WIPO fellow 2018 Janette Yeung

It’s the people that make any workplace a success. That’s why we’ve decided to run a short series where we focus the spotlight on some of our remarkable staff. See our earlier article about Julia.

Here we feature this year’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Fellowship recipient Janette Yeung.

Born in Hong Kong, raised in Adelaide but now a self-proclaimed Canberra local, experienced trade marks and designs examiner and project officer Janette Yeung is about to spread her wings in Geneva on secondment to WIPO. Janette is the successful IP Australia applicant in the highly competitive 2019 WIPO Fellowship Program.

Janette has travelled around the world for most of her life, owning more passports than she can count on one hand, but has never been to Switzerland so is looking forward to living there for a year eating cheese fondues and hiking the Swiss peaks.

She will join 17 other Fellows from around the world to assist with WIPO processing of Madrid Protocol applications for trade marks.

With tertiary qualifications in law, languages and IP, Janette has played a significant role in many critical projects at IP Australia. Janette has been at IP Australia for 6 ½ years but has had a variety of roles in that time. She was seconded to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in 2015 as part of the Country of Origin Labelling taskforce in 2015. This taskforce resulted in a new labelling scheme on food products in Australia and also proposed a new way of indexing and examining Chinese character trade marks that was implemented in 2014.

When asked about what she loves most about her work here Janette said that while the workplace was flexible, provides a number of opportunities and the work was interesting, the best thing about working at IP Australia is the people.

‘I’ve been really fortunate to work in fantastic teams with great people and I’ve only gotten to where I am now with the support of various key people along the way. You can have the best job in the world but if you don’t have the right people it doesn’t work’.

When she’s not in the office, you can catch Janette running on the Canberra trails. Instead of dodging the kangaroos she’ll soon be outrunning the wolves and bears! She’s also looking forward to making networks across the world and bringing this international awareness back to her work at IP Australia.

Working as a trade mark examiner

Are you wondering what it would be like to work as a trade mark examiner? See our 'day in the life' video and keep an eye on our careers page as we're planning another recruitment round early next year.

Published: 
20 December 2018