[Bio] Unusual career: As a historian in the patent system

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[Bio] Unusual career: As a historian in the patent system [Bio] Unusual career: As a historian in the patent system I studied in Munich and Edinburgh recent and recent history in Munich with the minor subjects of Political Science and Medieval History and then specialized as a research assistant at the German Museum on technology and science history.

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The destination was the museum


During my doctorate, I wanted to find my professional future in the technical museum landscape. Fortunately, that did not work out! Instead, I initially accepted a position as an information researcher at a medium-sized company, which soon turned out to be a position for a patent researcher. This gave me a completely new field of activity, namely the patent system, through the back door.

During my years as a researcher, I intensively dealt with the patent system in general and at the end of time I wrote my first patent applications and worked as a patent manager (advising the inventors and decision makers in the field of patent law) CompanyDefinition of registration strategies, preparation of instructions for external patent attorneys, etc.).

Working in a patent attorney's office


Today I work in a small but very fine patent law firm, Beckord and Niedlich in the Bavarian Holzkirchen. In turn, I learn a lot of new things there and meanwhile work out patent applications for well-known companies and answer test reports. My "writing training" helps me tremendously with this job. In contrast to many engineers and scientists who are usually in the field of patents, I have already trained writing during my studies - as well as structured structuring of texts.

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Of course, I lack a technical / scientific background, which I had not acquired during my specialization in the history of technology. A prerequisite in my job is certainly the ability to get to grips with technical contexts again and again. But I am only slightly different than patent attorneys with a technical / scientific background: First, I have the advantage that I was working as a "border crossers" at an interface of many sciences (history, engineering, natural sciences, sociology and much more).

Diverse field of application


On the other hand, the field of application of patent attorneys is so versatile that you can get to know a wide variety of technologies and to work on these fields of technology so that trained engineers always have to work in the border areas of their field of expertise. Technologies that I use to write patents range from large-scale technical devices to control processes to small electrical appliances, mechanical superstructures, printing technologies, radio technologies and many more.

And there is something new every day! The tasks are very enjoyable, but I am also well supported and trained in my law firm, the position is very versatile and varied, and I often have insight into other companies, because I look at the inventions best directly on the spot. I can not complain about the salary: the pay is, of course, based on engineering salaries. In addition, it is important to note that in the patent industry, additional qualifications are necessary, which only a few engineers have: Many spiritual scientists, however, just do it!

The patent attorney is possible


My perspective as a "Patent Referee" I feel is very good: I'm sure well on the job market and sought after. Unfortunately, I can not call myself a "patent engineer" because I do not have the engineering title.

This is the professional title with which any patent expert would immediately link something, but a patent expert is now also a well-known term. Whether I am the stress antue and still try to become patent attorney, I do not know yet. Theoretically it is possible, however, only after 10 years of professional experience under the supervision of a patent attorney.

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    Can you tell me how to find work in Germany, the inventor?
    I patented something in his native Ukraine. What does not make sense here. I will try to draw attention to their ideas of German employers.
    It's a bit peculiar.

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