Cambridge, a small, historic city an hour north of London, is a fantastic place to be working in tech.
One of the many benefits of practising as a patent attorney in this great city is the opportunity it brings to work alongside adventurous, often early-stage companies with incredible prospects. Part of my role is to help companies, much of the time at a strategic level, to build value and encourage investment through constructing an intellectual property portfolio from the ground up. A significant part of that value-building can take place before the business sells a single product. In the early stages in particular, so much of a business's value is dependent on the IP strategy.
Cambridge has a big concentration of start-ups and tech companies of all sizes - we have more than 4,500 high-tech firms, employing nearly 75,000 people. Global giants Amazon, Apple, ARM, Google, Microsoft and Samsung all have an R&D presence in Cambridge.
But in my view it's not the companies, per se, that make the Cambridge tech scene so special.
It's the people.
Long may that continue.
There are more than 4,500 high-tech firms in Cambridge, employing nearly 75,000 people