David Hvasonov

What is your current position, and what do you do?
I’m a Patent and Trade Marks attorney for Phillips Ormonde Fitzpatrick. I work closely with inventors and large research organisations/corporates to help them obtain Intellectual Property (IP) rights, both in Australia and around the world. I help clients obtain patent rights through drafting and prosecution of patent applications – in the chemistry and life sciences technologies – and provide strategic advice to assist them with commercialisation of their inventions.
 
Describe your study/employment pathway so far
I completed my BSc (Honours) in Nanotechnology (2008) and PhD in Chemistry (2013) at UNSW with Prof. Pall Thordarson. After completing my PhD, I moved to Melbourne to work full-time as a trainee patent attorney doing on-the-job practical training as well as completing a Masters of Intellectual Property Law, at the University of Melbourne part-time. After registering as a patent and trade marks attorney in 2016, I transferred within the firm to our Sydney office.
 
What has been your biggest challenge, career-wise?
Juggling between working full-time, studying IP law part-time and being retrained in IP law was a steep learning curve.
 
What achievement are you most proud of?
Working closely with clients and helping them achieve strong IP protection. It’s great being able to report to a client that they have granted patents for their inventions, which are hopefully then commercialised.
 
What do you believe are the greatest attributes of a successful scientist?
Perseverance, adaptability and communication skills.
 
What are your interests outside of work?
Golf, photography and swimming. Being primarily in the office, I love going out for scenic walks and hikes on weekends.
 
What helps you achieve a work-life balance?
Learning to be efficient and being able to prioritise work.
 
Is there anything you would like to share?
Australia is in need of STEM graduates, and these skills are applicable to a number of industries. A degree in Science can broaden your career opportunities outside of Chemistry.

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