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Seriously, is this a stupid idea?
« on: Aug 7th, 2006, 7:48am »
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I have an interview with an IP firm tomorrow (Tuesday).  If I go to work there, I would probably take the necessary courses to satisfy Part B of the Patent exam requirements.
 
My question is, is it stupid to become a patent litigator/IP lawyer without a *degree* in a technical field?  Will I be able to move to another firm if I decide to do so?  I'm concerned about getting "stuck" if I don't get a B.S. in a technical field.
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Re: Seriously, is this a stupid idea?
« Reply #1 on: Aug 7th, 2006, 1:20pm »
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There are probably some firms that look for litigators with technical backgrounds, but that is not universally true.   The best litigators are those who can get a collection of lay people (judge and jury) to understand technical issues in a way favorable to the client.    
 
From what I've been able to observe there are many litigators with non technical backgrounds who are better at getting a story over to the judge or jury than are most patent attorneys (given the right help which might include an assist from a patent attorney).  
 
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Re: Seriously, is this a stupid idea?
« Reply #2 on: Aug 7th, 2006, 2:01pm »
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That is very, very good to hear.  It's what I plan to tell the firm during my interview tomorrow, actually--that my key strength for them is being able to assimilate a difficult concept and explain it simply and cogently to a non-techie.
 
Thanks, Isaac.  In this and my other questions, you've been a real life-line.
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Re: Seriously, is this a stupid idea?
« Reply #3 on: Aug 17th, 2006, 10:33am »
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I don't understand how someone who isn't category A eligible, and hasn't passed the patent bar has interviews with IP law firms.
 
I am a Mechanical Engineer, registered to practice before the USPTO and it is hard for me to get interviews.  All the firms want someone with 2-5 years experience.
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Re: Seriously, is this a stupid idea?
« Reply #4 on: Aug 17th, 2006, 10:48am »
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on Aug 17th, 2006, 10:33am, florida wrote:
I don't understand how someone who isn't category A eligible, and hasn't passed the patent bar has interviews with IP law firms.

 
Because he is interviewing for a litigation position which does not require registration and he has litigation experience?
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