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Brian
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MS Success and Failures
« on: Apr 13th, 2006, 12:48pm »
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Hi Everyone,
 
I'm just about to finish up my Master's in Medicinal Chemistry, and am interested in patent law.  I've searched through the forums, and noted that the general consensus is that you should have a PhD in order to find jobs in the IP field.  However, I haven't seen any input from any MS/JDs  in biotech/pharma.  Does anyone have any success/failure stories they could share about finding jobs as a patent attorney and the route they took to get there?
 
Thanks for an informative forum,
Brian
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Re: MS Success and Failures
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Here's something that might help.  Take a look at the law firms listed at this link:
 
http://www.infirmation.com/shared/search/payscale-compare.tcl?city=Washi ngton
 
You can browse through the list and click on the links to the law firm webpages.  From there, go to the attorney bio pages.  Most of them list attorney education, etc.
 
What I found interesting was the non-IP attorneys seemed to have attended more prestigious law schools, on average.  Many of the IP associates working at the same firms attended lesser known schools.  
 
The ironic part of it is many of the payscale data sheets say something like, "these figures are for IP attorneys.  Others may be at or below"..
 
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