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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #15 on: Jun 13th, 2006, 6:39am »
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And above all, most of our work is getting outsourced to countries like India.  
 
My question is
 
1) How long outsourcing is gonna work?
2) Outsourcing of patent works has started only a few years ago, and its only going to increase as people from India (& other low cost countries) get more experience in patent drafting etc.  In that case, more and more patent agents in US are definitely going to loose much of their work. At least patent attorneys can escape this. But how about patent agents?.  
 
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #16 on: Jun 13th, 2006, 11:31am »
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on Jun 13th, 2006, 6:39am, Agent wrote:
And above all, most of our work is getting outsourced to countries like India.  
 
My question is
 
1) How long outsourcing is gonna work?
2) Outsourcing of patent works has started only a few years ago, and its only going to increase as people from India (& other low cost countries) get more experience in patent drafting etc.  In that case, more and more patent agents in US are definitely going to loose much of their work. At least patent attorneys can escape this. But how about patent agents?.  
 
Regards.

 
 
Unless the people in India are the inventors or US patent agents/attorneys living in India, all paperwork filed with the USPTO must be done by the inventor or a registered agent/attorney.  Even if someone in India is writing the application, all prosecution must go through an agent/attorney.  Agents/Attorneys may spend a week drafting an application, but will spend the next three to five years haggling with the examiner over the claims.  I do not think patent people are in danger of having their jobs outsourced unless the USPTO removes the citizenship restrictions.
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #17 on: Jun 13th, 2006, 1:05pm »
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A friend of mine said me that their firm outsources even most of their work involved during prosecutions to india -  E.g Drafting of office action responses, and claim amendements during office actions (more particularly involving applications that are also drafted in india for US filing).  
 
 
 
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #18 on: Jun 16th, 2006, 9:45am »
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Patent agents are preferred in working for a company that developes technologies.  The agent can work along side the engineers and convert new structures and methods into patents.  This is substantially more efficient than using a law firm.  When the patent workload diminishes, the patent agent can morph back into an engineer.  In contrast, the opposite is likely true at a law firm.  A patent attorney can do other functions when the patent workload decreases.
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #19 on: Jun 16th, 2006, 8:15pm »
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Places like GE are outsourcing cause they can.  They do so by letting anyone draft the majority of the specification,  and then send it to patent counsel to review, modify, and write the claims.  This decreases their costs about 2/3.  Further, these individuals that draft interface with the engineers and do all the gathering hoping to relieve the engineers of the contact with the attorneys.
 
When it really comes down to it,  any tech writer can do the portions that are not done by the attorney.  AND it can be done anywhere in the world.
 
So, there is not and will not be job security in IP.  It is unfortunate.
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