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.

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Bradford Careers Week 2008 Slide Show

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

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