Copy­right is­sues

THE LOW­DOWN

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The role of a patent at­tor­ney is twofold. They pros­e­cute patent ap­pli­ca­tions be­fore the patent of­fice and help their clients (in­ven­tors or pro­pri­etors of in­ven­tions) to pro­tect their in­ven­tion by ob­tain­ing patent. Once patent is granted, their ad­vis­ing on li­cens­ing of patents forms a cru­cial part of their port­fo­lio. They also as­sist in su­ing for patent in­fringe­ments at the courts of law and ad­vise clients re­gard­ing fea­si­bil­ity of their in­ven­tion. A patent at­tor­ney must have a sci­ence back­ground be­cause if it is a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal or biotech in­ven­tion, then they have to un­der­stand what it is about. Ide­ally, a patent at­tor­ney is a le­gal pro­fes­sional who has to have ex­per­tise in at least one sci­en­tific field, be it biotech­nol­ogy, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals or elec­tron­ics, among oth­ers

CLOCK­WORK 9am: Meet­ing with the team of patent at­tor­neys and patent agents re­gard­ing the mat­ters listed be­fore the courts or at the patent of­fice 10.30am: Hear­ings be­fore the court or the patent of­fice 1pm: Lunch 2pm: Hear­ings be­fore the court 5pm: Draft­ing/re­search re­gard­ing the con­tentious and non con­tentious is­sues con­cern­ing patents 7pm: Meet­ings with clients 8pm: Leave for home

THE PAY­OFF Sky is the limit for this pro­fes­sion. The salary of a patent at­tor­ney de­pends on one’s tech­ni­cal and le­gal skills SKILLS/TRAITS Good com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills Given the com­plex­ity of cases, a tech­ni­cal spe­cial­i­sa­tion is ben­e­fi­cial in un­der­stand­ing the patented in­ven­tion

GET­TING THERE As per the In­dian Patent Law, there is no des­ig­na­tion of ‘patent at­tor­ney’. One needs to reg­is­ter at In­dian Patent Of­fice (IPO) first, then

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Right to act: A patent at­tor­ney helps clients to ob­tain patents and file law­suits in cases of in­fringe­ments by com­peti­tors

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