FOR IP PROFESSIONALS

Patent examiner qualifications

In addition to being a graduate or an experienced professional, there are specific personal qualities and industry technologies we look for when recruiting patent examiners.

Successful applicants demonstrate the following qualities and skills:

Qualities

  • Openness to learning in a group setting.
  • Receptive to constructive feedback and have the ability to apply this in the performance of duties, both when in training and on the job.
  • Able to work collaboratively and cooperatively, and thrive in a diverse work group.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Recognise and respect the work preferences and different views of others.

Skills

We look for people with following attributes, if this sounds like you, we’d love for you to apply:

  • Sound technical knowledge and the ability to adapt your technical knowledge base
  • Ability to learn to apply legal concepts to your work
  • Highly developed research, analytical and conceptual thinking skills
  • Demonstrated ability to understand and articulate complex ideas both verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated desire for continued learning and ability to learn through feedback            
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Displays sound decision making skills

Technologies

We are particularly interested in people with qualifications and experience in:

  • mechanical engineering
  • medical devices
  • pure or applied chemistry, industrial chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry
  • physics
  • chemical engineering
  • electronics, telecommunications, computer engineering, computer science and electrical engineering.

Mechanical engineering

We seek engineers in a variety of disciplines including:

  • mechanical
  • transport, including automotive and marine
  • agricultural
  • civil
  • manufacturing
  • munitions
  • mining or petroleum engineering.

Medical devices

We seek engineers or scientists with a background or an interest in medical devices, such as:

  • heart valves
  • blood pumps
  • stents
  • prostheses
  • breathing-assistance devices
  • catheters
  • syringes.

Pure or applied chemistry, industrial chemistry, biotechnology, pharmacology, pharmaceuticals and biochemistry

We seek scientists with a strong background in at least one of the following:

  • biochemistry and synthetic organic chemistry
  • molecular biology, immunology and cell biology. In particular, we seek those with backgrounds in genome, developmental and stem-cell biology
  • biochemical, chemical, nucleic acid, peptide and immunological analysis and assays, particularly including:
    1. instrumental analysis
    2. use of array techniques in analysis
    3. protein/molecular screening
    4. protein/molecular diagnostics
    5. cell assay techniques.

Physics

We seek physicists with a strong background in at least one of the following:

  • semiconductor devices and processing
  • optical devices and systems
  • micro/nano technology
  • measurement and sensing.

Chemical engineering

We seek engineers with a strong background in at least one of the following:

  • hydrocarbons, fuels and lubricants
  • ventilation, refrigeration, heating/cooling, air conditioning and heat exchange
  • plastics moulding
  • layered products/laminates
  • vacuum cleaners and domestic cleaning
  • filters and separation.

Additional expertise in the following areas is also useful:

  • batteries and fuel cells
  • pollution control, treatment and sequestration
  • solar panels and solar cells.

Electronics, telecommunications, computer engineering, computer science and electrical engineering

We seek engineers or scientists with a strong background in at least one of the following:

  • telecommunications, internet protocols, wireless networks, wireless protocols or electronic control systems
  • data processing, computer software, e-commerce or speech recognition
  • information storage and retrieval technologies, and computer networks
  • power engineering and/or electrical components, such as switches and connectors.

Last Updated: 22/6/2015

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