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PETOŠEVIĆ People: Q&A with Ivan Nagornykh

After working as a patent examiner at the Russian Patent Office for eight years, physicist and patent attorney Ivan Nagornykh joined our Moscow team in 2014, where he handles the prosecution and enforcement of national and Eurasian patents from various industry and technology sectors including mechanics, medical equipment, computer technology, and electronics. We asked Ivan about his work, his pastimes, his pet peeves, and much more.

1. How come you started a career in the IP field?

I did not plan to be an IP specialist. There is a law in Russia according to which men between the ages of 18 and 27 are subject to military service and I wanted to avoid it. When I graduated from university, there was also a law according to which a number of state organizations freed their employees from service obligation, and the Russian PTO was one of them. So I started working there as a patent examiner. It seemed like a good option – the office environment and the equipment were nice, my boss was kind, and I enjoyed my duties.

2. What makes IP protection challenging in your jurisdiction (and how do you overcome that challenge)?

I mostly deal with patent prosecution. The main challenge here is inconsistency of practice in the Russian and Eurasian PTOs, but this can be solved by filing appropriate responses to Office actions.

3. What do you most enjoy doing at work?

By dealing with patent applications, you learn new things, you are close to cutting-edge technologies. Actually, you never stop learning. This is what I enjoy – you constantly have to learn and process huge volumes of information, which makes the work challenging.

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

I am not sure about the field and the position, but my duties would definitely be related to technology, engineering, or natural sciences.

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

I have never had a job that appeared strange to me.

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

Playing computer games, watching videos. I also enjoy sports and I regularly go to the gym. I also often fix my car in my garage.

7. What book did you read last?

“Total Competition” by Ross Brawn.

8. What is your favorite song at the moment?

“Origin” by Paper Sound, from the soundtrack to the “Hawken” game.

9. If you had to eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Boiled buckwheat with chicken. But people have to eat diverse foods!

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

I would meet any great scientist such as Newton, Fleming, Einstein, or Mendeleev, just to shake their hands and to thank them for their contribution to progress, for improving the quality of life.

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

Mathematics. I had a really nice teacher, who was also the supervising teacher for our class. It was easy to understand anything she explained. Also, this subject seemed easy at the time – you just apply an algorithm to numbers or equations to get a result.

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

I really hate cleaning, I hate cooking, and I’m afraid of dogs.

13. Tell us three moments or events that have been turning points in your life.

When I started to work as a patent examiner at the Russian PTO, when my mother died, and when I bought my car.

14. What would you do if you won the lottery?

It depends on the amount.

15. What is your biggest pet peeve?

To see that a device is turned on, or gas, or that the water is flowing, with no one needing it.

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

Not to be afraid of change or new experiences.

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

Keep it up! You are on the right path.

18. What cities/countries have you lived in?

I was born in the town of Odintsovo, Moscow region, and then I moved to Moscow when I was about five or six years old. I’ve lived here my whole life since then.

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

Maybe Slovenia? It seems that the nature is beautiful there.

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

Maybe for a walk at the natural park Pokrovskoye-Streshnevo which features woods, ponds and a natural spring called “Lebed” (Swan). It would depend on the guest who is coming.

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