PETOŠEVIĆ PEOPLE: Q&A with Alexey Rumyantsev

After working as a patent examiner at the Russian PTO for seven years, Alexey Rumyantsev joined our Moscow team in 2016. As a Patent Attorney, Alexey handles patent prosecution and enforcement in Russia, particularly within the fields of electronics and mechanics, with an emphasis on medical devices. We asked Alexey about his work, the music he likes, things no one knows about him, and much more.

  1. How did you start your career in the IP field?

    I stumbled upon it, so to say. I am actually a remote sensing engineer. While still at university, I worked as a junior researcher in a large research institute and was a little disappointed with my future profession. After graduating from university, someone told me about the profession of patent examiner. That’s how it all started.

  2. What is the most challenging aspect of your work?

    Communication with the PTO is the main challenge. What worked yesterday may not work today.

  3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

    Receiving thank you emails from clients.

  4. What would you be working in, if you weren’t working in IP?

    Well, I think that I could work in a space- or Earth remote sensing-related firm.

  5. What was the first job you’ve ever had?

    When I was a little boy, I spent every summer in the countryside. During haymaking season, I would assist a baler on the hayfield by tying a knot with the rope that wrapped around each bale. One bale — one knot — something around 0,5 euro cents (or less). That seemed pretty fair at the time.

  6. What is your favorite thing to do when you are not working?

    Being with my family and visiting new places.

  7. What book did you read last?

    “Ulysses” by James Joyce.

  8. What is your favorite song/music at the moment?

    It’s pretty hard for me to pick only one thing. Let it be North Korea by Mutiny on the Bounty. That one is always on my playlist.

  9. What is your favorite dish of all time?

    Anything without raisins will do.

  10. If you could meet anyone in the world, from the past or present, who would it be and why?

    I never thought about that. Well, I think it would be my grandfather after whom I was named and whom I had never seen.

  11. What was your favorite subject in school and why?

    Mathematics. I loved how it made complicated things look easy when you see the final result.

  12. What did you want to be when growing up?

    An astronaut, a football player, a doctor. I never expected to be doing legal work.

  13. Tell us three things most people don’t know about you.

    I used to play in a metal band. I have a military rank. At the age of three, I was a model.

  14. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

    Programming. It’s a pretty useful skill right now.

  15. What is your biggest frustration about the world around you?

    The obsession with “likes”.

  16. What is the most important thing you have learned in the last five years?

    I’m not unbreakable.

  17. What do you wish you could have told yourself at age 13?

    Don’t even try to smoke in the future.

  18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

    Besides Moscow, I lived in Podolsk, an industrial city in the Moscow Region known for the Singer sewing machine factory.

  19. If you could live in another country of the 30+ countries where PETOŠEVIĆ operates, which would you pick and why?

    Georgia! It was love at first sight for its nature, people, food and wine.

  20. If someone came to your city for 24 hours, where would you take them?

    A walk through the city in warm weather would be pleasant, and a visit to the Church of the Sign of the Most Holy Mother of God, near Podolsk, is a must.

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