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Summer Associate vs Patent Examiner
« on: Oct 27th, 2005, 10:21pm »
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Which looks better on a resume, experience as a summer associate in intellectual property law or experience as a patent examiner?
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Re: Summer Associate vs Patent Examiner
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While I'm not sure your question is answerable in a meaningful way, I find the question intriguing.  
 
It seems to me that the resume of someone with summer associate experience and that of someone with experience as a patent examiner are likely to differ in other respects.  I cannot help but think along those lines as I ponder your question.
 
Summer associate experience is likely to be very persuasive at the firm where the experience was gained, but for others, well a summer is not all that long.
 
For some hirers, experience at the PTO is very attractive.  For example in the DC area, it means you have something in common with a lot of people who might interview you.  But a number of the people I've talked to think that more than two years of PTO experience is overkill.  I talked to one partner recently who suggested that 1 year was ample (Guess what his background was).
 
Some screening goes into getting a summer associate position and it seems likely to me that a person with summer experience in intellectual property is likely to have an otherwise attractive resume.
 
Your question implies that hirers are all like minded.  I honestly don't think that to be the case.  My own background includes (cough) years of engineering experience, a year as a patent examiner, no summer associate experience, (I worked while going to school at night), experience at a small firm, and pretty decent grades at a well respected undergraduate school and at a "regional" law school.  Some hirers really like that mix, while others hirers probably look askance at my resume on its way to the trashcan.
 
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