
the beginning. Giving back to society teaches
you a lot—get involved in pro bono activities,
legal aid centres, and legal awareness campaigns.
These activities will provide you with enriching
experiences and help shape you into being a
Abhilasha Niroola, principal attorney, Mehta & Mehta
Be authentic. Sometimes there can be pressure to
act and think like others around you for the sake of
“fitting in” to a firm or company. This pressure can
dull what makes you and your contributions unique
and valuable to clients. So be yourself—embrace
what drives you, what motivates you and what you
are passionate about.
It may not always be easy, but ultimately, it will
be these things that will fuel your career.
Annsley Ward, counsel, WilmerHale
Don’t be afraid to take on a bigger role than you
believe you are able to handle. Many young lawyers
entering the IP field see each and every matter
as big and unmanageable challenges, but with a
good strategy, mentoring and planning you can
make one big task into smaller steps that are easily
Emelie Svensson, attorney, Njord Law Firm