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JAYC
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Working at the PTO as a back up
« on: Feb 19th, 2007, 8:50pm »
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Question for anyone:
 
Lets say I go through 3 years of law school, have an engineering degree, but am unable to find a job at a patent boutique or a law firm's patent department after graduation.  
 
As a back up, is it always possible to go to the USPTO after law school for a few years, then use that experience to leverage myself into a firm that does patent prosecution?
 
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JAYC
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Re: Working at the PTO as a back up
« Reply #1 on: Feb 19th, 2007, 8:53pm »
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Also keep in mind, I don't care about making 50-60k at the PTO for a few years, if it will open up doors to law firms in the future.
 
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Re: Working at the PTO as a back up
« Reply #2 on: Feb 19th, 2007, 9:41pm »
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I certainly don't have the experience/knowledge as many others here, but I think others have mentioned here that the PTO is often reluctant to higher lawyers as examiners, knowing that they'll flee to greener pastures much sooner than later.
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Re: Working at the PTO as a back up
« Reply #3 on: Feb 20th, 2007, 7:37am »
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Forest -  
 
That isn't true from my experience.  
 
My undergrad is in engineering.  I went to a regional law school, and wasn't able to find anything in patent law after graduation at a big firm or a boutique.  So I went to the patent office.  The SPE who interviewed me actually thought the JD was a real plus.  Other SPEs may view it differently.  
 
Like the original poster, I'd thought of the patent office as a backup as well.  While I may not be making $110k like a few of my classmates, I'm doing alright.
 
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Re: Working at the PTO as a back up
« Reply #4 on: Feb 20th, 2007, 8:07am »
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perhaps I was thinking more that they don't want you in law school while working (at least right away). Like I said- I know little about the PTO in terms of hiring practice.
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