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Dntblvvrythngnthntrnt
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Re: Is becoming a patent agent a smart move?
« Reply #10 on: Dec 19th, 2007, 1:21pm »
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I'm an agent.  I'll elaborate more tonight.  Right now, I need to be billing.   Grin
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Re: Is becoming a patent agent a smart move?
« Reply #11 on: Dec 19th, 2007, 3:12pm »
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I was a patent agent.  Now i'm a patent attorney.  I suffered the same pain as Defeated Army.  Actually even as an attorney, I'm waiting for the day I too get fired so that I can rest, collect that fat unemployment check, and shop for a patent litigation job.  Patent prosecution is for the birds!  I plan on coming up about 350 hours short this year.  I know there's not a chance in heck I'll ever get fired though.  Firms can't find suckers like me to sit around and draft quality patent applications all day.   Trying to figure out what I went to law school for, when it doesn't look like patent prosecutors actually practice law.
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Re: Is becoming a patent agent a smart move?
« Reply #12 on: Dec 19th, 2007, 3:58pm »
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Oh, and to really twist the knife in harder for all you patent agents out there.... my job tasks didn't change one bit after becoming an attorney.  I just get paid double now for doing the same stuff i did as a patent agent.  
 
I do notice the secrataries being a bit more helpfull now.  Funny how that works out.
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Dntblvvrythngnthntrnt
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Re: Is becoming a patent agent a smart move?
« Reply #13 on: Dec 20th, 2007, 6:40am »
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Guys, you just need to find a firm that has a large amount of patent agents (and/or tech specialists).  Don't work at a large general practice firm.  Don't work at a boutique that employs only 1 or 2 patent agents.  I can assure there are firms out there where patent agents are treated with respect.  Admittedly, they may or may not be easy to find.  I happened to stumble across such a firm in my job search years ago.
 
To answer the OP's question.  Yes, I think it is a smart move.  You might end up hating the profession.  It would be better to find that out as a patent agent than an attorney who has just spent three years of time and $ in law school.
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Re: Is becoming a patent agent a smart move?
« Reply #14 on: Dec 25th, 2007, 7:33pm »
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I work for a large IP firm with more than 20 agents and I have to say that this happens in my company also.  We do the same work and we get 1/2 of the pay.
 
Now, after having just watched Walmart lawsuits where the women are getting less pay than the men for doing the same work, they are suing for discrimination.  Now since it seems that we are doing the same work for substaintially less pay, should we not be suing also?
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