Four prospective patent attorneys are getting industry-leading training thanks to intellectual property firm Wynne Jones IP. Trainee Patent Attorneys Ozgur Aydin, Henry Bissell and Jae Kim Kang and Senior Trainee Patent Attorney Matthew Veale have been selected to join the firm’s highly regarded internal training academy programme.
As part of the dynamic programme, trainees undertake a specially developed training plan focussing on developing their IP law and business management skills, with modules including technical patents; general business skills; finance; and client relationship management.
They also receive expert support throughout from the firm’s highly qualified patent attorneys and business support staff, as well as guidance from within each specialist team to prepare them for a career in the intellectual property profession.
The trainees will be working alongside patent attorney Dr Elliott Davies in the Physics team, patent attorney, partner and training academy leader Vicki Strachan and patent attorney and partner Danny Butler in the Engineering team as part of their in-house training programme.
This will allow them to gain first-hand skills in dealing with industries including computing; software and apps; electronics; communications and mobile; manufacturing and engineering; medical devices and medtech; opto-electronics and photonics and semiconductors and materials.
Mr Veale and Mr Aydin will be based at the firm’s Cardiff office and Mr Bissell and Mr Kang will be based at the firm’s Cheltenham office predominantly supporting Wynne Jones IP’s client base nationally and internationally.
On his appointment, Mr Veale, from Wales, said: “To be accepted onto this traineeship is fantastic news. I chose Wynne Jones IP as the scheme allows me to experience first-hand how the patent attorneys maintain relationships with their clients and support their developing IP needs.
“I really liked the more hands on approach this programme took and I can’t wait to get started. Geographically for me it also made sense. It meant I could train not too far from where I live, but also work alongside clients both locally in Wales but also nationally.”
Mr Aydin, originally from Turkey, agreed with his fellow trainee, saying that for him it meant an opportunity to immerse himself in a growing firm with strong international links.
He said: “As someone who wants to develop their skills on an international level, Wynne Jones IP’s links with AIPEX were extremely attractive.
“It means that I am not restricted to just working across Wales, I can also establish working relationships with international clients going forwards, if I wish to do so. There are not many firms that offer that extremely varied level of opportunity.”
Vicki Strachan, who is overseeing the in-house training programme, which is currently in its second year, said this year’s recruits were set to receive expert support from across the business.
Vicki Strachan said: “We are thrilled that Ozgur, Matthew, Henry and Jae will be joining our highly regarded training academy. The training programme provides budding patent attorneys with all the unparalleled experience they need to hone their skills in a highly specialist environment.
“We feel that we offer something truly unique to our trainees providing them with vital IP law experience and business skills they require to make them truly successful in this profession. We look forward to working with them.”