Class of 2006 Paris Graduate
D. Young & Co.
Patent engineering is organized around the different stages in applying for a patent, from the first technical discussions with the inventors until the patent is delivered, including exchanges with patent offices (mainly European and English). The work is divided into intellectual property law and technical aspects, which are necessary in order to understand and provide better protection for the inventions. Practically speaking, in the office I work on the technologies coming from international clients (English, Japanese, American) covering multiple domains: mechanics (cars, planes), telecommunications, medical appliances, electronics, thermodynamics, and materials. There is always room for an engineer in a company's intellectual property department.
This work has the advantage of being extremely varied, stimulating and very intellectually satisfying. Firstly, the legal context in which I work is an unusual setting for an engineer, and innovative technologies are undeniably interesting from a technical point of view! This work is perfectly suited to someone who is looking for variety in their work and who wants to retain a technical aspect without necessarily working in R&D. The fact of working in the UK, the level of English required and the legal aspects of the work (and the absence of French colleagues!) also enable me to considerably improve my English.
Telecom ParisTech provides a particularly good preparation for this work by giving us a technical culture in domains that are not generally covered before we reach the school. An engineer who is competent not only in maths, physics and chemistry but also in telecommunications, networks, optics and electronics is very much sought after for this type of work because this wide range of skills is rare.