Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
Intellectual Property Office - Office of the Attorney General and Ministry of Legal Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago

Trainer

Mr. Richard Aching

Mr. Richard Aching is a national of Trinidad and Tobago and is currently the Manager, Technical Examination in the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of Trinidad and Tobago.

Mr. Aching holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the University of the West Indies.  He has previously worked in ornamental horticulture, landscaping, and golf course construction industry.

Additionally, he was a market analyst with a well-known market research firm and a technical cooperation assistant at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

Mr. Aching joined the staff of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) of Trinidad and Tobago as a Technical Information Specialist in 1999. His present responsibilities as Manager, Technical Examination include, among others, performing substantive examination on patents, utility certificates, industrial designs, new plant varieties, and integrated circuits and advising the Controller on all technical issues relating to the grant of intellectual property rights.

He is one of the primary presenters of the IPO regarding public outreach and this extends to teaching IP in various IP Clinics and modules up to the MSc. level.

Mr. Aching also serves in the region as part of horizontal cooperation efforts assisting other CARICOM countries with patent and industrial design legislation and examination of backlogs of patent applications.

He is still involved in agriculture with his involvement in organic farming and aquaponics in addition to being an avid implementer of photovoltaic power.