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alleygator
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Re: HELP - how to get into IP
« Reply #5 on: Aug 14th, 2005, 2:31am »
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Hi,
 
I'm a patent litigator, and here's my opinion:
 
- no reason not to be able to get into IP, so long as you understand that you shouldn't expect any credit for your years as a financial analyst; you don't have any actual legal experience, so you'll have to start as a first / second year associate
 
- similarly, you don't really have any IP experience per se... that summer internship isn't going to impress anyone in the field.  The most it shows is an interest in the field. Again, it's just a matter of understanding that you're inexperienced in the field, so you'll have to start as a first year.
 
- don't underestimate the value of your MBA and finance experience.  There has been a lot of finance-related patent work lately at some firms, due to business method patents, and there are no truly qualified patent attorneys to do the work (before, there was never a "finance to patent law" career path).  There aren't a lot of firms that do this sort of work, but some of them do.  
 
- skip grad school... useless
 
- the WIPO internship could be very good. It's a well-known institution, so it could be the brand-name you need on your c.v. to land interviews. Plus you get to spend the summer in Geneva (but isn't the summer close to over?)
 
Good luck!
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Phillip Raymond
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Re: HELP - how to get into IP
« Reply #6 on: Aug 18th, 2005, 11:43am »
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Wow - very very helpful and thoughtful advice.  Do you think that sitting for the patent bar is essential to practice business methods patent litigation - and what firms have practices in this area?
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