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« on: Oct 12th, 2005, 3:50pm »
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Hi,
I recently graduated with a B.Sc in Chemistry in Canada and  I am interested in becoming a patent lawyer or agent here.  I would love to work in ip and see if it is the right career choice for me before committing to law school.  Also, I understand that to become an agent in Canada you need 1 year of experience before being allowed to take the exams (is this true?).  The problem I am running into is that almost all the ip jobs I have seen require ip experience  Undecided    
How do I get a patent law job with only a bachelor's degree and science related work experience?  Thanks for your help!
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Re: oh Canada
« Reply #1 on: Oct 17th, 2005, 1:10pm »
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It will be very difficult to obtain a patent agent (tech specialist) position with only a B.Sc. in Chem. You will most likely need either a PhD or a LLB. depending on whether you want to prosecute patents or litigate. Another option you might consider is working at CIPO (Canadian patent office). The minimum hiring requirement is a BSc., however, most people hired have graduate degrees and/or many years experience working in the field. Additionally, work experience at CIPO qualifies for patent agent exam.
 
http://strategis.ic.gc.ca/sc_mrksv/cipo/patents/pt_employopps_p4-e.html
 
on Oct 12th, 2005, 3:50pm, KW wrote:
Hi,
I recently graduated with a B.Sc in Chemistry in Canada and  I am interested in becoming a patent lawyer or agent here.  I would love to work in ip and see if it is the right career choice for me before committing to law school.  Also, I understand that to become an agent in Canada you need 1 year of experience before being allowed to take the exams (is this true?).  The problem I am running into is that almost all the ip jobs I have seen require ip experience  Undecided    
How do I get a patent law job with only a bachelor's degree and science related work experience?  Thanks for your help!

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Re: oh Canada
« Reply #2 on: Nov 2nd, 2005, 11:39am »
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First, note that life as a patent agent is much different than life as a lawyer, notwithstanding many IP lawyers are agents.
 
Second, the large firms generally only look to hire Masters or PhDs as patent agents.  It's for marketing more than anything else.
 
Third, yes you need 12 months.  And watch out because things are currently moving towards setting the work period at 24-months, although no times have been set and this is likely at least a few years off.
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