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Dr. Chitra Savangikar
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Re: patent agent and scientist
« Reply #5 on: Jul 15th, 2007, 7:23am »
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You can work in both the capacities as a Scientists as well as a Patent Agent. I work mainly with pharma companies giving directions to their R & D as consulting scientists and also do their patent drafting as well as other patent related work.
 
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Re: patent agent and scientist
« Reply #6 on: Jul 15th, 2007, 7:12pm »
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I think you're misunderstanding that you can't work as an employee of the USPTO while also being an assignee or inventor having patents and filing applications.  (I presume that working for the USPTO would also prohibit working as a scientist who researches potentially patentable subject matter for outside firms.)  It's a conflict-of-interest issue solely for USPTO employees, who have access to new technologies that companies are just developing.
 
As a patent agent/attorney, you can still work on your own stuff, as long as you're not in conflict with your clients' interests.  If a client came to you with something really great, and you came up with an improvement, it probably wouldn't sit well with the client for you to patent it and try to license it back to them.
 
Then again, I'm assuming you are in the U.S. -- if you're somewhere else, different rules may apply.
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Re: patent agent and scientist
« Reply #7 on: Jul 16th, 2007, 1:20am »
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Consider a situation where  a person (in US) works as a scientist for  company A. Can he work simultaneously as  a Patent agent - not for A, but as an independent contractor? Is it not possible that he may get to read inventions of companies which are competitors of A and the inventions are related to his  field of work?
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Re: patent agent and scientist
« Reply #8 on: Jul 16th, 2007, 11:24am »
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There are potential conflict of interest issues for any patent agent or attorney who has more than one client or employer.  In the scenario presented the scientist / agent should inform company A of his or her "moonlighting".
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Re: patent agent and scientist
« Reply #9 on: Jul 16th, 2007, 12:15pm »
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on Jul 16th, 2007, 11:24am, Wiscagent wrote:
There are potential conflict of interest issues for any patent agent or attorney who has more than one client or employer.  In the scenario presented the scientist / agent should inform company A of his or her "moonlighting".

 
In particular, it is always possible that a company may want to move into an area where the scientist has been working as a patent agent.   The resulting conflict could put the scientist's day job at risk if the scientist has been moonlighting.
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