Close to nine months ago twelve eager trainees started an exciting journey. Looking back, they had no idea what they were getting themselves into. I do believe all of them had some idea but none had the same idea and perhaps more importantly no one had the right idea. Bit by bit however, the puzzle became clearer, only to be blurred again by more information, new words, new laws and new guidelines. Strangely, most of these new Associates stayed with the company, and they grew, nurturing from the vast collective information source that Awapatent is.
One interesting aspect of the Trainee programme seems to be to realize that the more I learn – that is, the more I know – the more I realize that I don’t know. Now this can either render a person sad, or as it seems in this case, it may open up for new possibilities, development and opportunities. Because no matter how hard anyone tries there is no end to the growing, learning and continuous education of you, within the area of IP.
We are now closing in on the end of the nine-month long Trainee programme. The irony of it all is that although these twelve Associates realize how much we don’t know, we are now more than willing (we are all eager and anxious) to happily take on the new challenges that the world of IP has to offer us. So in a sense, now is not the end, it’s just the beginning.
Sandra Lindvall, Associate