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Re: Patent Agent/Tech Specialist Experience Wanted
« Reply #5 on: Jul 26th, 2006, 5:49pm »
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Hello Janice,
I am in almost the same position as you (minus the husband and kids) and have the same questions too.  I have a Ph.D. in Molecular Biol. and studied cancer as a doctoral student - though I elected not to do a post doc as I figured out that patent law was the field I wanted to be in.  
I started applying for jobs after I graduated and have not had any appreciable luck 2 solid months into the search.  I have decided that the I could most productively use my time by studying for and than taking the paten bar exam while I am job searching.  I am hopeful that passing the bar will make me more competative.  
I would suggest that you start making contacts in the IP field NOW!  The more you are on the net searching and finding information the better prepared you will be for a serious job search.  If you come across some patent agents/lawyers (particularily partners) who are also Ph.D.'s you might consider sending them an e-mail explaining a bit of your background and asking them for advice.  I have done this and come across some very lovely and helpful people; the added benefit being that they may remember you, when you decide it is the right time to send around your resume, and be willing to give it more that a passing glance.
Also, you might want to start looking in advance for internship opportunities with big firms - this may be a way in!  I have not come across any specific internships for Tech. Advisors but have found from talking to people in the field that if the timing was right some would consider having us as interns right along with there usual summer law school batch.  You could e-mail around and see what sort of response you get.  Also, if you are comfortable with that sort of thing - just cold call some lawyers and see how far you get.  Some lawyers don't mind talking to you and others would just rather you go away!!
Here's a word of encouragement though - you, unlike myself, found this great site and forum well before you need to go looking for a job.  This can only help.
Best Wishes  
 
P.S.:  please pardon and spelling mistakes - I often type very fast Smiley
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Re: Patent Agent/Tech Specialist Experience Wanted
« Reply #6 on: Jul 26th, 2006, 7:30pm »
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Thanks Gin and Smokie for posting your advice!  I wish you both good luck in obtaining jobs in patent law too.   Smiley
 
I am just beginning to gather study materials for the patent bar exam.  I did find some job openings, but I feel it's too early to apply.  I will definitely network in the IP field while I am eagerly waiting to move on.  I'll also look into the internships.  I would happy with any opportunity for patent experience.  Thanks again for your comments and encouragement!
 
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Re: Patent Agent/Tech Specialist Experience Wanted
« Reply #7 on: Jul 27th, 2006, 3:29pm »
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Hey Janice,
Thanks for the good wishes.  I think we could all do with atleast some good if not great luck  Cheesy
By the way, are you looking into any particular courses to study for the patent bar or are you going to try studying by yourself using the MPEP?  I ask because I am thinking of purchasing Jim Longacre's Pass The Patent Bar home study course and wanted to know if you have heard anything about it.  
For that matter, has anyone else an opinion or advise on these types of courses?
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Re: Patent Agent/Tech Specialist Experience Wanted
« Reply #8 on: Jul 27th, 2006, 5:33pm »
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I'm planning on either the Longacre home study course or the online Omniprep course.  I'm leaning towards Omniprep because it is cheaper and there is a guarantee and flexible study schedules.  The only disadvantage I see is that you don't get any paper copies of the MPEP or their study guides.  At least I didn't see that they send you this material.  I would like to take notes on paper, but I guess I could always print out the material.  
 
I hope this helps you, Smokie!
 
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Re: Patent Agent/Tech Specialist Experience Wanted
« Reply #9 on: Jul 27th, 2006, 10:24pm »
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I'll give a plug to Longacre.  I attended his live course and used his study guide to move from 40-50% on practice exams to 80% +.  I passed the Patent Bar on my first attempt.  The price is reasonable in comparison to most.
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