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Statutory patents work in developing countries

Submitted by Vipin Saroha
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You are invited to join Mr. David Barford, former Patent Examiner of the UK Intellectual Property Office and Mr. Richard Aching, Manager, Technical Examination in the Intellectual Property Office of Trinidad and Tobago to chat on statutory patents work in developing countries.

Brief CVs of the Experts:

Mr. David Barford

Graduating from Nottingham University with a degree in physics, David Barford joined the UK Intellectual Property Office as a patent examiner working in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering; before moving on to senior roles, including working as an inter partes hearing officer adjudicating patent disputes.

For WIPO, he has worked on capacity building and regionalisation in the Caribbean; provided content for various Academy courses and the e-tutorial on Patent Information; and contributed to patent drafting and TISC training workshops around the world.

He is married with a grown-up family and lives in Cardiff, UK.

Mr. Richard Aching

Mr. Richard Aching is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and is currently the Manager, Technical Examination in the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Aching holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of the West Indies.  He has previously worked in the landscaping and golf course construction industry, market research and as a technical cooperation assistant at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Mr. Aching joined the staff of the IPO as a Technical Information Specialist in 1999 where he was responsible for disseminating patent information. His present responsibilities as Manager, Technical Examination include, among others, performing substantive search and examination of patents, utility certificates, industrial designs, new plant varieties and integrated circuits and advising the Controller on all technical issues relating to the grant of intellectual property rights.

He is one of the primary presenters of the IPO regarding public outreach and this extends to teaching IP in various IP Clinics and modules up to the MSc. level. 

Mr. Aching also serves in the region as part of horizontal cooperation efforts assisting other CARICOM countries with patent and industrial design legislation and examination of backlogs of patent applications.