We had two more IP professionals join our team in 2022. We take this opportunity to learn more about our newest team member, her background, and what brought her to the intellectual property profession.
Vanessa Yeung, Patent & Trade Mark Attorney
Where did you grow up?
In the UK, specifically in London. I have some great memories growing up there, I recall going for picnics in Hyde Park and learning how to roller skate there. One of my best memories though has got to be the occasional Sunday trip to Hamleys. It’s toy heaven there. I think growing up in a city like London has spoilt me a bit, as cities like Melbourne seem so small in comparison!
How long have you been an attorney?
I started as a trainee patent attorney back in 2018, and registered in 2021.
What are you known for?
I’m known to be passionate about things that I really care about. I’m known to be a dog lover, who enjoys being outdoors in my spare time, especially the beach when it is good weather. I’m also a foodie, who loves to learn new recipes (cooking is a science after all!). In terms of professionalism, I am very dedicated in my work, I’m self-motivated and ambitious, and always looking for an intellectual challenge so that I can become the best version of myself.
What part of your job do you enjoy most?
Everything! I’m genuinely fascinated in patent law, which is why I choose a career as a patent attorney. I honestly love what I do, and if there is something I don’t know, I’m keen to learn it. If I had to pick something that I enjoy the most, it would possibly be drafting patent specifications. There’s something quite satisfying about understanding and immersing myself into a piece of technology or invention, and being able to write about it in such detail that by the end of it, it seems like I have also become a person skilled in the art! In fact, I look back sometimes and think to myself “did I actually write that?!”
What’s your favourite saying or quote?
Abraham Lincoln’s quote, “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years”. Sometimes we can all get so caught up in our busy lives that we forget to take the time out to recharge. I run a busy household at home, and quite often it gets all too easy to fall into a routine. I have to remind myself sometimes, that it’s important to spend quality time with those who I love. Time is like a river, it doesn’t stop, which is why all those special moments with family really count.