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Re: In college, tired of engineering...
« Reply #5 on: Nov 5th, 2005, 3:01am »
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I'm not sure having an engineering degree or any technical ability is a requirement in the IP field at all, but it can certainly help
 
for example, there is a new IP company located near the USPTO (across from the nearby King Street metro station) called "Landon IP" that is run by people who have absolutely no prior IP experience - yet they were recently awarded a major contract by the USPTO to perform searches for PCT  (Patent Cooperation Treaty) applications for at least the next year - the owner, David Hunt, seems to have come from a family with lots of money and "bought" a company outright called "Landon, Stark, Cantwell and Paxton", since then renamed "Landon IP" in 2000 or 2001
 
so, having technical knowledge is not quite as important as having considerable money to enter the IP field - however, these types of companies DO need persons who are well-versed in the technical disciplines, and who they often treat as expendable commodities
 
nevertheless, the ultimate clients, who are corporations and inventors, really need the abilities of the technical and linguistically competent PI practitioner
 
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Re: In college, tired of engineering...
« Reply #6 on: Nov 8th, 2005, 1:04pm »
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I just took a pop-up quiz on Yahoo Finance, and the question asked:
 
"What is the most common undergraduate degree among CEOs at S&P 500 companies?
 
Accounting
Business Administration
Economics
Engineering
Liberal Arts"
 
Here is the answer:
 
"While 38% of S&P 500 CEOs have an MBA, most of them did not start off studying business administration in college. According to the "2004 CEO Study", conducted by the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, approximately 21% of S&P 500 CEOs majored in Engineering. The second most popular major was Business Administration (15%) followed by Economics (11%), Liberal Arts (10%) and Accounting (6%). The University of Wisconsin and Harvard tied as the most popular undergraduate universities among CEOs. Both count 3% of current CEOs among their alumnae. Another 3% of current S&P 500 CEOs never even graduated from college, including Steve Jobs who dropped out of Reed College and now leads Apple Computer (AAPL) and Pixar (PIXR). "
 
So there you go - engineering undergrad doesn't mean engineering future.
 
 
 
 
 
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Re: In college, tired of engineering...
« Reply #7 on: Nov 13th, 2005, 3:22am »
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that's good to know, Guest - maybe the OP ramzie should try getting an MBA before going to law school?
 
thanks to the WWW, a person can become technically competant in a wide range of subjects - for example, howstuffworks.com is OK for some basic information - and wikipedia.org is great for more detailed information - then, if a person really wants to learn the details on any technical subject, they can read the information in patents - it's all free! (except for the internet connection fee, of course, if you can't get to a library)
 
a professor of mine once said to our class: "I am not here to teach you the subject matter, I am here to teach you how to teach yourself"
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