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Chloe Anderson
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Re: Career Advice
« Reply #20 on: Aug 22nd, 2007, 8:36pm »
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Patent attorneys are flooding the market due to lower attrition rates, more law schools with IP programs, and Bachelor of Science students not finding jobs, so law schools are flooded with technical folks.  Also, some law schools offer a degree in IP for engineers.  
 
The PTO website states 8339 active agents and 26315 active attorneys.  Considering there was 415,551 applications filed in 2006 and the number of agents and attorneys, it is a flooded market place.    
   
Law firms do not want to train newbies, which is a loss for the firm and corporations only want to hire experienced attorneys.   Find a patent attorney job with a small law firm, or volunteer if needed.
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Re: Career Advice
« Reply #21 on: Aug 23rd, 2007, 3:31pm »
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There are patent attorneys everywhere.  They are a flood of human bodies clogging our streets and cities.
 
In fact, I stopped at a traffic light in the city this morning and one tried to squeegee my windshield.
 
Then, I gave another one 5 bucks this afternoon.  He was standing outside the Holy Infant Soup Kitchen looking for handouts.
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Re: Career Advice
« Reply #22 on: Sep 1st, 2007, 11:19am »
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Consider relocating to a smaller market.  Fewer folks want to live in the smaller markets, so the competition is less.  Of course, there are fewer jobs in the smaller markets, too   Grin  
 
Also try smaller patent prosecution boutiques.  These can be a good start or a good cradle-to-grave alternative.
 
Look hard for an alternative job while doing the contract stuff.  Doing the contract attorney thing is not a career path (as you know).
 
Don't go back to engineering (unless you want to be an engineer) or do the EE thing (unless you want to work with EE patent stuff).  A ChemE can do chem, mechanical, materials (think semiconductor materials, for example), maybe some bio stuff, etc.  Sell yourself as a jack-of-all-technologies and able to help in myriad technologies (especially helpful if selling yourself to a small shop).
 
And, of course, follow the advice given on the Greedy IP board.  Wink
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Re: Career Advice
« Reply #23 on: Nov 26th, 2007, 10:56pm »
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Just wondering what ever happened?
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Re: Career Advice
« Reply #24 on: Dec 28th, 2007, 2:39pm »
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I find it funny that some people on here classify Chem E as a life science.  Chem E is definitely NOT a life science. Think process engineering (Valves, piping, heat exchangers) with knowledge of chemical reactors, reaction engineering, and the usually heat transfer, mass transfer, and thermodynamics thrown in.
 
At the BS level most engineering disciplines have roughly the same background.
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