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patento
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Patent Agent Interview Questions?
« on: May 30th, 2005, 10:53am »
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I am currently applying to the law firms for patent agent or associate position. I am an electrical/software engineer with over 10 years of experience. Also finishing JD in 2 months.
 
So far, I have never been interviewed by any law firm. I am interested to find what type of questions are generally asked in patent agent interview?
 
Thanks in advance.
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Re: Patent Agent Interview Questions?
« Reply #1 on: May 30th, 2005, 3:35pm »
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Our most common question is:  Why are you interested in patent law?
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Re: Patent Agent Interview Questions?
« Reply #2 on: May 30th, 2005, 6:14pm »
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on May 30th, 2005, 3:35pm, melwrc wrote:
Our most common question is:  Why are you interested in patent law?

 
thanks. I have a good handle on this one. What else? do they go into specifics of MPEP chapters?  
 
Because I am also finishing JD, do you think they might also venture into subjects such as contracts, criminal law etc.  
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Re: Patent Agent Interview Questions?
« Reply #3 on: May 30th, 2005, 7:09pm »
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I would expect questions about law specific subjects including
patent law to be quite rare.  I think law firms expect to
evaluate this based on your credentials (grades, plus law
school pedigree, plus job experience).  At some of the interviews
I went to, there was just as much time allocated for my questions
as for theirs.  There were plenty of generic interview questions
as well.  Why do you want to work at *this* firm?
 
My overall impression was that interviewers were evaluating the fit with the
firm with only a small effort being made to confirm your qualifications
to do the work.  I've had the same impression about engineering
interviews.  Only a few of the interviews I've had for engineering
positions had any significant technical component.
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Re: Patent Agent Interview Questions?
« Reply #4 on: Jun 1st, 2005, 6:10pm »
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Got an interview within 2 days of passing the exam. Guys, i need help now. I don't want to miss this opportunity.
 
please post your interview experiences.
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