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ananth vijay
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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #5 on: Oct 31st, 2005, 9:19am »
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on Oct 27th, 2005, 8:34am, Ananth  Vijay wrote:
Hi! Jess,
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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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 3rd, 2005, 8:56pm »
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There is a wide gap between passing the patent bar and successfully practicing patent prosecution. Generally speaking, it takes about two years of SERIOUS experience in patent practice to cross the threshold to start your own practice. Remember, there will be no one holding your hand or giving you a shoulder once you jump into independent practice.
 
As to the liability , E&O insurance will take care of it. But, bear in mind, E&O ins. is very expensive. Last but not least, you will need sufficient number of clients, which may not be easy to come by (specially if you are not a lawyer) ....
 
 
 
 
 
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Bill
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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #7 on: Nov 4th, 2005, 9:16am »
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I may be opening a debate here, but when I recommend 3 years of experience before going solo, I'm basing that on at least one amendment a week and one patent application a month.  However, the emphasis is on the amendments.  And, of course, that work is reviewed by a competent practitioner.
 
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Re: Independant Patent Agent?
« Reply #8 on: Nov 27th, 2005, 11:35am »
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Bill is correct.  By thinking you can get into this business without much experience is opening yourself (your personal assets) up to liability, because you probably exposed any client of yours to liability.  You need to know what you are doing.  You get this by experience.  Moreover, in reality, the ability to get clients as an Agent will be difficult.
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