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M12324
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hours a patent attorney works?
« on: Jul 30th, 2006, 4:29pm »
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How many hours a week does the typical patent attorney work? Is it different in prosecution vs litigation? Do attorneys go on vacation? There doesn't seem to be much literature around describing what being a patent attorney is like.
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JRW
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Re: hours a patent attorney works?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 4th, 2006, 7:36am »
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It depends on what you want.
 
There are two extremes.  Corporate work is pretty much a 40-45 hour work week with 3 to 4 weeks of vacation.  On the other hand, if you work at one  of the high power law firms (e.g., Jones Day or Fullbright), then you will be working more like 60-70 hours per week with two weeks of vacation.
 
And, there are law firms that fall somewhere in the middle.
 
One task for a new attorney is to determine what they want out of life and what they are willing to give up to get it.  ==> Nothing is free.  <==
 
You want 4 weeks vacation a year?  Prepare to make 50% less than attorneys at the big firms.  You want to make $500K a year?  Prepare to see your kids once a year for 2 hours on Christmas morning.
 
At any job as a patent lawyer, you migh thave to work 80 hours during a week--even at a corporation.
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