Peter Collie

Trainee Trade Mark Attorney

"From day one I felt welcomed into the trade marks team."

My journey

While living in China I witnessed the widespread copying of international brand names and products, which sparked an interest in learning more about the influence of intellectual property law. The experience led me to opt for an intellectual property law module in the final year of my degree. I was keen to pursue a career where I could build on the skills and interests I acquired throughout my studies.

I was attracted to Haseltine Lake Kempner's Trainee Trade Mark Attorney Programme because of the training offered both in the workplace and alongside a peer group in the HLK Academy. The firm’s global presence and experience in helping UK businesses secure robust IP protection in China appealed to me because of the opportunity to work with clients and attorneys in other countries.

My role

The firm acts for clients from a broad range of industries and I assist a number of Partners in the trade mark team. A typical week includes an interesting and diverse range of work:

  • Advising clients on their trade mark application and filing strategy.
  • Communicating with the UK and EU Intellectual Property Offices.
  • Liaising with foreign attorneys in relation to a client's trade mark matters abroad.
  • Negotiating with other parties in contentious trade mark matters.
  • Team meetings and case discussion to supplement learning.

What I like about my job

Support from the Partners is always available. Other experienced team members also provide clarification and assistance. From day one I felt welcomed into the trade marks team. Everyone is communicative, approachable and friendly which creates a supportive environment.

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