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stillstudying
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Is becoming an agent worthwhile nowadays?
« on: Mar 20th, 2007, 5:32pm »
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After browsing the job ads on the main page, it looks like all of the employers are looking for patent attorneys with 2+ years of experience.
 
Is there a market for mere patent agents, with little or no experience, any more?  My background is CS (master's degree, over ten years of experience).
 
Thanks much.
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Re: Is becoming an agent worthwhile nowadays?
« Reply #1 on: Mar 20th, 2007, 5:49pm »
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If you keep plugging, I think you will find a position.  You can also do some voluntary patent prosecution for few months until you land a position.
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Re: Is becoming an agent worthwhile nowadays?
« Reply #2 on: Mar 20th, 2007, 6:10pm »
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“Is there a market for mere patent agents, with little or no experience, any more?”
 
There certainly are patent agent jobs.  If you are persistent, willing to relocate, and willing to accept a job that is not quite what you’re hoping for, you should be able to find a patent agent job.
 
Regarding the suggestion to “do some voluntary patent prosecution for few months,” that is not an approach I would consider.
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Re: Is becoming an agent worthwhile nowadays?
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on Mar 20th, 2007, 6:10pm, Wiscagent wrote:
and willing to accept a job that is not quite what you’re hoping for

Could you clarify this a bit?  It's one thing to be doing office actions for months at a time  ;D , quite another to be pushing the coffee cart around the office (or worse).  >:(
 
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Re: Is becoming an agent worthwhile nowadays?
« Reply #4 on: Mar 21st, 2007, 7:16am »
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Examples of patent-related jobs, other than drafting and prosecuting applications, for which a patent agent is likely to be qualified include:
 
 - prior art searches
 This includes corporate work (can be an R&D focus or legal focus); support in a law firm, or a full-time position in a law firm or search firm.
 
 - reviewing and classifying patents
 Can be corporate in-house or for an IP firm, includes identifying trends and opportunities, mapping patent estates.
 
 - supporting oppositions or litigations
 Corporate or law firm work:  can focus on working with inventors, notebooks; or more on the legal end.
 
 - reviewing invention disclosures
 Typically corporate work, functioning as an interface between R&D and legal.  Patent facilitator or patent liaison.
 
 - other IP, but not necessarily patent work
 Providing general support in a law firm; sort of para-legal work.
 
 - Pushing a coffee cart around the office  
 Danish, bagels, muffins
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