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Biochem PhD switching to Patent agent
« on: Jun 6th, 2007, 6:33pm »
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Hi all,  
I am very interested in becoming a patent agent or patent attorney. I hope to get advice to help me make some decisions.    
I have a B.S. in Biology and will receive PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Sept./Oct. 2007.  
I will have 3-4 publications when I graduate: 1 or 2 first-author, 1 co-first author, and 1 fourth-author paper.  All are research articles in decent Bio Journal (Impact factor ~7).  I don’t have any industry experience (no postdoc experience obviously).    
How is the market for patent agent with a PhD in Biochemistry now? Do I need postdoc experience? If yes, is industry postdoc better than academic postdoc? After I graduate, should I start as a tech advisor in a law firm or should I take the patent bar exam now and look for patent agent position?  or take LSAT and apply for Law school now.
I am fluent in written and spoken English, but English is not my native language. I wonder if language would be a major hurdle for me to get into the patent agent career. Does anyone from a non-English-speaking country success in US as a patent agent/lawyer?  
I am currently an Alien student with temporary visa (F1), but I will have one-year training period (OPT) after graduate.  I will need a company to sponsor a H1 visa to work in the US after OPT.  Any one has the same experience?  
Any advice will be greatly appreciated.  Wink  
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