5 November 2015

The Industry Placement Program offers real-world development opportunities for intellectual property (IP) professionals so they can refresh and continue to build their technical expertise and see first-hand the application and use of IP by other organisations.

Rebecca Martin, a trade mark examiner here at IP Australia headed to Telstra in May 2015 to undertake her industry placement.

‘Taking part in the program was really worthwhile’, Rebecca said. ‘It allowed me to experience the broad range of IP issues a large corporation like Telstra faces on a daily basis. I also got to see the processes and operations they use to manage their IP, especially in relation to trade mark applications which is my area of focus.’

‘Thanks to the practical nature of the placement, being immersed in another organisation, I now have a better understanding of Telstra’s business imperatives and operations that sit behind their applications for IP rights. It broadened my view of what applicants as a whole consider and hope for in applying for IP rights. As an examiner sitting at the other end of these applications, this insight will improve my own work and ability to respond to trade mark applications in the future, and that’s a positive thing.’

Following Rebecca’s placement, we hosted Carolina Defazio, an IP paralegal from Telstra.

‘I love to learn and challenges motivate me’, Carolina said. ‘The opportunity to experience first-hand how another organisation works that simultaneously enables me to add value to my role at Telstra is a win-win for me.’

‘I had a jam-packed schedule at IP Australia and was exposed to so many areas. Trade marks are my thing, but not only did I gain greater insight into how they work but also to other areas like patents and designs thanks to the willingness of the groups I met with.

‘I now have a better understanding of the examination process and legislation and this will help me give more valued advice to my Telstra clients.

‘It was refreshing to see the examiners having open discussions and really caring about the outcomes of the applications they’re reviewing; they’re not sitting there trying to deny applications.’ 

The Industry Placement Program offers four placements each year and last for up to four weeks. Matches are made through a nomination process to ensure both individuals and organisations get the most out of the experience. Since it began in 2014, four placements have been held with participants pairing up with large national and multi-national corporations in the food and beverage, research and development and telecommunications industries.

If you are interested in taking part in the Industry Placement Program you can find the various ways to connect with us at Contact us.

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