Media interview with Ed Conlon, reporter at Managing Intellectual Property

Ed Conlon has been appointed as reporter at Managing Intellectual Property, the monthly magazine and web platform focusing on the world of IP law. Read on to find out more about his new role, and current and prior projects.

About the publication:

You’ve recently joined Managing Intellectual Property. Who reads this publication and how many of them are there?

A wide range of people read Managing IP, from trademark and patent owners, to lawyers, academics and other journalists.

What subjects do you cover? What stories are you most interested in covering?

Managing IP is the leading global resource for IP news and analysis. We cover all aspects of IP law and practice, focusing on the business and practical issues of importance to IP owners. Our products include Managing IP magazine and our four online-only products: Managing Patents, Copyright, Trade Marks and Internet IP.

About you:

Describe a typical day at work: What are you editorial duties/responsibilities at the outlet (e.g. commissioning, subbing, features, interviewing)?

I write mainly for Internet IP. My responsibilities include writing news stories and updating a database which lists all the decisions from Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) cases at Wipo. I interview senior figures in the intellectual property world on a regular basis – mostly on the phone because many are based in the US and Europe.

What interests you most about your job?

There’s something different to report on every day. There are frequent disputes over trade marks and internet domain names, and lots of people have strong opinions which can make for interesting reading.

Where have you worked previously, and how did you end up in your current position?

I did a post-graduate journalism course at Harlow College in Essex after studying history at the University of Birmingham. I also did unpaid work experience at local and national newspapers. MIP approached me about the job.

Do you tweet? Why, why not?

At MIP we try and tweet stories on a daily basis and look out for any breaking news that we might have missed. I also have a personal twitter account: EddieC1988 (all views are my own!).

What’s the best advice you’ve been given?

You have to have a thick skin as a journalist. Perseverance is crucial.

What media do you seek out 1st thing in the morning?

I read the newspapers and their websites in the morning. I have an iPhone so it’s easy to do this on the bus before work.

If you could time travel what time would you go to?

Probably to the late 1980s (when I was born) but to be the age I am now. Electronic music was just getting big so it would have been cool to have been a part of that.

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