Oscar Hummerstone

BSc Mechanical Engineering and MSc Computer Science

"As my experience has increased I’ve been given more autonomy, while also being encouraged to volunteer for extra responsibilities around the office."

University attended: University of Bath and Kent University

Degrees obtained: BSc Mechanical Engineering and MSc Computer Science

The first month in the role was spent on the new examiner training course, during which the intricacies of patent applications were introduced via lectures, seminars, and case work. The training course also provided a great opportunity to get to know the rest of my intake, many of whom had also recently moved to South Wales.

Once training was completed I was introduced to my supervisor and given live cases to work on. Initially, the subject matter was relatively simple – ranging from stairlift mechanisms to retractable dog leads - which meant I could concentrate on the legal aspects of the job without having to contend with complicated technologies.

Once I’d reached a level of competency, I was given the opportunity to move into an area more relevant to my qualifications – in my case, automotive gearboxes and control systems – providing the chance to work on applications from companies such as Jaguar Land Rover and Rolls Royce, and the opportunity to see first hand the research being done across the sector.

As my experience has increased I’ve been given more autonomy, while also being encouraged to volunteer for extra responsibilities around the office – from partaking in a reading programme in a local primary school, to working in the information centre, answering intellectual property queries from the general public.

Aside from having an interest in the subject matter, I’ve enjoyed my time at the IPO due to the various working benefits, such as flexible working hours, and the extremely positive atmosphere around the office. The clear opportunities for advancement through the organisation, and secondment within it, are also significant.

 

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