Until next time

28 November 2014

What a week! The last week in Stockholm during our trainee program was the week where it finally happened. I'm not talking about something simple as a bonus or extra vacation week. Instead, we were introduced to the special aspect of the patent business relating to chemistry, pharmacy and biotechnology and further how to draft claims for a chemical patent application. As a recently graduated chemical engineer, that for the last couple of months has mostly worked with the technical fields of mechanics, IT and physics, it was indeed refreshing to see some structural and chemical formulas again, and work with a more familiar technical field. The lectures were very informative and interesting, and I am very excited to apply the new acquired knowledge in practice.

The week that passed also consisted of introduction to the international patent system, where we had a great discussion about the role of the international patent system, formalities and the always very interesting but complex topic of priority. Needless to say, a lot of coffee were had that day in the trainee program. From the discussion we had in the classroom one important question stands out that I will keep with me for the rest of my career, when writing a patent application or talking to a client, which is to establish: Why does the applicant want this patent?

A huge thank you must go to all the people at the Stockholm office, for being perfect hosts. I know we must have created some additional commotion sometimes and definitely creating longer queues at the coffee machine, that luckily resulted in great conversations concerning the patent law, cultural differences, and exciting stories from both the professional and personal life.

Hope to see you all again soon.

Simon Borkenfelt, Associate