Meet Graeme Herring- father of two, paraglider pilot, dog owner, and Intellectual Property Development Manager at Terramera. Graeme describes intellectual property as “A way of defining and capturing the value of new and creative ideas,” and works tirelessly to protect Terramera’s innovative ideas and technology through patents, designs, trademarks and copyrights. At any time, he is writing several new patent applications and has more than doubled the number of patent applications Terramera has on file since joining the company just over a year ago!
IP is not where Graeme originally imagined himself, having started his career in environmental engineering. “I got bored,” he laughs. “I spent a very long winter doing contaminated site work up in Central B.C. and decided ‘Ah, I probably don’t want to do this for the next 30 years!’ ” So, he paired his engineering knowledge with a love for writing and found a position as a patent agent trainee instead.
He worked in-house as an IP manager for cleantech and software companies, and then in private practice at an IP law firm for 10 years before coming on board at Terramera. “I was looking for a very innovative, forward-thinking company, where I could design an IP strategy and guide it from within. Terramera matched great technology and a focus on IP with good corporate values and goals for the application of their technology.”
"Terramera matched great technology and a focus on IP with good corporate values and goals for the application of their technology.”
His favorite part of the job is learning about all the different projects his Terramera teammates are working on in order to best capture the new inventions, patent them, and use them to move the company forward. While the whole team generates bright ideas, Graeme is a hidden hero, working behind the scenes to secure Terramera the competitive advantage needed to accomplish our big goals!