IP specialists mark exam success
4th September 2018
Sri Dhevi Santhana Dass recently passed the final two exams required to become a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Sri’s route to becoming a trade mark attorney is particularly remarkable as it began with working in the IP (intellectual property) department of one of the largest legal firms in Malaysia, advising clients on both contentious and non-contentious trade mark and design matters. Indeed, she is an advocate and solicitor qualified in Malaysia.
On moving to the UK in 2011, Sri qualified as a solicitor in England and Wales. Sri commenced her training to become a trade mark attorney at a large regional trade mark and patent practice in the UK prior to joining the trade marks team at AdamsonJones in June 2017. Sri undertook on-the-job training and a part-time practice course at Nottingham Law School.
Sri works out of both the Leicester office at Friars Mill and the firm’s Nottingham office at BioCity, where she provides advice on a wide range of trade mark issues including trade mark availability and registrability; filing and prosecution of UK, EU, and international trade marks; and brand management. Sri also advises on design protection.
Sri said, “I am grateful for the mentoring and advice that I have received and continue to receive from Simon and Dave with regards my training. Everyone at AdamsonJones, from the attorneys to the IP administrators has been incredibly supportive”
Cory Stobart joined AdamsonJones in September 2017 as a senior patent assistant, based in the firm’s Nottingham office at BioCity, and has already made his ‘mark’ on the firm. Following his outstanding performance in the UK Patent Attorney Qualifying Examinations Cory was awarded the Keith Farwell Prize for the candidate passing FC5 with the highest mark.
Cory said, “Even though I had only been with the firm for a short space of time, everyone at AdamsonJones offered me huge support with my revision, and in settling into the job so that I could focus on the exams.”
Cory is now working towards the final four exams, to become a Chartered UK Patent Attorney, which he is due to take in October. He then hopes to take the European qualifying exams in 2019.
Cory’s areas of technical expertise include medical devices, engineering and design, electronics and software.
Simon Cooper, managing director at AdamsonJones, said “We congratulate Sri and Cory who have both done exceptionally well in their studies. AdamsonJones has a strong history of training new entrants to the profession and look for high calibre individuals with a record of academic achievement who can contribute to the continuing growth of our business.”
As a result of the growth of the Leicester office the firm has recently recruited a graduate to train as a patent attorney working primarily with mechanical and electrical technologies.