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David
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Career path from Patent Examiner to Attorney
« on: Mar 26th, 2005, 6:26pm »
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How helpful is being a patent examiner to one's employment prospects and career as a patent attorney? I am considering working at the USPTO and taking classes in the evening. Would someone lacking job experience in this field be better served by studying for the LSAT in preparation for law school full-time as opposed to taking a position at the USPTO, studying for the Patent Bar, and limiting my options to law schools in D.C. with evening classes?  
 
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David
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Re: Career path from Patent Examiner to Attorney
« Reply #1 on: May 4th, 2005, 3:40pm »
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While working as patent examiners at the PTO in 1986, five of us bought all of the available LSAT review books and traded them off, studying for about 2 months. We all scored above 95% of all LSAT takers. I think they have since taken alot of the math off the LSAT test, to the detriment of technical grads. I would recommend working at the PTO for about 2 years while attending one of the IP speciality tracks at the DC area law schools. For the third year, I would hop to a DC area law firm.
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Re: Career path from Patent Examiner to Attorney
« Reply #2 on: May 4th, 2005, 8:00pm »
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There wasn't anything I'd consider math on the LSAT I took in
the late 90s.
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Isaac
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Re: Career path from Patent Examiner to Attorney
« Reply #3 on: May 19th, 2005, 1:36pm »
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I agree with Guest.  Not to mention that every law school in the DC area has an evening program (GW is #3 for IP) except for Howard and UDC (not top 2 tiers anyway).  So the second option would not be such limiting exerience.
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