Katherine Wright is the latest member of the AdamsonJones team to become a qualified European Patent Attorney. The route to qualification is arduous and demanding at the best of times but perhaps even more so for Katherine, who studied for her final exams whilst on maternity leave with her first child, who was just six months old at the time of the exams.
Katherine said “I revised when I could during Aidan’s naps in the days. In fact, he was a great distraction as I was so occupied with him that I didn’t have time to stress about the exam.”
The EQE (European Qualifying Examination), made up of four written exams, taken over three days and each lasting between three and five hours, is run by the European Patent Office (EPO) and held simultaneously at venues around Europe.
Katherine, who travelled to Bristol to sit the exams, explained “Aidan was fed in a side room just before each exam and was then looked after by my mum for the duration. In fact Aidan has been with me for all of my European exams as I sat the preliminary examination in 2013 whilst I was pregnant.”
Katherine said “When I return to work in September I’ll be taking on more responsibility for cases and handling the more independent work of a qualified attorney.”
Simon Cooper, Managing Director at Adamson Jones, said “Katherine has done exceptionally well to study for, and pass, these tough exams while on maternity leave. We look forward to welcoming her back to the office later this year.”