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Help Please! Patent Attorney Career Advice
« on: Jan 16th, 2007, 10:09am »
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I am currently a PhD student in the biomedical sciences, with aspirations of becoming a patent attorney.  Is it worth continuing my disertation research and finishing my PhD prior to law school or should I get out now with a Masters? Will this impact my career in the future?  Right now, I plan on taking the patent bar this spring and then split time between my diseratation research and working in research development office under a patent attorney to get experience.  Does this sound like a good stratagey?
 
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Re: Help Please! Patent Attorney Career Advice
« Reply #1 on: Jan 16th, 2007, 11:14am »
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IMHO: Ph.D. and Patent Bar Exam before, during or right after Law School would be a good approach.
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Re: Help Please! Patent Attorney Career Advice
« Reply #2 on: Jan 16th, 2007, 7:46pm »
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An agent must have a PhD if you want to work in biotech prosecution.  There is too much competition out there for agents with MS degrees.  If you want to practice law, then work on getting admitted to law school while you finish your dissertation.  Unless you take the LSAT next month, you'll be looking at starting law school in the fall of 2008 anyway. I wouldn't worry about working in a university-type tech transfer office.  Most in-house types farm out their real prosecution work.  Most of what goes on there will relate to licensing and disclosure work, not prosecution.  If you want to see what the prosecution is about, try interning at an IP firm/boutique.  Some firms might let you intern as a technical specialist, while working on your dissertation.  Others might not.  If you are turned down, keep trying.  Best of luck.
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