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Dan Kog
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Patent Agent -> JD -> Patent Attorney
« on: Mar 16th, 2007, 5:48pm »
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Hi there,
 
I have a bachelor's in EE, and have worked as a software engineer for the last 5 years in the Bay Area.
 
My problem is that I THINK I want to become a patent attorney, but I'm not sure. Please, tell me if the following plan makes sense to you guys:
 
1) I pass the Patent Bar Exam
2) I find a job as a Patent Agent in one of the local firms (is it possible, without having or even studying for a JD?)
3) Work there for a year, and if I happen to like the work and be good at it - go for a part-time JD studies in Santa Clara University,which has a good IP reputation, I heard.
4) Getting a JD will automatically upgrade me to a Patent Attorney Smiley
 
Thanks!!
Daniel.
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Re: Patent Agent -> JD -> Patent Attorney
« Reply #1 on: Mar 16th, 2007, 5:52pm »
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on Mar 16th, 2007, 5:48pm, Dan Kog wrote:
Hi there,
 
I have a bachelor's in EE, and have worked as a software engineer for the last 5 years in the Bay Area.
 
My problem is that I THINK I want to become a patent attorney, but I'm not sure. Please, tell me if the following plan makes sense to you guys:
 
1) I pass the Patent Bar Exam
2) I find a job as a Patent Agent in one of the local firms (is it possible, without having or even studying for a JD?)
3) Work there for a year, and if I happen to like the work and be good at it - go for a part-time JD studies in Santa Clara University,which has a good IP reputation, I heard.
4) Getting a JD will automatically upgrade me to a Patent Attorney Smiley
 
Thanks!!
Daniel.

 
You want to become a patent attorney is not your problem, but rather it is an excellent goal in your career.  It sounds great to me.  I wish I had done the same thing.  
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Re: Patent Agent -> JD -> Patent Attorney
« Reply #2 on: Mar 16th, 2007, 9:23pm »
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Do it.  
The time will pass, 4 years, at which point you will either be a patent attorney or not.  
 
If you are not a patent attorney but would like to be, 4 years gone. If you are a patent attorney and do not like it, deliver pizzas.
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