Will infringe the patent rights of others. To write an opinion,
it's necessary to be familiar with the patent or patents
involved and with the client's technology. That usually means
many hours spent reading up on something. I'm a bit of a
Loner, so that suits me fine, but at times, trying to get a
Handle on the subject matter can be extremely difficult, and
that's sometimes frustrating. Still, I'm confident about the
quality of the opinions I write. On the whole, I really enjoy itwouldn't
Dream of doing anything else.
3 As senior partner in the firm, I've got a lot on my plate. That
can be stressful. I've got to make sure our clients are
Happy with the quality of representation and legal counsel
they receive. And I've got to keep an eye on our costs,
make sure things don't get out of hand, ensure value for
money. That's the least satisfying aspect. I also have to
keep my team focused and informed - make sure we're
always on the ball. It's up to me to communicate a vision -
where we're heading as a firm - and that's something I'd
Like to be able to do better in the coming years.
4 I've been an associate at our firm - which handles some
Really high-profile IP cases - for two years now. Last year, I
Joined one of the teams of litigators, and I go to court
Regularly. I work with some pretty high-calibre people, some
first-rate litigators at the firm, and that's a real plus: there's
Just so much to learn from them. One of my main duties
Right now is taking depositions and defending depositions.
That means I have to deal with witnesses quite a bit -
Some of them can be quite unhelpful, and not always
pleasant. That's something I don't usually enjoy. Someday
I'd like to be in the limelight and present arguments myself.
As a first-year associate at the firm, I work on patent law
cases. I must say I'm fortunate that my work is so varied.
Some people might see that as a drawback, but I like it. I
Might spend a day or two writing a patent application, then
Perhaps devote a couple of days to studying the patents of
a client's adversary. The next week, I might assist one of
the partners in court. However, I don't have a say in
Choosing the things I work on, those are delegated to me,
unfortunately. But there's never a dull moment. Still, I'm
looking forward to next year, when I'll learn more about
ILEC practice test
This is the Cambridge International Legal English Certificate,
Look at the Information for Candidates on the front of your
Question paper. This paper requires you to listen to a selection
Of recorded material and answer the accompanying questions.
There are four parts to the test. You will hear each part twice.
There will be a pause before each part to allow you to look
Through the questions, and other pauses to let you think about
Your answers. At the end of every pause, you will hear this sound.
You should write your answers in the spaces provided on the
Question paper. You will have five minutes at the end to
Transfer your answers to the separate answer sheet.
There will now be a pause. You must ask any questions now,
As you will not be allowed to speak during the test.
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