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gyume
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Where to look for Patent Agent positions
« on: Sep 15th, 2005, 4:46pm »
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I am on the way of taking the patent exam, after that, I plan to look for a patent agent position (with both Biology & computer background) in the Bay Area of California. Does anybody have any idea on how and where to look for these positions? Is law firm the only option? how tight is the job market for patent agent these days? Your response is highly appreciated.
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Re: Where to look for Patent Agent positions
« Reply #1 on: Sep 18th, 2005, 4:22pm »
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I have a background very similiar to your's. I have a bachelor's degree in both computer science and biology. I am a registered patent agent and recently graduated from law school. I took the CA Bar in July.
 
At graduation, I did not have a job despite networking, attending job fairs, and sending out resumes. By the beginning of September, I had 3 job offers -- two in the Bay area. I accepted the third and will be heading to Seattle, WA.  
 
The job market for computer science (software) and EE has really taken off in the last few months, at least on the West Coast. All the firms I interviewed with said they were hiring for multiple positions.  I know that this is not necessarily true of other technical areas and other parts of the country.
 
You could try and find a patent agent position in-house in a corporation. However, the law firm route is easier to get a job in when you are starting out.  
 
As far as looking, I would network with people including joining the SFIPLA (http://www.sfipla.org). You may want to look at the following websites:
 
this website -- sometimes there are postings for entry-level positions
http://www.sfipla.org/employment.html
http://jptos.org/pages.php?&menuid=15
http://www.iplawbulletinjobs.com/
IP Today Classifieds
http://www.iptoday.com/pdf_current/Classified_August05%20Final.pdf
 
Also, check for my private message.
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Re: Where to look for Patent Agent positions
« Reply #2 on: Sep 18th, 2005, 5:33pm »
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larkas, thanks a lot for your information. I will check out those links. Did you mean by "private message" that you will send/sent me anything via email?  
 
If you don't mind, can I ask you a couple of other questions? how pretigious is the law school you went to? does the school reputation affect your chance of landing a job significantly?  
 
Thanks again, I really appreciate your help and wish you all the best with your new career.
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larkas
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Re: Where to look for Patent Agent positions
« Reply #3 on: Sep 18th, 2005, 7:12pm »
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By private message, I mean a private message through the forum. When you are logged in, it should say "Hey gyume,  you have 1 message". Then, you can read the message once you click on 1 message.
 
I went to The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. The school has an excellent patent reputation but overall it is a regional school and in the lower tier.  
 
The reputation of the school does make a big difference in getting hired, especially at larger firms.  
See my comments and others in the Education and Law Schools forum below, especially this thread: http://www.intelproplaw.com/Forum/Forum.cgi?board=Education;action=displ ay;num=1089727455
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scuba cat stevens
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Re: Where to look for Patent Agent positions
« Reply #4 on: Sep 20th, 2005, 11:25pm »
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larkas,
 
i have about the same background as yours, except for the law degree part. i'm working on that at the moment. i just had a couple quick questions -
 
first, how much did your undergrad gpa matter? i have a molecular biology degree, but its around a 2.8. i'm concerned this might effect marketability to hiring managers.
 
second, did you have industry work experience, and does this effect employment prospects? right now i'm working at a small biotech firm, but i'm not sure whether it would really make a difference in terms of working with patents in the future.
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