The Intellectual Property Law Server

Welcome, Guest. Please Login or Register.
Jul 4th, 2020, 11:18pm

Forums Forums Help Help Search Search Members Members Calendar Calendar Login Login Register Register
   Intellectual Property Forums
  
  
Patent Agent/Lawyer Careers
(Moderators: Forum Admin, JimIvey, JSonnabend)
   What is the best route at a career in patent lit
« Previous topic | Next topic »
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Reply Reply Send Topic Send Topic Print Print
   Author  Topic: What is the best route at a career in patent lit  (Read 6055 times)
PiP
Junior Member
**




   


Posts: 74
Re: What is the best route at a career in patent l
« Reply #35 on: Jul 20th, 2005, 1:18pm »
Quote Quote Modify Modify

Ya, I would also like to know how you pulled it off, TechSpec...?  U're in perfect situation, sounds like!
 
ACD, I don't think that people will find it v unethical if you work for them for a year and then jet.  In considering postdoc opportunities for me while I wait for law school, I thought that it would be really bad of me to start somewhere and then quit to go do law.  The people I ran the idea past didn't really get phased by it, on a moral level or otherwise!  However, it is hard for me to accept that level of ambivalence.  How can you want someone to work for you and then not care very much if he/she leaves?  I think that a big change of fields suggests that you have made a life-altering choice that should be supported, but it still seems wrong somehow.  Anyone else got feedback on this?
 
Also, the administrator needs to change the forum so that when you are replying to a message, the most recent messages appear beneath the reply window.  Would make it easier.
IP Logged
tech_spec
Newbie
*




   


Posts: 6
Re: What is the best route at a career in patent l
« Reply #36 on: Jul 20th, 2005, 2:34pm »
Quote Quote Modify Modify

Getting a technical specialist position is not easy, but it can be done. It's easier to do around DC/NY/Boston where there are many patent firms. Go to http://www.infirmation.com/bboard/clubs.tcl?topic=Greedy%20IP and search for TECHADV (or pull up msg 42501 and look up search codes for other useful stuff as well, such as litigation vs prosecution).  Some of the messages on that board are very useful for identifying which firms have tech. specialist programs, how much they pay, etc.
 
I landed my job because I have decent grades at a decent law school, good undergrad degree from a top engineering program, and some previous industry/patent experince.  I doubt you need all of that to land a job, but it helps, in my opinion, to have either good (read marketable) engineering experience in the area in which the firm is prosecuting patents or a flashy degree, such as EE from MIT/Berkeley. Or PTO experience. Or, just get lucky and hit on a firm which really, really needs someone and doesn't mind training. It really varies.  
 
However, one advice I could give for finding a tech spec. position is to do research before sending out a ton of resumes.  You will be most likely hired for your technical knowledge, so find a firm that prosecutes/litigates in the area that you are an expert.  It will be much easier to sell yourself to a firm if they think you can help them with technical details.  Once you identify some firms that recruit tech. specialists, go on PTO's website and figure out if these firms file patents in your background. If yes, there is a good chance they will be interested in you.
 
 
« Last Edit: Jul 20th, 2005, 2:38pm by tech_spec » IP Logged
PiP
Junior Member
**




   


Posts: 74
Re: What is the best route at a career in patent l
« Reply #37 on: Jul 20th, 2005, 3:30pm »
Quote Quote Modify Modify

Some of my favorite highlights from that thread:
 
"...Oh, and you have to supervise all those associates and review and be responsible for all of their work, too. This can lead to a side effect of multiple spouse syndrome.  
 
Think of being an associate going for the brass ring of partnership as a pie-eating contest. If you win, you get the prize--MORE pie!"

 
 Smiley Wink Cheesy Grin
IP Logged
Pages: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8  Reply Reply Send Topic Send Topic Print Print

« Previous topic | Next topic »
Powered by YaBB 1 Gold - SP 1.3.2!
Forum software copyright 2000-2004 Yet another Bulletin Board