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IT Career Change
« on: Sep 12th, 2006, 4:23pm »
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I have read quite a few posts on switching to patent law from being a EE. I have seen some positive replies, and some dissuading anyone from leaving IT to go into Patent Law.
I love new technology, pick up concepts very quickly, and the notion of taking my degree, plus my 12 years experience in the IT industry, plus an MBA I got along the way, and turning it into a working machine (where IP law would be the vessel I could use to combine all of my experience together and become successful). The salaries are certainly better than anyone would make in IT these days in my area, and success would mean challenge and reward for good work.  
Am I off base in being extremely excited to torture myself for 3 years and go into this field?
Also, I have seen many answers on a typical workday for a Patent Lawyer. My brother actually had his own IP practice, and is a work-a-holic. Who knows, maybe I will enjoy it so much I will be too. Can anyone shed light on what an entry level Patent Attorney would be working each week? I have heard larger firms want at least 55-60 billable hours off the get-go. Is this true?  
Finally, if I start as planned next fall, I will be 37 when I graduate. Have I missed the boat?
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