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Jonathan
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #20 on: Jun 16th, 2006, 10:05pm »
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Just my opinion, I don't think it is that gloomy of a picture in the near term - 5-10 years. Sure, those larger corporations will probably opt to outsource. There are plenty of medium to smaller businesses that will not do so, however.
 
Once you get several years of experience, as an agent or attorney, you will be fairly marketable in certain areas of the US - even with outsourcing.
 
And, for some clients, being local is an advantage that outsourcing won't get past for quite awhile. Yeah, sure, there is videoconferencing, etc.  Until we have a ST:TNG holodeck, it just won't be the same as being able to meet inventors/clients in person.
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ron stier
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #21 on: Jun 25th, 2006, 8:07pm »
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40 is nothing.  I did that in 4 months at my first firm.   10-12 hr days.  It was perfect.   If you do that many in more months, you are too slow.
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #22 on: Jun 25th, 2006, 10:30pm »
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I agree that patent applications can be produced rapidly if the situation demands, however, patent agents in large companies are often integrated into the invention process - multitasking several projects at a time and taking weeks to guide data collection to support the claims and the business needs.  
 
The more mechanical process of actually writing the case once the critical portions have been researched and technical language crafted is fairly straightforward and can usually be done in a matter of days. This is the kind of work that I have seen typically outsourced to both lawfirms and overseas technical writers.  
 
Once the draft is produced, syndicating the drafts among the technical experts and coordinating edits is also a key aspect of the internal agent job that takes time and great attention to detail.  
 
I would not attempt to generalize what the right number of cases per year would be across all technologies and in all situations, however I know that, all else being equal, the more connected and integrated to the technology you are - 1) the more valuable you are, 2) the longer it will take to generate each application and 3) the better your application will be.
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #23 on: Jun 26th, 2006, 5:54am »
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on Jun 25th, 2006, 8:07pm, ron stier wrote:
40 is nothing. I did that in 4 months at my first firm. 10-12 hr days. It was perfect. If you do that many in more months, you are too slow.

 
Isn't it a bit presumptious to assess the number of applications someone has written without considering what types of applications in question, and work the person might have been assigned other than application writing?
 
That said, I agree with you that some people write 40 applications in a relatively short time.  If you are doing strictly application writing and no prosecution work (and in 4 months, the PTO won't have gotten to many of your applications) you may still be relatively wet behind the ears after 40 applications.
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