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Re: lawyer or agent?
« Reply #10 on: Sep 8th, 2006, 4:53pm »
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I am seeking some guidance regarding career prospects of a patent attorney with PTO experience.  
 I have substantial scientific experience in Organic/Biochem area.  I recently graduated from a lawschool with ranking in the 50-60.  I have already passed the patent bar and I am reasonably confident that I will pass the NJ bar.  Currently, I am looking for a position and I have an offer from the PTO to start as an examiner.  If I take the position at PTO I will have to leave in no more than four years.  My questions are;  
1.  Would the PTO experience help or hurt in 3-4 years?  
2.  Would it preclude me from getting a litigation position?  
3.  What are large and mid-size firms' view of PTO expereince?  
4.  Will I be able to start at a second year or third year level at a firm with the PTO experience?  
Thanks for your input.  
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