1. Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee
The Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee assists in the drafting and filing of patent applications under supervision. He/She works closely with inventors and researchers in the process, and also assists in monitoring timelines while ensuring compliance to regulatory requirements and ethical guidelines. He also conducts patent-related searches to facilitate the patent drafting and filing process and liaises with inventors and researchers on the written opinions and/or office actions of the patent examiners.
The Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee prepares budget reports based on expenses incurred, as well as conducts research into potential business opportunities to facilitate management’s decision making. He also engages in continuous professional development activities to deepen his expertise and knowledge.
The Patent Attorney Trainee/Patent Agent Trainee has a good grasp of local patent regulatory regimes and has good communication skills to establish relationships with key stakeholders, inventors and researchers. He has good written skills to draft technical documents, and is able to understand and interpret scientific and technology-based information.
2. Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent
The Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent files patents on behalf of the organisation and/or clients. To facilitate this, he/she conducts interviews with inventors and researchers to better understand the technology in order to draft specifications, invention abstracts and drawings. He also proposes responses to patent examiners’ written opinions and/or office actions while ensuring that regulatory requirements and timelines are adhered to. He liaises closely with internal and/or external litigation counsel on patent-related litigation matters, while providing advice on patent infringements and validity.
The Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent coaches others and ensures adherence to ethical guidelines and regulatory requirements. He maintains a network within the intellectual property (IP) community and is able to identify business opportunities and/or growth areas for the organisation and/or clients to explore.
The Senior Patent Attorney/Senior Patent Agent/Patent Attorney/Patent Agent possesses sound knowledge of the science and technology underpinning the inventions. He possesses excellent communication skills when collaborating with inventors and researchers and has the ability to translate technical knowledge for patent submissions. He is required to fulfil the requirements of registration as a patent agent as defined in Rules 6 and 7, Patents (Patent Agents) Rules 2001 and application for a practising certificate as defined in Rule 9, Patents (Patent Agents) Rules 2001.
The Partner/Director/Principal oversees the organisation’s and/or clients’ patent strategy and oversees the international and local filing of patents in accordance with regulatory requirements. He/She grows organisation’s and/or clients’ patent portfolios and provides expert advice on patent-related issues. He oversees matters related to patent infringements and patent litigation, and advises the organisation and/or clients on responses to examiners’ written opinions and/or office actions. The Partner/Director/Principal also drives the organisation’s business development function by identifying new growth areas for the organisation.
The Partner/Director/Principal oversees a team to ensure that organisational targets and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are communicated and achieved. He leads the talent management function for the team and explores new and/or emerging technology to determine its relevance to the organisation in enhancing work processes and increase productivity.
The Partner/Director/Principal has a sound grasp of local and international patent regulatory regimes and is able to provide sound advice when faced with complex scenarios. As an expert in his field, he may be called upon to provide opinions and to share his expertise at public forums.