Stockholm syndrome

24 October 2014

The final week of the first study period has come to an end. To say that the week was intense would be an understatement.

The week, as well as the previous week, was spent at the Stockholm office. The week started off with a two day course in rhetoric, the art of using language to communicate effectively and persuasively, where we were taught all about ethos, logos and pathos as well as rhetorical devices to add to our arsenal of means to inform, to convince or to persuade. The course also gave us the opportunity to practice speaking in front of the other trainees and to get positive feedback on what was good and what could be improved.

The rest of the week was spent with more claim drafting exercises with increasing difficulty as well as a first lecture in translations. Translations used to be large source of work for a patent firm but since the London agreement's date of commencement in 2008 the amount of translations have declined. Nowadays Sweden only requires the translation of the claims, of a granted European patent, into Swedish. This means that we will not do as many translations as other AWA-trainees in the past but it is still a great way for an eager-to-learn trainee to get familiar with claims and claim language.

The highlight of the week was without doubt the "Italian night" arranged by the co-workers at the Stockholm office. We got a chance to get to know the people working at the office over some food and drinks.

As I am writing this post I am sitting on the train swooshing past small towns in the Swedish countryside on my way home to Gothenburg where a four week home office period awaits.

The first five week study period has come to an end. To say that the period was intense would be an understatement.

Per Sjöberg, Associate