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Bill McCalister
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Question about being a patent agent
« on: Sep 29th, 2006, 6:52pm »
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In what ways would the subject matter taught in law school courses on patents which is not related to prosecution (ie. - litigation) better enable an examiner to do his/her job?
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Re: Question about being a patent agent
« Reply #1 on: Sep 29th, 2006, 10:39pm »
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EDIT: Title should have read "questions about being a patent EXAMINER"
 
sorry, been staring at this screen all day.
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Justin
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 30th, 2006, 11:13am »
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Obviously the writing skills that you learn will help tremendously.  
 
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Re: Question about being a patent agent
« Reply #3 on: Sep 30th, 2006, 12:27pm »
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I would think your ability to read and write fast in legal context, spot the issues, and perform legal analysis, etc.
 
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Re: Question about being a patent agent
« Reply #4 on: Sep 30th, 2006, 6:32pm »
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on Sep 29th, 2006, 6:52pm, Bill McCalister wrote:
In what ways would the subject matter taught in law school courses on patents which is not related to prosecution (ie. - litigation) better enable an examiner to do his/her job?

 
I would expect that much of the subject matter related to litigating the validity of patents is closely related to the law applied during examination.   Further, an exposure to litigation concerns might enhance an examiners ability to appreciate and anticipate the applicants concerns during prosecution.
 
I don't personally believe that an examiner will learn any writing skills during law school that will be of any significant help on the job.
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