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John Flanagan
Re: online law school and not working in Ca
« Reply #10 on: Dec 1st, 2007, 6:34am »
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My advice to the person age 50+ with EE/SW is to skip going to law school; become a patent agent by passing PTO agent's exam, and become a solo pactitioner who concentrates patent practice on independent inventors, the most underserved segment of the IP market.  Don't worry about inability to do patent licenses.  Most of your clients, unfortunately, will never get the opportunity to license their patent.  The 1-3%, at best, who might get the opportunity you can merely refer them to a patent attorney to handle that for them.  In other words, really specialize in just getting patents for clients.  Believe me that is enough to worry about for one person.  I worked this way for 25 years using a home office and found it very enjoyable.  I joined the various inventor organizations as a provider sponsor and volunteered time providing free advise.  Also I charged low fixed fees and answered by own telephone, etc., etc.  You can control your own destiny that way and get out of it what you put into it, effort-wise.  And to hell with all of the state bar requirements and decisions about which law schools to attend.  Whether a patent attorney or agent, if you specialize in this way you can work anywhere in the country you want to.  I choose to live and work near ski resorts and good mountain hiking where I could partake in these activities on a daily basis.  I never had an independent inventor ever ask me where I went to law school.  The only thing they were concerned about was not getting ripped off and doing a good job for them.
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