If you are determined to make a career in IP and driven by curiosity to explore this branch of law, you can already start at a university. International Trademark Association (INTA) offers membership for students planning a career in IP with broad networking opportunities with IP professionals, interesting career development opportunities and access to useful resources.
For further details visit: http://www.inta.org/Membership/Pages/Students.aspx
If you’ve already decided that the world of IP is where you would like to add value, you can choose to become either a legal advisor, an advocate or a patent attorney. While legal advisors and advocates choose to narrow down the scope of their interest to IP matters, patent attorneys are professionals qualified exactly in this field.
A patent attorney provides legal aid in industrial property cases on behalf of legal and natural bodies and organizational units representing them before the Patent Office, courts, etc. and protecting their interests.
A candidate for a patent attorneys should:
A three-year training involves a series of classes and lectures on industrial property, unfair competition, copyright, as well as the study of elements of the Civil Procedure Code, the Penal Procedure Code and the Code of Administrative Procedure. In addition to this, a candidate is obliged to complete an internship in the Polish Patent Office and the Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw.
For more details see Act on patent Attorneys of 11 April 2001: http://www.rzecznikpatentowy.org.pl/akty_prawne/Ust_2001_04_11.htm
If, however you consider a career of a legal advisor or an advocate, visit: http://kirp.pl/O-Samorzadzie/Ustawa-o-Radcach-Prawnych http://www.nra.pl/nra.php?id=569&rtnl=1
Yet another step towards a perfect career in IP is to become a European patent attorney.
This requires extensive training in European patent law and successfully going through an examination for a European Patent Attorney (EQE) before the European Patent Office (EPO). A European Patent Attorney is entitled to represent applicants before the EPO.
For further details on the examination see: http://www.epo.org/learning-events/eqe/training.html
Preparation for the EQE is provided by a variety of national bodies, among others, by The Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI ) and the European Patent Institute (EPI).