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1200firestarter
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need to have a Master/PhD to work in patent?
« on: Apr 20th, 2007, 9:24pm »
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I have a gpa of about 3.4 out of 4.0 from a very decent school, 1 year of experience working as an engineer in semiconductor digital design (my work involves little research, mostly development), before graduating i had several internships from companies like motorola. like many of u i'm a little tired of engineering and eyeing on to start a career within the patent sector.
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Re: need to have a Master/PhD to work in patent?
« Reply #1 on: Apr 20th, 2007, 9:26pm »
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so here are some of the option i'm pondering on,  
 1. get a job as a patent agent (i wonder if not having any MS or phD will decrease my chance of getting into the core of this industry)
 2. go back to do a Master in EE  
 3. go do a J.D (study in USA)  or LLB (study in UK) and just what are my chances of getting into a top law school?  
 4. do a master in intellectual property  
 
please advise which of these option would help more in the long run?
 
 
THANKS.
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Re: need to have a Master/PhD to work in patent?
« Reply #2 on: Apr 20th, 2007, 9:38pm »
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1) If you want too
2) It isn't necessary for someone with a BS in EE
3) 25% higher pay than option 1, and scales better, getting into a top school will depend entirely on you destroying the LSAT, if you intend to do this, set aside at least a few months where you will be doing absolutely nothing else except study for the test, it is very very difficult, you would be looking for a score in the mid 160s or higher for a top school. You can do just as well though at a non-top school if you obtain a well above average GPA there, the lower the school, the closer to the top you will have to be. (you are in a little better position though with an EE degree, a firm will go a little bit lower into the class ranks to pick one up than they normally would)
4) A master in IP is a LLM, and you have to get a JD first, not necessary unless you want to go into academia
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Re: need to have a Master/PhD to work in patent?
« Reply #3 on: Apr 20th, 2007, 9:47pm »
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hey thanx!
so would u say that the master in EE is pretty irrelevant to working within the patent industry?  
i thought tat firms prefers their ppl come from big name schools and have uber high qualification so they can bill their clients more easily?  
i mean, what are these firms really looking for within a candidate?
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Re: need to have a Master/PhD to work in patent?
« Reply #4 on: Apr 20th, 2007, 11:15pm »
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They are looking for experience more than anything else, they don't like training people.
 
But, they are happy to take people with high ranking/top schools and with the technical degrees they need. You only need a BS if you have an EE degree, a masters is overkill. Pure science degrees usually tend to need to have a PhD to be really competitive though, so you will definitely see some PhDs from other degrees.
 
They at least want someone who has a high potential to learn quickly if they don't have experience.
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