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Patent Law Interest Leads Jared Brandyberry ’11 to Geneva, Switzerland

Jared Brandyberry decided to attend law school during his senior year at UC, when he became interested in intellectual property. “Patent law interested me because it mixed my technical background with the law and allowed me to work with entrepreneurs and innovators developing new inventions,” the 2011 College of Law graduate said.

Today, that interest in IP has the lifelong Cincinnatian working halfway across the world for the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Brandyberry grew up on the eastside of Cincinnati in Anderson Township. He graduated from UC in 2008, where he majored in biochemistry before pursuing his law degree. With an interest in staying in Cincinnati, combined with being the recipient of the James B. Helmer, Jr. Scholarship, attending the College of Law was an easy choice for Brandyberry.

After his 1L year, he began focusing on IP and patent law. Brandyberry mentioned Ed Acheson, Jim Liles, Ria Schalnat, Steven Goldstein and Lori Krafte as “great adjunct professors that did an excellent job of incorporating their extensive (IP) experience into the course material.”

While at the College of Law, Brandyberry was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society, in addition to his involvement with the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic (ECDC).

During his first summer, Brandyberry worked at UC’s Intellectual Property Office, focusing on prior art searches and licensing agreements. The following summer he went to the Washington D.C. area to work for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Brandyberry also did a legal externship with Baker Hostetler in their patent division, a judicial externship with Judge Sandra Beckwith of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and an internship with Professor Lewis Goldfarb at the ECDC.

During the fall semester of his 3L year, Brandyberry applied to the WIPO, which is a United Nations agency that oversees the international IP system. The following semester, he was offered (and later accepted) a temporary position with the Patent Cooperation Treaty division (PCT).

“I took the bar in Ohio the last week in July, drove home on that Thursday and then flew to Geneva on Friday to get an apartment and start work on Monday, August 1,” he said.

The PCT, which established an international patent filing system with 144 contracting states, Brandyberry said, has more than 160,000 PCT applications filed annually “by applicants hoping to protect their inventions in multiple nations.”

“My team issues advisory opinions on the Articles and Regulations of the PCT for receiving offices,” Brandyberry said. “In addition to different advisory opinions, I am also working on multiple studies which may result in proposed amendments to the PCT.”

His first contract with the WIPO was for three months, with an option to continue through January, he said. As of now, he is unsure whether a full-time position will be available, in addition to the uncertainty as to whether his friend with whom he is living will be able to continue working out of P&G’s Geneva office.

While Brandyberry is interested in staying there if he gets a full-time offer, he otherwise would “plan to return to Cincinnati and work in the IP field.” 

Brandyberry, who called it “an amazing opportunity to live abroad” while getting exposure to patent law internationally, is enjoying life in – and outside – of Geneva. “The best part about living in Geneva so far is that’s centrally located and connected to an excellent rail system, which makes travelling through Europe very easy,” he said.

Certainly being far removed from Cincinnati, the place he has called home outside the one summer in D.C., has been an adjustment for Brandyberry. He said he misses his friends and family the most, of course, but also misses going to Bengals and Bearcats football games.

Brandyberry also mentioned that prices are a bit more reasonable back home. “(Here), it’s about $7 for a Grande coffee at Starbucks,” he said.

By Jordan Cohen, ‘13