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2 July 2023

Meet our team: Sudhakar Brodie

 As part of our ‘meet our team’ series, we ask Sudhakar Brodie, one of our newly promoted ESC (Electronics, Software and Communications) senior associates based in our London office, about his journey to becoming a patent attorney, what he loves about Venner Shipley and what else he enjoys in life.

 

When did you join Venner Shipley and what office do you work in?
September 2017 and London

How did you get into working in IP or your current role?
While in the first few weeks of my final year at university, a fellow physics student in my college told me that they had already secured a job offer to become a patent attorney. Having that offer months before the final exams was intriguing and certainly desirable, I had no idea that a scientist could be so valuable to a law firm. I fortunately secured a short internship at a patent firm over the following Spring and thoroughly enjoyed the blend between logic and creativity involved in forming arguments. After successfully arguing that a paper clip could be considered to have the claimed feature of a ‘pair of jaws’ in a mock opposition, I knew I wanted to be a patent attorney.

What areas do you currently specialise in in your role?
I am mostly involved in the prosecution of consumer electronics such as TVs, smartphones, air conditioners, robot cleaners, refrigerators and washing machines. There is a surprising amount of high-level physics present in these everyday items.

What do you enjoy most about working in IP law?
I enjoy learning about the latest technology and the innovative ways that problems are solved.

What recent successes/achievements have you had (personal/professional)?
I recently prosecuted my first appeal case and successfully maintained a patent despite a negative preliminary opinion at first instance.

What’s the best thing about working at Venner Shipley?
My colleagues, it is difficult to find a similar group of intelligent, interesting and friendly people.

“After successfully arguing that a paper clip could be considered to have the claimed feature of a ‘pair of jaws’ in a mock opposition, I knew I wanted to be a patent attorney.”

Sudhakar Brodie, Senior Associate
Electronics, Software and Communications

What do you think is the next big thing (or on the horizon) in IP?
I think that folding phones will continue to increase in prevalence and that rollable phones will enter the market. Patents have already played a major part in protecting valuable innovations for folding phones and it is likely that they will be equally important for rollable phones.

What do you do outside of work?
I enjoy taking on DIY projects such as renovating my kitchen, I also play squash and badminton.

Tell us a little more about you!
I am obsessed with Formula 1.

 

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