Archive | 2012, September | (3) posts

Ideal conditions to learn about the world of IP

The first theory period of the trainee programme is coming to an end. It has been intensive weeks filled with lectures, but also with social activities such as the annual crayfish party at the Gothenburg office. Since the trainee programme started in the beginning of September we have visited Awapatent’s offices  in Malmö, Gothenburg, Stockholm and, most recently, the office in Linköping on a one-day-trip from Stockholm.

After many years at university I thought I finally had finished school once and for all. Now, only two years later, I am finding myself back in the class room again, learning quite different things from what I have been studying before. The IP world is new for most of us and for sure there is much to learn. We will have several years of hard work and studies ahead of us. However, as trainees we are given ideal conditions for succeeding with this task since, in my opinion, being a trainee must be the best way of starting a new job. Quite fast you get an overview of both the field which you will work within as well as of the company, and not to forget, you meet a lot of colleagues from the different offices.

During these first weeks, time has flown as it usually does when you have fun and a lot of things to do. I am now looking forward to the weeks at the home office to get some time to practice what we have learnt so far.

Elin Carlegrim, Associate

It’s time for the first patent application

The “trainee tour” has moved on to Gothenburg and we have now spent almost three weeks in the world of IP and the pace of learning is increasing. The first two weeks gave us a comprehensive introduction to patents and now we have been assigned the task of writing our own patent application, which is an interesting and most challenging task at this stage. Although the patent claims are provided to us in this particular assignment, we have had a few study sessions of how to write claims, so the fog that surrounds this challenging topic is starting to clear up for all of us.

We also discussed a fictional case described as a smorgasbord of opportunities for Awapatent consultants. The smorgasbord case concerned a company with its own R&D department that acquired a second company mainly for their IP-portfolio. It turned out that we in this case could provide services within design, trademarks, agreements, litigation, due diligence, among many other things. In another lecture, it was also interesting to hear about how design may penetrate patents, trademarks, and copyright, apart from being a field of IP in itself. It certainly feels like the diverse world of IP is opening up more and more.

Tonight we are going to experience the annual crayfish party at the Gothenburg office, which is one of many examples of fun activities happening within Awapatent. We still have no clue about any surprises that may appear at this event!

We are only half way through the first theory period of five weeks so there is a lot more to come; the next stop on the trainee tour 2012/2013 is Stockholm!

Fredrik Öisjöen, Associate

A new study year at Awapatent’s trainee programme

After the first few days we are starting to grasp how much there is to learn and master. Everything from law, business and creativity to sales and of course science and technology are all parts of what will become our ordinary day – although  I’m not entirely sure that you can call a combination of so diverse fields ‘ordinary’?

IP is an interesting field where so many things are happening right now. It seems like the Apple vs. Samsung case has made the public more aware of patents; last week half the front page of an ordinary newspaper was referring to articles regarding patents. And a few days ago there was a news story on Swedish national television about patents being just as important as R&D for technical companies.

As trainees we have an interesting time ahead; we’ll both get to know each other and we will feel like students once again. What could be a better start in a new field than to spend this much time with senior consultants at the company and to get the opportunity to get to know the different regions and offices? And at the same time learn about the history of the company and see its vitality, always looking into new business cases and looking for improvements?

Magnus Gyllenhammar, Associate