Profile - Patent examiner (Daniel)
Bachelor of Engineering (Mechanical), Gradruate Diploma of Industrial Design, Master of Engineering (Manufacturing), Master of Business (Operations Management)
Current employment speciality
Mechanical, Construction and Mining
What were you doing before joining IP Australia and how did you hear about us?
I was living in Sydney, working as a barista for Coffee Club and Michel's Patisserie until I found out about IP Australia through a job website.
Why did you apply to become a Patent Examiner?
The perceived patent examiner culture of seeing the latest developments in engineering and distinctly being at the forefront of technology, prompted me to apply for the position of a patent examiner.
How did you find the selection process and training program?
After being through the selection process of several private sector companies, I found that IP Australia had a selection process that was rather professional and relaxed. I found the range of questions in the interview to be well-balanced and articulate, and particularly enjoyed deducing the fragments of law that were presented to be interpreted.
Training at IP Australia is most certainly a jewel in the crown of the patent examiner experience. The opportunity to make friends with people from other technology areas, and the appropriate mix of classes, assignments, tutorials and on-the-job training, make the training program an episode that is most memorable.
What do you like most about your job?
Knowing that I play a part in promoting innovation within a world-wide patent system is the best thing about my job. I take a lot of pride in my work, and I'm continually reminded of its significance, particularly when something I've examined appears on TV or is used in a day-to-day application.
What do you think is the best thing about working at IP Australia?
IP Australia is highly supportive of a healthy work-life balance, as a result of which I never seem to run out of time for music, reading, soccer and languages. In spite of the important nature and responsibilities of the job, there is always adequate time to cultivate an enriched life outside work.
What opportunities have you had since joining IP Australia?
I've had opportunities ranging from representing the organisation in job expos to being a part of various training and development activities. Remarkably beneficial were the experiences of working in corporate communications, and the training received through the management to leadership program.
What would you highlight to potential applicants considering a career with IP Australia?
With highly cooperative staff, flexible working hours and several developmental opportunities, IP Australia is an ideal place for anyone who is after a challenging and rewarding career.
How do you like living in Canberra?
I personally find a sense of serenity in Canberra, which is hard to find in many places. While Canberra does not have the same buzz that Sydney or Melbourne does, it does offer a relaxed and comfortable environment for people who have an inclination towards sports, arts etc.
Last Updated: 13/12/2012