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« Reply #5 on: Jul 6th, 2005, 1:46pm »
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PiP asked "... if during my senior year I should study and take the patent bar exam before I graduate to became a patent agent."
 
The USPTO will not allow you to take the exam until you graduate.  You certainly can start studying while still in school, but you probably will not be able to take the exam until several months after graduation.  Assuming you pass the exam, it will be an additional couple of months before you are registered as a patent agent.
 
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« Reply #6 on: Jul 6th, 2005, 1:57pm »
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Sorry, misattribution – ACD asked about taking the patent bar while still in school.
 
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Re: What is the best route at a career in patent l
« Reply #7 on: Jul 6th, 2005, 2:25pm »
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Thanks Richard.  Your responses in these forums are EXTREMELY helpful and I enjoy reading your advice!  
 
ACD, I noticed that there are a few agents (usually 3 or less) at many of the law firms in NYC and who are attending either Fordham or NYU part time.  I don't know how these people get these great positions, but I'll be their firms are paying for the schooling, too.  
 
Building your experience in law is far more valuable than building it in EE or CE since you plan to do law for the rest of your life.  Might as well start building your knowledge base now...  I am also considering this part-time schooling since I can earn a lot of money with my PhD, but I'm scared about the amount of stress I'll have to take on.  
 
I want to ask you ACD, as I am just in my application process as well, what do you (or anyone else) think of Cardova (Yeshiva)?  They seem to have put major effort into their IP program.  Also, this might benefit you ACD, they have part time programs that begin at each semester, including summer.   They also let you start law school BEFORE you finish college!  I think that they make up for experience loss (by going to too much school) by also putting focus on clinical programs.  Although I've lived in NYC for a time, I have never heard anyone speak even the name of Yeshiva?!  I'm not saying that it's on par with Columbia or NYU, which would be insane, but what tier would you guys put it?  Is it better than Fordham, St. Johns or Rutgers?
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Re: What is the best route at a career in patent l
« Reply #8 on: Jul 6th, 2005, 3:23pm »
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Honestly PiP, I have never heard of Cardova (Yeshiva).  I cannot say where this school would stand when compared to Rutgers, Fordham or St Johns.  I live in NYC and never heard of Cardova.  From many of the other posting I have read in this forum, a school may be much more influential within its district than it would be on a national spectrum.  You might have to consult the school’s statistics to see how Cardova compares to other schools.  
PiP since your in almost the same predicament as I am, I would like to know something.  Even though I am graduating next May I plan to take a year off before I proceed towards law school what is your take on this?
As IPLVER suggested, I could also look into a career as a technical specialist/law clerk or I could even try the patent agent route.  I know this would not probably pay as much as I could obtain within engineering but I would like to know how you’re dealing with the transition from PhD to law?
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Re: What is the best route at a career in patent l
« Reply #9 on: Jul 6th, 2005, 5:42pm »
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ACD the technical specialist law clerk rule means that you have to go to school and work. As a return you will be able to get paid and get experience.
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