From theory to practice – a trainee’s perspective

In Insights, Uncategorized

1 March, 2013

Although we have only scratched the surface of the complex patent world comprising “Patent Law Theory”, “Patent Application Procedure and Examination”, “Technology Licensing”,  “Litigation Practice” etc. it was boosting to come home and apply at least some of the knowledge we have gained during the trainee courses. The shifts between intensive trainee courses and home office practice seem to form an ideal bridge to quickly learn to do client work.

Since September 2012 the learning curve on intellectual property law has been steep but we have also been taught a great deal about ourselves: who we are, or rather who we are becoming. Personally, I have a longer background in research before starting as a trainee at Awapatent and I must say I am surprised to realize how sudden I have adapted to the IP culture. Hence, the conversion from one way of working to another has been surprisingly straightforward. Also, the IP theory may be difficult to comprehend and apply but now the light at the end of the tunnel is appearing. This, I ascribe the bridging between theory and practice.

Although we are all eager to become great patent attorneys I believe it is important to remember “He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying” (Friedrich Nietzsche).

In other words, the process of converting theory in to practice I believe is key to become a successful qualified patent attorney.

Helle Friis Svenstrup, Awapatent Trainee

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