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Bradford Careers Week 2008 Slide Show

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Slides from a presentation given to Bradford University undergraduates, about becoming a patent or trade mark attorney.

Slides from a presentation given to Bradford University undergraduates, about becoming a patent or trade mark attorney.

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  • 1. Becoming a Patent/Trade Mark Attorney By John-Paul Rooney CPA EPA BRADFORD LAW CAREERS WEEK 2008
  • 2. Session Overview
    • Motivation
    • Substance
        • IP – what is it/why is it important?
        • The Patent Attorney’s Role
        • Necessary Skills
    • Where to apply/resources
    • 40 minutes + questions
  • 3. Motivation
    • Probably the best job in the world
    • Stimulating
        • Technically
    • Challenging
        • Legally/Commercially
    • Rewarding
        • Job satisfaction
        • Financially
  • 4. Substance
    • A closer look at IP
        • What is it?
        • Why is it important?
    • The role of a Patent/TM Attorney
        • What does she do?
        • What skills are required?
  • 5. What is IP?
    • Intellectual – a product of the mind
    • Property – something tangible which can be:
        • owned
        • sold
        • rented
  • 6. Main Types of IP
    • Patents
        • how things work
    • TMs
        • what things are called
    • Designs
        • how things look
    • Copyright
        • “ artistic” works
  • 7. A closer look at IP
    • The right to stop
        • Copying
        • Making
        • Selling
        • Etc.
    • A commercial tool
        • Profit-making
        • Deal-making
  • 8. The Role of a Patent/TM Attorney
    • To advise and add value
        • Identify Rights
        • Protect Rights
        • Defend Rights
        • Attack Rights
    • Where
        • With clients
        • At the Patent Offices/In Court?
        • Internationally
  • 9. Case Study
    • The “Screwpull” Corkscrew
    • Mr Allen
  • 10.  
  • 11. Case Study
    • Patent Claim:
        • A corkscrew having a helix coated with a friction reducing material
        • Self-pulling type
        • Plus “fall-back” positions including an arrangement for control and centring of the helix
  • 12. Case Study
    • Brabantia (UK) Limited
    • Exhibition
        • letter before action
    • Later Sale of Product
        • injunction & full trial
    • Findings
        • Main claim infringed but claim invalid – because PTFE on corkscrews was obvious
        • Back-up claim to guide and control mechanism infringed and valid
        • Competitor kept out of market for 20 years
  • 13. Skills
    • Technical
        • Patent Attorneys Only
        • Engineering or Science
    • Legal
        • Basic knowledge of English Law
        • Detailed knowledge of Patent/TM/Designs/Copyright Law – UK, Europe and International Agreements
    • Analysis
        • Technical - what are the technical issues?
        • Commercial – what are the commercial issues?
        • Legal – where does the solution lie?
    • Communication
        • Writing – letters to clients and patent offices
        • Oral – client meetings and oral proceedings
  • 14. Positions
    • Private Practice
        • e.g. Appleyard Lees
    • In-house/corporate
        • Electronics - BT, IBM
        • Chemicals – ICI
        • Biotech - AstraZeneca
  • 15. Private Practice - Advantages
      • Variety
      • Autonomy
      • Long-term financial
  • 16. In-house - Advantages
      • Teamwork
      • Depth of work
      • Commercial view
  • 17. Alternatives
    • IP Solicitor
        • Deal-making
        • Litigation (e.g. creating case on paper, evidence collection)
    • Barrister
        • Opinion Work
        • Advocacy
    • Patent/TM Examiner
        • UK Office
        • European Offices
  • 18. Review
    • One of you will probably make a great Patent/TM Attorney
    • You are fortunate
    • It’s one of the best jobs in the world, because:
        • Challenging
        • Stimulating
        • Rewarding
  • 19. How to Apply
    • Write a focussed CV
        • Technical Skills
        • Writing Skills (demonstrate with a well-written CV)
        • Emphasis on the reader
    • Write a focussed Letter
        • Show awareness
        • Mention your motivation (my talk?)
        • Demonstrate writing skill
    • Prepare for interviews
        • Think about IP
        • Think about how things work
  • 20.
      • Inside Careers guide
          • www.insidecareers.co.uk
      • Official Websites
          • www.cipa.org.uk
          • www.itma.org.uk
          • www.ipo.gov.uk
    Further information