Posts by: Ulf Håkansson | (2) posts

Courage – a child’s game

I’ve eaten scorpions, mountaineered in hard conditions in the Swiss Alps and even hosted a full kindergarten party in my living room, but that doesn’t make me courageous. As a child, I used to be braver. Children show courage! The child naturally tries new things and fails, laughs, tries again and fails, cries, imitates others, follows advice (at least sometimes), then tries again and succeeds.

Awapatent acknowledges this in their trainee program. The didactic approach is pragmatic – all topics are approached with a business perspective to provide the best IP solutions for our clients. In a period of seven months, engineering graduates with diverse backgrounds are trained in IP, intellectual property; patent law, patent applications drafting, licensing, litigation etc.

The schedule is dense, the workload heavy, numerous assignment deadlines to meet, but the atmosphere reflects openness and warmth. Theory and practice are carefully interwoven to provide time for reflection and practice. Among questions and comments, there is passion in the air.

The trainee program gives you a unique opportunity to acquire new skills in relation to intellectual property. Time is well spent and the learning curve steep! I strongly recommend it, if you have a child’s courage…

Ulf Håkansson, Associate (Trainee 2012)

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Elementary, my dear Watson

When reading a novel the other day, I came across a statement by a consulting detective. What one man can invent another can discover.” (Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Dancing Men) Having newly entered the IP world, I began to wonder if Holmes would actually qualify as a patent consultant. 

Let’s start by listing a few qualities of a full-blood IP consultant, identified by someone having just spent the first couple of weeks at his home office. It should be safe to state that a consultant would need at least one of the following qualities; logic reasoning, technical knowledge, language skills, and last but not least business skills.

Now to Holmes. His deductive and logic powers are widely known, and like Watson recalls in A Study in Scarlet Holmes has profound knowledge of chemistry as well as good practical knowledge of British law. We learn that Holmes knows German, French, and Latin so providing him with ‘Swedish for Beginners’ together with ‘Introduction to Swedish Law’ should do the job. Finally, let’s consider one of his own accounts: It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.” (A Case of Identity) Surely a good mind set for dissecting an IP problem.

We may conclude that Holmes indeed would be suitable as an IP consultant and for all of us following the patent path there is much to learn about sound reasoning and tactics from Watsons accounts of the triumphs of the consulting detective.  Perhaps a novel or two should be compulsory reading and just like The Annotated European Patent Convention be found on every IP consultant’s bookshelf. But then again, how hard can it be really. “I listen to their story, they listen to my comments, and then I pocket my fee.(Sherlock Holmes, Baker’s Bread)

Ulf Håkansson, Associate