Episode S1.12: Career journey from Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology to Patent Attorney at a Legal Firm

Welcome to the eleventh episode of STEM Professionals Chat where we bring to you the journey of Dr. Amitavo Mitra, who has a doctorate degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Dartmouth College, USA, and a degree in law from the University of Delhi. Mr. Mitra is now working as a patent law expert with a particular focus on the biotechnology, biomedical device(s), and pharmaceutical domains. He has vast experience in drafting patents, prosecution of contentious matters, as well as strategy and advisory. This episode is hosted by: Dr. Deepak Iyer and Mr. Anurag Kumar Srivastava.

Key learnings

  1. What motivated you to come back to India after spending a decade in the US?
  2. Do you miss being a bench scientist & enjoy being a legal scientist?
  3. How did you manage a LLB degree, while working at a law firm?
  4. Do you also represent in courts to fight cases?
  5. What are the pros and cons of being a patent lawyer?
  6. What suggestions would you give to PhDs to hone their transferable skills, which would help them in career transition?
  7. Would you suggest any learning resources to PhDs planning to make a similar transition?

About Dr. Amitavo Mitra

Amitavo is a science enthusiast who is fascinated by science and innovation more than doing bench science. After being a researcher for about a decade he shifted his gears away from science research to patent law where he would study the scientific innovations and help researchers draft patents for their work. He has been associated with leading law firms for the last 8 years, where he gained expertise in foreign persecution (USPTO, EPO), National biodiversity Act related matters, providing advice to clients in the pharma and life sciences sector on product strategy and risk analysis to identify IP (patent) issues. He is now a patent attorney, which involves providing legal advice to research clients to protect their inventions and monetize them.

Video Interview on YouTube

Mohanish’s tips for a successful career!

Learn to make most of the resources (even if they are limited) around you by thinking out of the box

Addressing the scientific problem is not enough, learn to articulate your research well

Try to get to the best places for education, but you cannot then don’t be disheartened, there are other institutions that train you well

Uncertain situations give you opportunities to interact with more people and helps you in making informed decisions

Volunteer work not only adds to your experience but is a way to give back to the society

Network well and be creative while communicating

Your degree does not define you, but your passion towards your job does

Thank you, Mohanish!

If you enjoyed this interview with, Mr. Mohanish let them know by clicking the link below and leaving him a message on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohanishb/


Graphics & video design: Isha Parlikar & Pawan Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Video editing: Sumit Bhutada., PhD & Manasi Apte, Ph.D

Publication note: Vanndita Bahl

Podcast hosting: Pawan Upadhyay, Ph.D.

Publication Content editing: Manasi Apte, Ph.D

Review: All iSTEMCare Team members

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