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(Message started by: physics_phd on Sep 12th, 2005, 7:24pm)

Title: need avice - career in IP for physics PhD
Post by physics_phd on Sep 12th, 2005, 7:24pm
sorry for the double posting (I have posted in the "becoming a
patent agent / lawyer" forum but got no response)

I'm 36 and I have a PhD in Physics (theoretical/computational  
condensed matter physics) from a good western European university.  
I did 4 years of postdoc in the US and Europe, and since last  
year I'm an associate professor in a European pretty good,  
large university. I'm a EU citizen with US green card.

I'm considering now swtiching to IP to become a patent agent
or  technology specialist. One of the things that attract me is  
the possibility of keeping in touch broadly with science/technology.
I have a fairly broad scientific education, I speak 4 languages,  
I have published interdisciplinary work in molecular  
biophysics and in algorithmics, and I have a reasonably good  
command of English.

I'd appreciate any feedback on career in IP with my kind
of background,  and  in particular on the questions below.

1. what are the chances to find a job as patent agent (assuming
I pass the patent bar) or technology specialist / scientific advisor,  
especially in the San Francisco bay area / silicon valley?

2. what kind of career progression and earnings can I realistically
expect, say over the next 5-10 years without going to law school?

3. what is the daily work of a technology specialist / patent agent like?

4. is my age or work experience an handicap?

Thanks a lot for your help.



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