Profile - Patent examiner (Nicole)
Nicole, Patent Examiner
(Bachelor of Science, Graduate Diploma of Reproductive Science)
Lab work doesn't appeal to Nicole. Working as a patent examiner was a way to continue her involvement with science while steering clear of the white lab coat. Nicole undertook comprehensive examiner training, and she currently specialises in the fields of pharmaceuticals and cosmetics.
Nicole has extended her expertise and is currently exploring legal and technical issues, including the analysis of court decisions and assisting with submissions. Learning opportunities have included training as a hearing officer, allowing her to issue rulings on disputed patents.
"Part of my training has involved a stint in our oppositions, hearings and legislation section which I enjoyed immensely. I've also attended different scientific conferences around Australia."
Nicole also enjoys representing her colleagues as a member of IP Australia's workplace committee, and negotiating the certified agreement defining staff pay and conditions.
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Last Updated: 31/7/2014