Susan Philcox is the Knowledge Business Intellectual Property Manager at Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International, an early adopter of the new Instant Rights Product at IPR. We caught up with her to find out what a day in her life is like at CABI.
What time do you usually wake up?
On working days, my alarm is set for 6:15am but I often wake a bit before then.
Where did you spend your day? Do you have to travel?
I work on the outskirts of Wallingford in Oxfordshire, by the Thames. I live in Oxford and it’s an easy 25 minute journey to and from work.
What’s the first thing you do when you start work?
Switch on my laptop and make myself a cup of hot water and lemon and then settle down to my emails.
How did you end up in this role?
I’d been increasingly focusing on copyright and related issues in my previous role and then, two years ago, senior management decided they needed someone to focus more on intellectual property, and also on subsidiary rights, so I was moved into a new role. This has evolved over the last couple of years so that I now spend much more time on a range of IP and data protection issues across the organisation. And this is why IPR’s Instant Rights will be so helpful as it will free up my time to concentrate on those other issues, as well as promoting CABI’s books to a wider audience.
Who do you see at work?
I’m in an office by myself so I tend to bump into people from other departments when making hot drinks in the kitchen. I work on some things with the Books Editorial and Production teams and projects I’m running mean I have a lot to do with staff in Finance, Commercial, HR and IT.
What makes you procrastinate the most?
Sometimes I look out of the window at a beautiful tree…and then I remember what I should be doing!
What is the best part of your day?
The beginning of the day when it’s all quiet and I can get on with things without interruptions. I generally get to work at 7:30am and there aren’t many people in then so I can get through a lot before the email really begins to hot up.
What do you hope to accomplish in the day?
Today, I want to finish the analysis on a data protection audit, comment on a licence for our North American Sales team, check on the status of our press release about Instant Rights and follow up on some potential translation deals as well as dealing with emails, etc.
How was the the weather today?
We’ve had a brief thunderstorm but that’s passed now. We needed more rain.
Any surprises today?
Goodness only knows! I might think I know what the day will have in store for me but the unexpected often occurs. In fact, I thought I knew what I’d be focusing on this year and that has changed completely.
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