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Wolfcastle
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #5 on: Jun 6th, 2006, 4:22pm »
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I've also been looking for a patent agent position, but in the chemisry/biotech areas.  
 
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I currently live in California and would like to remain here. How strong is the job market here compared to other parts of the country?

 
In my experience, the DC  and California areas seem to have the greatest number of job openings for patent agents. DC is a big spot because obviously the PTO office is there, and California because of silicon valley and biotech startups.
 
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3. How competitive is the job market in general for agents? it seems nearly impossible to get a good job as a patent attorney unless you're a superstar. Is this also  the case for agents?

 
From my experience, and from what I've learned from talking to a few chemical patent lawyers, getting your foot in the door is the biggest challenge. For the first two years, you really won't be profitable to the firm as it takes a while how to write a worthwhile patent.  
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« Reply #6 on: Jun 6th, 2006, 5:17pm »
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on Jun 6th, 2006, 4:22pm, Wolfcastle wrote:
For the first two years, you really won't be profitable to the firm as it takes a while how to write a worthwhile patent.  

 
My first mentor said you start to get the hang of writing patent applications once you have 40 or so under your belt.
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« Reply #7 on: Jun 6th, 2006, 6:19pm »
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I don't know if 40 is quite right, but I have heard that number as well. Many places ask for 3+ years experience and I know that I draft and/or edit about 17 per year.  
PTO examiners usually review at least 3-5 new cases per week, so that tends to accelerate your learning curve if you go that route.
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« Reply #8 on: Jun 6th, 2006, 7:34pm »
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It's just an anecdotal number. Of course it will vary, perhaps widely, from person to person.
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Re: Patent Agent Employment
« Reply #9 on: Jun 6th, 2006, 8:54pm »
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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.   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.
 
 
Network.  Network.  Network.  Its out there.   If you love the law of patents, then worrying about this detail shows you are not that serious about it other than making money.
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