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rhrich
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Studying IP in Law School
« on: Jan 7th, 2004, 3:56pm »
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Hello! I am an undergraduate student currently pursuing an English degree. I want to enter law school immediately after, and am becoming very interested in the IP area of law. I know that you need some sort of technical degree, can anyone tell me which these are? And if I decide to follow in litigation instead, will the English degree give me a solid background? Thank you!!!!
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Re: Studying IP in Law School
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Here are the technical requirements (starting at page 3 as numbered -- the fifth page):
http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/oed/grb15oct03.pdf
 
I can't say much about what background helps litigation.  I'd recommend at least some rigorous logic classes for litigation generally and a couple semesters of physics for a general background in technology for patent litigation.  
 
I hope that helps.
 
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Re: Studying IP in Law School
« Reply #2 on: Jun 10th, 2005, 1:53pm »
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To be fully accurate, IP includes patents, trademarks and copyrights (some lump trade secrets in there too.)  Are you thinking strictly Patents, or by IP are you including trademarks and copyrights?  You don't need a technical degree to do either of the latter two (tm and cr).   You might be more interested in copyrights, since you're an english major.    For the most part, an english major won't be admitted to sit for the patent bar unless you've taken a boat load of physics/chemistry/bio or engineering on the side (which I can't imagine an english major doing).   Another route might be to get a job with the PTO for a few years.  After so long, you can apply to be a patent agent without taking the patent bar, but I'm not sure of the time frame required.  
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Re: Studying IP in Law School
« Reply #3 on: Jun 10th, 2005, 7:17pm »
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To be completely accurate, only patent prosection requires a
technical background.  Lots of patent litigators have no appreciable
technical background, and they manage to do their job.  Similarly
lots of medical malpractice attorneys are not doctors, but
I'm sure they have access to medical experts.
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