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Re: Advice on changing career to patent agent
« Reply #5 on: Jul 29th, 2005, 12:27pm »
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I tried to reply to this the other day, but lost my post because I forgot to log in.  But I was also going to say that I'm not sure getting a paralegal certification is going to help you much.  I would at least try to talk to some attorneys in your area first and see what their advice would be on that.  I know that in some cases, having such a certification can even hurt you--e.g. I know one attorney who will not hire anyone with such a certification because he likes to train people himself, to do things his way.  He doesn't like people coming in with preconceived notions of how things should be done.  However, I don't know how widespread that is.  In any case, I would think concentrating on passing the patent bar should be your priority (and also, as much networking as possible).  
Also, if you are tied to the Dallas area, I would highly recommend looking at the websites of the firms in your area to see if they even hire patent agents.  While this is a fairly common thing in big cities on the coasts (and to some extent in Chicago), in other areas it is pretty rare.  I don't know anything about Dallas per se, but I would definitely look into that before you go too far down this path.  If you are willing/able to relocate, your options may open up considerably.  
Good luck!
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John Robottom
Re: Advice on changing career to patent agent
« Reply #6 on: Jul 29th, 2005, 2:29pm »
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Thanks to everyone for the thoughtful replies.
Here's another crazy idea that involves law school (I know, I said I had decided not to go, but I guess I just
hate letting go of that dream).  I will definitely bounce
this idea off of local (Dallas) firms and legal headhunters,
but your comments would also be appreciated:
   1)  Pass the patent exam.
   2)  Find a firm that will take me on as a patent
   agent and will agree to "significantly" assist
   with law school tuition, while I agree to
   be a lawyer for them at graduation.
If I could pull this off, then that would alleviate my
major fear about law school:  The cost of it.
I wouldn't mind too much having to take low pay as  
a patent agent / student as long as I could get a  
more reasonable salary when I can change my job
title to "lawyer".
Again, thanks in advance for your comments.
By the way, if you know of anyone that has taken this
route, I would be most appreciative if you could let
me know how to contact them.
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