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Jenny P
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getting started as a patent agent
« on: Jun 20th, 2006, 11:44am »
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Hi--
 
Am interested in finding out more about what is involved with being a patent agent.  I would like to volunteer in a law office in the evenings/on the weekends to get my feet wet.  Can you suggest any other ways?  I have my M.S. (in Biology), not my Ph.D.---how much will this hinder me? Will firms help finance your law degree if you work for them as an agent?  What is the starting salary like?  I live in the NYC area...any firms that you can suggest that would be friendly to newcomers?
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Re: getting started as a patent agent
« Reply #1 on: Jun 20th, 2006, 12:10pm »
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Most law firms have bios of attorneys/agents.  My suggestion would be to see if any firms in your area have agents with a similar background as you do.
 
It can also help to look at a firm's technology areas by searching through some patents/applications.  See if you can read and understand some of those patent applications outside of your background.  In my experience, showing a willingness and ability to learn and write about technologies outside of your undergrad/grad major can go a long way.
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Jenny P
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Re: getting started as a patent agent
« Reply #2 on: Jun 20th, 2006, 1:34pm »
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How do you look through patent apps?  Wondering if anyone in the NYC area knows of good biotech firms to try?  Cold-calling can be tough...but I'm going to do it anyway.  Thanks for the advice....
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Re: getting started as a patent agent
« Reply #3 on: Jun 20th, 2006, 2:07pm »
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A good place to start for searching is the USPTO website(www.uspto.gov).
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