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bob sanders
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Re: PhD in Biochemistry switching to patent agent
« Reply #5 on: Sep 3rd, 2007, 4:45pm »
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I hope you wont be able to take the patent bar. If every F-1 visa holder in the US went into patent law, the salaries would  
plummet. Since you got a free education courtesy the US tax payer, you should at the very least
 
1. Go back home
2. Work in the area you were trained.
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Re: PhD in Biochemistry switching to patent agent
« Reply #6 on: Sep 4th, 2007, 10:32pm »
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on Sep 3rd, 2007, 4:45pm, bob sanders wrote:
Since you got a free education courtesy the US tax payer

 
What did he say that indicates that his education was free or paid for with taxpayer money?
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Re: PhD in Biochemistry switching to patent agent
« Reply #7 on: Sep 5th, 2007, 6:34am »
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on Jun 5th, 2007, 11:22pm, BioGeek wrote:
How is the market for patent agent with a PhD in Biochemistry now? Do I need postdoc experience? If yes, is industry postdoc better than academic postdoc?

There have been quite a few job postings on this board for agents/attorneys with a biotech background;  you might try contacting them.  Also look on the major job boards such as Monster.  I'd say the market looks healthy.  No idea about postdocs.
 
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After I graduate, should I start as a tech advisor in a law firm or should I take the patent bar exam now and look for patent agent position? or take LSAT exam and apply for Law school now.
 
I am currently an Alien student with temporary visa (F1), but I will have one-year training period (OPT) after graduate.

There have been several discussions on the board about aliens taking the patent bar already.  The consensus seems to be that, on a nonimmigrant visa, you won't be allowed to take the patent bar unless you are already employed by a firm as a technical specialist.  Also, you would only be granted "limited recognition" for the duration of your employment while in the U.S., not full registration.
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Re: PhD in Biochemistry switching to patent agent
« Reply #8 on: Sep 6th, 2007, 8:40pm »
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Tough question.  I worked as a technical specialist for a year and took the patent bar while working and also studied for the LSAT.  This worked well for me.
 
Getting a high LSAT is very important to getting into a top law school.  Prepare early and often.
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Re: PhD in Biochemistry switching to patent agent
« Reply #9 on: Sep 9th, 2007, 4:56pm »
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on Sep 4th, 2007, 10:32pm, Isaac wrote:

 
What did he say that indicates that his education was free or paid for with taxpayer money?

 
Almost without exception, PhD tuition in the chemical, biological and physical sciences is paid by universities through NIH type grants. The theory is that there is a critical shortage of people in these fields and hence the influx of low paid foreign scientists. The reality is that academics just want cheap labor and dont give a hoot about the general job market. They could create 'real staff scientist jobs' but that would imply giving a credible status to their workers. It's much better to have people who will be deported if they dont work hard enough (pretty much the deal in most pharmaceutical companies today as well).
 
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