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jeebrown
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Independant Patent Agent?
« on: Oct 25th, 2005, 4:36am »
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I've been seriously considering getting out of the corporate rat race.  One exit strategy is leveraging my considerable technical/industry experience and MS in engineering by sitting for the patent bar and becoming an independant agent.  I am nearing 40 and have a executive level position with an engineering firm.  I know I won't make as much money, but I'd like to free myself from stress and work on my terms.  Anybody else out there face this situation?  Is it tough to get going?  Luckily I have enough of a nest egg that I can forgo a regular salary while I get established, but need to eat at some point!  Any inisghts appreciated.
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melwrc
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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #1 on: Oct 25th, 2005, 7:37am »
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There are a ton of malpractice liabilities that you would have to deal with to practice alone as an agent.  Simply taking the patent bar will not prepare you to practice alone.
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Bill
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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #2 on: Oct 25th, 2005, 9:32am »
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I know of three patent agents (all MS in engineering) who thought they were competent at the start of their patent careers based on the fact that patent practice is intellectually easier than engineering/science.  That couldn’t have been farther from the truth.  And their work product proved it.  
 
Competency in patent practice is built over years of experience, regardless if you are an agent or an attorney.  So consider that you will need at least three years of comprehensive mentoring before standing alone.  
 
Good luck.
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Jess
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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #3 on: Oct 25th, 2005, 8:13pm »
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I've heard that the learning curve for writing patents is practically vertical. This means that you would need to be mentored.  That's the position I'm in.  I graduate in May and I'm looking for a place where I can work as an agent for a couple of years before going to law school.  However, all open positions require at least a year of experience.  I don't mind getting paid beans for a year; but does anybody know of a firm or boutique that has a good reputation for training new patent agents?
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Ananth  Vijay
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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #4 on: Oct 27th, 2005, 8:34am »
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Hi! I am about to take the patent bar exam. I read your reply to some one's question.  
Have you found yourself a patent agent job? I would love to hear from you. Please respond.Roll Eyes
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