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Jess J & Jess P from IPO

Social researcher Jess Price and Economic Advisor Jess Jones

Have you ever wondered if you could solve the country’s economic problems, or even just understand them? Do you know how impact assessments are put together, or how the Civil Service evaluates the impact of our policies?

That’s exactly what our Economics, Research and Evidence (ERE) team do. It is their responsibility to assess how intellectual property (IP) adds value to the UK economy. They  carry out the economic analysis that evidences future policy and trade agreements.

The IPO is currently hiring for three positions in the team, with vacancies for an Economist, an International Trade Economic Advisor and a Senior Statistician.

Social researcher Jess Price and Economic Advisor Jess Jones told us what it’s like to work on the team and shared some of their highlights at the IPO.

So, why not start by telling us about your role at the IPO?

Jess J I’m Jess and I work as an Economic Advisor as part of the ERE team, where I have worked for almost 2 years. I am based in IPO’s London office. I’m responsible for leading the analytical support for the Trade Marks and Designs Policy, as well as Innovation Policy.

Jess P I’m also Jess, and I’m a Social Researcher in the ERE team.  I am based in IPO’s Newport office.

What path did you take to get here?

Jess J I took a slightly unusual route, with a previous career in executive search before completing my Msc in Economics. I joined the Civil Service in 2019 as a member of the Government Economic Service. Initially I worked on patents analysis before moving to my current role.

Jess P I studied Criminal Justice and then went to work for the courts. I then worked as a data analyst for a brand protection supplier. This developed my analytical skills and my knowledge of intellectual property by helping brands tackle infringements. After 4 years, and a promotion to a team leader, I was ready for a new challenge. I joined the IPO in June as a Social Researcher.

What were your first impressions of the IPO and how would you summarise your experience here?

Jess J When I first joined, I was really happy to see how highly the IPO prioritised the wellbeing of staff and promoted a good work environment. This is really shown through how the office has handled the pandemic and our wellbeing. It’s also given me great opportunities to develop, take on new projects and meet great people.

Jess P I was really excited to start at the IPO as I had only heard positive things from existing employees. Although I was apprehensive about starting in such unpredictable times, I was given lots of support to work from home and everyone has been so supportive and welcoming. I’ve even managed to go into the office a couple times to meet colleagues!

What is the most interesting part of your role?

Jess J I love to see my analysis make an impact. For example, recently my work has been used to support the UK’s position in trade negotiations. I have also advised on assessing the impact of changes in the law relating to IP, which is very exciting.

Jess P I really enjoy being involved in a variety of interesting projects, particularly providing research, statistics and support that inform policy decisions. It gives me such a great sense of achievement!

As experts with data, what’s your favourite statistic of the year?

Jess J The COVID-19 vaccination statistics for the UK would be my choice. At the time of writing, almost 90 million doses have been rolled out, which is incredible!

Jess P I’m always interested in any research related to infringement and counterfeits. So, my favourite stat is from the IPO’s counterfeit goods research - that 71% of respondents indicated that they have never purchased counterfeit goods. Most of these said they would never purchase counterfeit goods! I recommend reading the research to see more good stats.

Overarching trends from the IPO’s counterfeit goods research 2020 for the question: Which of the following best describes you in relation to purchasing “fake” or “replica” items

Overarching trends from the IPO’s counterfeit goods research 2020 for the question: Which of the following best describes you in relation to purchasing “fake” or “replica” items

Where do you see ERE at the IPO going in the future and what challenges will there be?

Jess J I think the IPO has a really strong analytical team in ERE, with a range of specialisms that give us a diverse way of thinking and approaching problems. We are committed to developing the evidence base on IP and ensuring people understand its importance in the economy. For example, I’m currently leading a project on what drives a demand for IP rights. The real challenge is finding the time to investigate all the areas that IP touches!

Jess P In the short time I have been here, it’s already clear that the team is growing quickly.  So, I see the team continuing to grow with new and exciting opportunities. The challenge might be ensuring our supportive and collaborative team structure is consistent. With the passionate and committed team we have, I am sure this won’t be a big challenge.

The IPO is currently hiring for three positions in the team, with vacancies for an Economist, an International Trade Economic Advisor and a Senior Statistician.

Find out more about the vacancies in above and take a look at the latest IPO economic research here.

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