recently joined Franke Hyland in Sydney, Australia. Paula holds a Bachelors of Arts with a major in physics and a minor in debate from UCLA, 1986, and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, 1989. She has been licensed to practise law in California since 1990 and in 1991 she was registered to practise before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In 2014, Paula received an unrestricted practising certificate from the NSW Law Society. Paula has specialised in IP and corporate law, first in the Silicon Valley between 1990 and 1997 and then in Portland Oregon between 1997 and 2004. Between 2004 and 2010, she lived France where she worked for Motorola Mobility as an independent contractor. In 2010, Paula immigrated to Australia. More recently, she was a patent examiner at IP Australia in the mechanical arts group and was in-house patent counsel for WiseTech Global, an IT-based logistics services company. Paula specialises in preparing and prosecuting patent applications for software and hardware technologies. She also has had substantial experience in advising in trade mark matters.
IP Australia actually has built into its quota system a driver for completing prosecution of open cases before taking up new cases. Therefore, there is a rule inside IP Australia that an Examiner must respond to communication from an applicant within 20 days of receiving the applicant’s communication. Oftentimes, it is sooner. Therefore, an application will not languish at the bottom of the Examiner’s work pile and the case will get attention from the Examiner in short order.