Name and qualifications
Will. Bachelor of Science (Hons) Chemistry.
Current position at IP Australia
Examiner of Patents, Chemistry.
How did you find out about IP Australia?
I attended an Australian Employment Expo in London to learn more about working in Australia. IP Australia had a display and a number of friendly, knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions.
What made you choose to work at IP Australia? Was there anything specific about the Agency that stood out to you?
I chose to work at IP Australia because of the good working conditions and unique opportunities the Agency offered. Also the assistance given to me and my partner in relocating from the UK and settling in Canberra was one of the specific things that stood out for me. It was greatly appreciated and made us feel welcome. Knowing that someone else is working to get you up and running as soon as possible really helped alleviate the stress of such an upheaval.
What interests you most about the area of patent examination?
It would have to be the variety and challenge. What interests me the most about patent examination is getting to look at and examine inventions that are outside my normal field of research.
How does working in patents in Australia compare to similar roles in the UK?
This is the first non lab-based role that I have worked in, so I can’t really compare it to any previous work that I have done. What I can say is that it is certainly rewarding and it helps that it has that investigative element, so prevalent in lab work.
What is the most interesting thing about your job at IP Australia?
The most interesting thing about being a patent examiner is seeing a broad range of inventions within different chemical technical fields. I am also encouraged by the dedication shown by the many business groups across the whole organisation.
How do you find the training and professional development offered by IP Australia?
Patent examination is a multi faceted and dynamic field. The initial training can be quite intense if you haven’t been involved in this type of work before. However it all comes together well once you are on-the-job.
There are a lot of relevant, well constructed in-house courses run by the Learning Centre and attendance at domestic or overseas technical conferences is also valued.
How do you find the general culture of the IP Australia workplace?
IP Australia is a diverse and multicultural organisation and has a workforce with a wealth of knowledge and different experiences. The friendly and inclusive culture at IP Australia promotes this diversity.
What would you highlight to potential applicants considering a career with IP Australia? Especially international applicants.
I would recommend researching and getting an insight into how the patent system works. If you’re thinking of moving to Australia I also found the Immigration website had some useful stuff about getting settled.
How do you find living in Canberra?
Once I got settled in (and managed to get a car) Canberra really opened up. There is a lot to do in and around the city. It’s an easy place to live and very family friendly.
Last Updated: 02/4/2014