Working from home the TLIP way
When I left IBM after 31 years my next patent job was always going to be different and so in 2015 I initially set myself up as Director and European Patent Attorney of Stretton IP Law Consulting so that I could work flexibly. Very soon afterwards I met Alex Turnbull, Paul Lynch and Cathy Mack, who were leading an innovative IP law firm, TLIP, specialising in original patent drafting and prosecution of complex high technology inventions. Their success with this meant that they needed some extra help with an expanding portfolio of clients and cases. So, I got on board and after some time as a consultant attorney I made the plunge in March 2018 to become an employee, working from home, and without losing any of the flexibility I had had as an independent practitioner.
Working from home does present its challenges, but TLIP know this and for the past two years TLIP have invested in my home office – ergonomic chair, desk, screens, docking station and office supplies. TLIP set up regular communication channels for me and we use case management software that gives us real time access to any file, from anywhere at any time. It really is seamless, and you would not know that I am a good 250 miles from Alex or Paul, with our fantastically efficient administration team at other locations, and often also with the instructing client a few hours’ drive north to Cambridge or even on the other side of the world.
What’s more I am not the only one. With offices in Cambridge and Leeds, and a meeting point in Dublin, we also have the entire staff kitted out with home working capabilities and perhaps more importantly, the entire staff have experience of making home working a success over the last 5 years.
TLIP have been investing in diverse and inclusive working practices like home working from the start and that makes me confident that we will ride out the current storm, emerging stronger as a result.