Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and General Studies
Degree and PhD
Intellectual Property Law and Practise
Harjinder is a solicitor for Google.
“There are many people with a physics background in law. the way of thinking that physics develops is useful, as is the ability to understand technology when discussing the legal aspects of it. After my A levels, I considered doing medicine, but after talking to a GP I realised it wasn’t for me. Instead I did a physics degree.”
Harjinder followed his degree with a PhD at Cambridge University in high temperature superconductors. “It was the philosophical aspect of physics that inspired me to study it. Particularly quantum physics and how reality may be different from what we think it is,” he says.
Despite his clear love for the subject, Harjinder was also interested in legal issues. “My interest in law was originally sparked by conversations I used to have with friends from the basketball team whilst doing my degree. We discussed things like “Should man be able to patent a new form of life?” and I found those discussions fascinating,” he says. During his PhD research, he also kept bumping into intellectual property law and copyright issues. So after completing his PhD, Harjinder studied to become a solicitor.
He has worked in law ever since, initially in private practice then in-house for technology companies. For the last two years he has been employed by Google as litigation counsel in their London office. “I love my job. The best things about it are the intellectual challenge and the fact that my work makes a difference across the world.”
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