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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #10 on: Jun 7th, 2006, 6:17am »
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on Jun 6th, 2006, 8:54pm, Willy Scott wrote:
I think it is pretty funny how people on this forum and other places, think that you need to be at some top tier school in the top % of your class to get a decent job and pay your loans back. That is incredibly short sighted. So if we dont go to harvard, yale and stanford we are out of luck? It is what you make it. I know plenty of people that have gone to lower tier schools and are making decent money and paying back the loans.

 
In defense of those nameless pessimists, it's not unheard of for people who go to law school right out of college to have credit card and school loan debt of six figures.    Paying those loans back while making even a decent salary can be quite a struggle.    
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There are some great patent attorneys that come from 2nd tier schools. I also know those who are in the life sciences and had to learn semiconductor/electrical engineering while at a firm.

 
Great attorneys can come out of law schools of any tier.   For that matter patent agents who have never been to law school at all can be great practitioners.
 
 
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #11 on: Jun 7th, 2006, 9:25am »
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<<  Great attorneys can come out of law schools of any tier.  >>
 
 
That goes without saying.  The real issue is that the legal job market (especially so for patent and IP) is especially tight so law firms have the upper hand and they know it.  Law firms are getting more and more selective and many of them will only consider graduates from what they consider to be "top schools" or otherwise those who are on law review or top 10%, etc.  In addition, many have a strong preferance for those with "advanced degrees."  The golden days for seeking work as a patent attorney are long gone.
 
 
 
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #12 on: Jun 7th, 2006, 9:25pm »
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Did not mean to imply that drafting 40 was too low - just reiterating that when they ask for 3+ years experience, they are likely anticipating that you have written about 40 or so applications.  
 
That also does not mean good jobs for those with no experience are not out there. Here's a link from something today.
 
http://jobs.lawinfo.com/jobdetails.cfm?jid=9548
 
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #13 on: Jun 7th, 2006, 9:55pm »
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Duly noted.
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #14 on: Jun 8th, 2006, 5:58am »
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on Jun 7th, 2006, 9:25pm, p@tent.guy wrote:
Did not mean to imply that drafting 40 was too low - just reiterating that when they ask for 3+ years experience, they are likely anticipating that you have written about 40 or so applications.

 
That number can vary widely depending on where you get your experience.   I drafted about that number of applications in around 7 months at my first job.  
 
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