Senior IP Formalities Paralegal, Edwards Limited
I fell into the profession purely by chance. Having raised through the ranks of Private Secretary / Personal Assistant to various Company Chairmen, I needed something different and entered the world of computers and databases. After several years, I was offered a job with a pharmaceutical company implementing a new database. On my first day I discovered this was an Intellectual Property records system for which it was necessary to write all the required formalities actions! I knew nothing of IP law, so had a crash course in patents and formalities and read the old “brown books” (Kluwer law) - a peculiar choice of reading. Strangely, I was hooked. With every country having different laws, every day presented new challenges.
I sat the CIPA Administrators’ examination and passed with distinction. That was some twenty years ago, and I still enjoy every aspect of my career. I have since moved from pharmaceuticals to gases and chemicals, and am now happily ensconced in the IP department of Edwards Limited (now Vacuum Technique Atlas Copco), where I have been for 16 years.
I am not sure why I get so excited when filing multiple patent applications in one day and they receive consecutive numbers.
I was delighted when I was appointed to take on the role of Primary Examiner for the new CIPA Administrators’ exam, and take pleasure in seeing administrators studying, passing their exam and moving from strength to strength. I became actively involved in the CIPA Administrators’ Committee and the organisation of the annual Administrators’ Conference. There are so many opportunities that my only regret is that I didn’t come to the profession earlier.