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Tan Anderson
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Technical military, but BA undergrad
« on: Jun 12th, 2007, 8:09pm »
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Hi.  I want to know if I can take the Patent Bar.  Here's my background:
* BA in English
* Took 1 year of calc.-based physics
* Took 1 year of calc.
* Took 1 sem. of Oceanography
* Took 1 sem. of Computer Science (programming)
* Finished Navy Nuclear Power School, Prototype, and Engineer's Test.
* 2L at law school.
 
Unfortunately, the Navy has not released ACE credits for Nuc. Pwr School or Prototype.  I have already read the requirements to take the patent bar, so please don't recite them.  What is interesting is that Duke and Old Dominion offer 12 credit hours for navy nukes toward a master's in engineering management.  RPI (renssler?) offers 31 credit hours towards a bachelor's in nuclear engineering for people who complete the less demanding enlisted nuclear program.  I think that after operating a naval reactor for over 3 years, I have enough technical prowess to be a competent patent attorney, but how can I sit of the bar??  Any help is welcome!
 
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Re: Technical military, but BA undergrad
« Reply #1 on: Jun 13th, 2007, 6:29am »
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In my opinion based on reading the requirements and a few agency decisions (and I've completed both the officer and enlisted naval nuclear power programs) you are unlikely to get approved to take the exam based on military training course work and experience.   If you believe you have sufficient engineering experience, you might attempt to take a state fundamentals of engineering (FE) exam which would make you eligible to take the patent registration exam.
 
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Re: Technical military, but BA undergrad
« Reply #2 on: Jun 13th, 2007, 10:08pm »
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You can always go to engineering school.  
A night program or full time.  
It would also look better when looking for a job.
Remember the next hurdle is competing for a job.
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Re: Technical military, but BA undergrad
« Reply #3 on: Jun 14th, 2007, 8:30am »
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on Jun 13th, 2007, 10:08pm, SoCalAttny wrote:
You can always go to engineering school.  
A night program or full time.  
It would also look better when looking for a job.
Remember the next hurdle is competing for a job.

 
I fully agree.   After getting a job, the next hurdle is having enough technical competence to actually handle patent cases and keep your job.   The short cut methods to qualifying for registration are better suited for those who want the credential but aren't planning to do prep and pros.
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