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Drew83
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Re: 2 paths - IP (Law) or MBA?
« Reply #10 on: Mar 29th, 2006, 8:53pm »
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Jimmy,  
 
I guess I should say I feel bad for you....lol  I'm sure there are several others in our shoes as well (maybe?).  That is very random how our feelings/thoughts are identical.  Luckily we were able to find this forum.  It has provided much insight, however, reading about it is no where near actually practicing - so decisions are still very difficult.
 
How serious are you considering IP law?
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Kim_MSME
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Re: 2 paths - IP (Law) or MBA?
« Reply #11 on: Apr 18th, 2006, 1:07pm »
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Drew and Jimmy,
 
I too am in a similar position.  However, I took things a step further by getting a master's degree in mechanical engineering.  I figured I would need more than a bachelor's, since it seems everyone is getting a four-year degree now.  I'm currently writing my thesis, and I've recently been toying with the idea of going into patent law.  A lawyer friend suggested it to me a couple years ago, though he himself is not a patent lawyer.  It should also be noted that I am currently in Michigan, where your average automotive union worker with a GED makes much more than your entry-level MSME, and I'm having a tough time just getting interviews for engineering positions.
 
I have also considered the MBA route.  If you find anymore information, or hear any more opinions, please post it.  I'm really interested to hear what you find.
 
Thanks,
Kim
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Re: 2 paths - IP (Law) or MBA?
« Reply #12 on: Apr 18th, 2006, 3:31pm »
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In terms of money-making potential--
 
If you can get into a top-5 MBA program, go to business school.
 
Otherwise go to the best law school you can get into.
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Re: 2 paths - IP (Law) or MBA?
« Reply #13 on: Apr 18th, 2006, 3:58pm »
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With a lot of patience and networking, you could transition into a job that would introduce you to the patent or business field.  For example, a job as a technology specialist or patent researcher or business development associate or marketing associate would give you some hands on experience and get your foot in the door.  If you are working for a medium or large size company, start introducing yourself to people in other departments, especially business development (aka strategic planning), marketing and if there is one, the legal department.  
 
There is a lot of work that goes into patent prosecution and reading an issued patent is not an accurate way to gauge the work.  Most of the work is spent researching the invention, determining how it is different from everything else out there, (this is were creativity can come in handy), and presenting arguments to the examiner.  There is a lot of writing, however, once the bulk of the application is written (background, summary and description) and submitted, changes generally are only made to the claims.  Additionally, if you are filing several patents for one client you can cut and paste from one application to another, if the technology is similar.  To get a glimse, go onto the USPTO website and pull up a recent patent under the PAIR search engine (http://portal.uspto.gov/external/portal/pair) and look at the "image file wrapper" tab.  Clicking on the title will link you to a PDF of the document.  Reading through several different patent file wrappers should give you a better idea of all that goes on during prosecution.
 
Other patent related legal opportunities, aside from prosecution and litigation, include licensing, opinion writing (determining the validity of a patent), IP portfolio managment and patent valuation (helping companies determine how much to spend for IP rights).
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chada
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Re: 2 paths - IP (Law) or MBA?
« Reply #14 on: Apr 18th, 2006, 8:44pm »
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why don't u do dual degree MBA/JD  
you can do it in 4 years!!
 
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