Albright IP has been taking on new talent to deal with a growing workload driven by an expanding client base and continuing post-Brexit work.
In recent weeks we have welcomed six new starters. Four are training as attorneys in the Patent teams and in addition to this, two paralegals have also joined the expanding Trade Mark team and will start their training towards becoming qualified Trade Mark attorneys.
The business expansion is necessary, says Albright IP Managing Director Robert Games, to respond to an increasing client base and to support clients that need additional help with Trade Marks and Registered Designs now that the UK has left the EU.
2021 has been a very busy year for us so far, and we want to make sure we’re fully equipped to respond to our client needs. Brexit in particular has caused a surge in work, as clients both existing and new now need to file for Trade Marks and Registered Designs separately in both the UK and in Europe.
“Our Trade Mark team has worked through a backlog of ‘cloned’ UK registrations that automatically took place when we left the EU,” he said.
“All in all, it has resulted in a lot of additional registration work in a short timescale. While it has been challenging to absorb the growing workload, our team has done a fantastic job, even while mostly working remotely.
“We have some amazing talent in the business, and everyone responded in a really positive way – which means we’re able to continue to deliver great service.”
Lauren Fisher and Zainab Rhyman, both first class law graduates have joined Albright IP as trainee paralagels in the Trade Mark team. Charlie Heal, Ciara Felix, Dr Emily Taylor and Alysia Draper, have all now joined the Patent teams, bringing their own specialisms to expand the company’s knowledge base.
Dr Taylor has a PhD in Chalcogenide Thin Film Materials for Next Generation Engineering Applications from Bath University, while Alysia Draper has a Masters degree in Chemistry from Cardiff University. In addition to this Ciara Felix, has a Doctorate from Oxford University, where she studied computational research on the use of ultrasound as a non-invasive treatment for neurological disorders.
Charlie Heal has a first class Masters in Chemistry from the University of York with modules on clean technology and the use of patents in the chemical industry. His Masters focussed on the synthesis and characterisation of chromia-based hydrofluorination catalysts.
Added Robert: “We pride ourselves in the training and support we provide to our employees to enable them to develop their careers while they are working with us. We’ve already taken six of our existing staff through to become qualified Patent Attorneys and I’m delighted to say that this year we’ve seen Adrian French successfully qualify as a European Patent Attorney.”