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Hear it from the IP lawyers in the industry

Are you gearing up for a relaxing Sunday? 

I have brought some great content for you to read and get inspired directly from the lawyers in the IPR field. 

I have reproduced five questions from interviews on www.superlawyers.in and presented their answers which can act like a career guide for a fresh lawyer or a law student interested in the IPR field. 

You can also read the full interview by clicking on the links pasted in the answers below: 

WHAT INTERESTED YOU IN THE IPR FIELD?

Aditya Gupta, a Senior Associate, Anand & Anand works as an intellectual property litigator. 

He was a recipient of the prestigious Microsoft Intellectual Property Rights Scholarship, 2009 and worked as a Research Associate to Professor William W. Fisher III for a period of six months at Harvard. 

Aditya answers what has kept him hooked in the field of IPR:

Innovation and creativity are, in my view, the two most awe–inspiring facets of human life. While intellectual property litigation may appear to be a battle between large corporations it is, at its heart, about protection of the innovative/ creative genius of an individual. That intellectual property law endeavours to foster this genius generated my interest in the subject and practicing this field of law for the past three years has only fuelled my passion for it.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THOSE WHO WANT TO PURSUE A CAREER IN THE FIELD OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY?

Swapna Sundar is a co-founder of IP DOME – IP Strategy Advisors and also teaches European and US patent law at the NALSAR PG diploma course on Patent Laws. 

She has been a guest lecturer at different institutions, including the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Symbiosis Law School, Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT), IIT-M and Anna University

Her advice is unique and informative: 

Going forward, I foresee a good demand for lawyers with knowledge of science and market or economics and statistics. As the IP field evolves in India, it would be important to keep track of the changes in IP law and IP regimes across the globe.

You would be benefited if you learn how to work with people from different scientific disciplines like engineers, biotechnologists,medical professionals and data analysts. 

When contributing your skills or ideas to people from other domains, it helps to be familiar with the jargon or terminology of their discipline. I would also advise learning to read and interpret graphs, trend charts and data models.

WHAT WOULD YOU TELL THE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS?

Janaki Bhide works as an Associate at W S Kane & Co. Her interest in Intellectual Property law led her to move to London right after graduation and pursue Masters in Intellectual Property law from Queen Mary University London

With her experience in the field and having explored the IPR field in depth her advice for an IPR aspirants is: 

Intellectual Property Law in India is growing at an exponential rate. There is tremendous scope for growth. I would advise students who are interested in making a career in IP to keep up with the latest developments and judgements. They should also try and secure internships with good law firms practising IP. It would also help to take up diploma courses in Intellectual Property. 

WHAT CAN I DO IN COLLEGE TO GET INTO AN IP LAW FIRM AS A FRESHER?

Nitsimar Guliani works as an Associate in Chadha & Chadha Intellectual Property Law Firm and in the span of three years she has had great insights on topics like google AdWords and trademark infringements, counterfeit products sold on e-commerce, domain name disputes, etc. 

She shares a career pathway for an IP law aspirant: 

I suggest that you have your basics about the law clear i.e. the act, procedure, landmark judgments, etc., as it will just make it a little bit easier when you start working and won’t have to spend time looking for the law. 

I also recommend interning in smaller setups because it will give you a lot of exposure to different kinds of work, more responsibility and you get the chance to have seniors to review your performance closely. 

 WHAT ROLE DO YOU SEE IP LAW PLAYING IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY? WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR IP LAWYERS GLOBALLY?

Shravani Deshmukh is a Co-founder of Create & Protect IP Partners who helps creators, artists, freelancers, and small business owners identify and use their Intellectual Property optimally. 

She co-founded Create & Protect IP Partners within a year of graduation to bridge the gap between the creative and legal community.

The creative industry is at its maximum potential now than it ever has been. Especially in the pandemic, we witnessed the world finding solace in different forms and mediums of art. 

We are a content creation and consumption generation. It has become accessible to many; you just need to take your phone or laptop and record or write something. 

This generation is not just copying content but creating some great original works.

With this massive expansion and boom of content creation on digital platforms, it is essential to protect your brand and the type of content you make. 

Businesses have taken to digital marketing and try and come up with innovative ideas to sell their products/services. This is where the IP lawyers come into the picture. 

This is also one of the reasons that I love this field. IP lawyers don’t just have to look and analyze the legal aspects, they also have to work hand-in-hand with marketing professionals and make a tight brand strategy.

This goes for all new creative entrepreneurs or businesses – always book a consultation with a lawyer before starting your venture.

If you liked reading this then you would also like to attend a 3-day bootcamp on How to kickstart your international IP law career today  

Dates: 14-16 May 

Time: 6-9 pm 

REGISTER HERE- https://bit.ly/3ti42pj   

During this bootcamp you will learn:

  • Why has intellectual property law emerged as the most exciting career choice this decade?
  • What are the big global trends that are creating massive opportunities in IP law practice today?
  • Why IP paralegal jobs are your gateway to an international IP career
  • Is it possible for Indian lawyers to do IP law work in the USA or other countries?
  • Do I have to qualify as an attorney in the USA or UK before I can start doing online work for foreign companies and law firms?
  • I don’t have any experience – why will international clients or foreign lawyers trust me with their work?
  • What kind of legal work and services can be easily performed by Indian virtual legal assistants and lawyers
  • What kind of clients are with the most amount of IP work and what are the problems they are facing?
  • How much can I get paid?
  • Why are people not doing this already?
  • Self-assessment: are you ready for a career in IP law?
  • What are the skills I can bank on to get remote IP law work from foreign employers?
  • How to make the perfect pitch as a paralegal
  • 3 Big Traps to Avoid If You Are Looking for a Paralegal Job
  • What are the legal skills you need to acquire to work in IP litigation?
  • How to start building your track record as an IP lawyer and thought leader
  • 5 high demand areas in which you can explore opportunities
  • How to get in touch with high potential clients online and close deals
  • How to navigate online platforms like Upwork to get foreign IP law and paralegal work that pays better than Indian law firm jobs
  • How to convince foreign clients that you have the skills and ability to deliver results
  • How to leverage these experiences when applying for jobs abroad
  • Why doing this at least for 12 months before your LLM abroad can be a game changer
  • How to set your initial goal to get started and get your first US $1000 per month from anywhere in the world within next 3 months
  • How to crack law firm & in-house counsel jobs in IPR
  • What are the 5 steps to achieve this goal
  • What barriers will come up in your path

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