Profile - Patent examiner (Simon)
Name and qualifications
Simon. Bachelor of Science in Nanotechnology and Diploma of Innovation Management
Current position at IP Australia & commencement of employment
Patent Examiner, since February 2011.
How did you find out about IP Australia?
It's hard to pin point it exactly, but IP Australia was certainly known of at university.
What made you choose to start your career at IP Australia?
I have a strong interest and passion for intellectual property and starting my career at the centre of IP in Australia seemed like the logical thing to do. I enjoyed reading about the latest scientific advancements in my free time prior to working at IP Australia; getting paid to do it now is a win-win for me.
What is the most interesting thing about (a) your job and (b) working at IP Australia?
At the moment it is learning about the complicated world of patent law. It is an industry I never knew existed a few years ago and I'm now discovering the important role it has in so many areas of science and technological advancement. Plus, being an avid gamer, it's always cool when you get to examine the latest patent application from Microsoft or Sony with regards to video game developments.
Is there a particular project you have been involved with at IP Australia that you especially enjoyed? Why?
I was recently placed in charge of the mentoring program for new examiners. This has allowed me to get to know more of my colleagues - new staff as well as established, experienced patent examiners - as I figure out who would be the right mentor for each new examiner starting at IP Australia.
How do you find the training and professional development offered by IP Australia?
The opportunities at IP Australia for training and professional development are great and many. There is a dedicated department responsible for organising all of our initial training for the first year or so and then they continue to assist us in finding ways we can develop professionally. It's not my fault that a lot of the nanotechnology conferences are taking place in Europe is it?!
How do you find the general culture of the IP Australia workplace?
Friendly and very supportive. My section offers a very relaxed and quiet atmosphere and given that a lot of my work is individually focused, this is a perfect environment. Having said that, down the corridor is the break out room and it's not hard to find a group of people to have a drink and laugh with at various times of the day.
What would you highlight to potential applicants considering a career with IP Australia?
After leaving uni I wanted to work in a science related position but didn't want to be stuck in a lab, so IP seemed like the obvious choice. The salary and working conditions are hard to beat for a graduate or for anyone really. My hours are flexible between the hours of 7am and 7pm which is great.
If you moved here for the job, how do you find living in Canberra?
Being born and raised in Sydney, moving to Canberra was a bit of a change for me but I'm settled now and enjoying all the benefits Canberra has to offer. Peak hour on the roads lasts for about 15 minutes and by peak hour I mean that there are twenty cars in front of you instead of two. They will resurface a stretch of road before any potholes or cracks appear on it. It doesn't rain very often and as long as you can handle the colder temperatures you won't have too much to complain about weather wise.
Thanks largely to all the graduate programs that the government offers, there is a decent social scene to be found around the place. Finding the crowds when the nightly temperatures are in single digits, and occasionally have a negative sign in front, is a different story.
Last Updated: 13/12/2012