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(Message started by: modiglianni on Dec 16th, 2005, 10:26am)

Title: Is Physics Still a Viable Degree?
Post by modiglianni on Dec 16th, 2005, 10:26am
I am an attorney with two years of experience as a statute drafter and two of experience as a narcotics prosecutor.  I became interested in physics and a fortunate real estate investiment allowed me some time to pursue a second bachelor's degree.  I have always had an interest in patent law and plan to sit for the patent bar as soon as I have the 24 physics credits.  How viable is a bachelor's degree in physics in todays patent law market?  

Title: Re: Is Physics Still a Viable Degree?
Post by p@tent.guy on Dec 16th, 2005, 12:45pm
As an undergraduate Physics and Astronomy major I can say first hand that a Physics degree still carries a great deal of weight.

Specifically, if you look at the way the USPTO is broken up, http://www.uspto.gov/web/info/pat-tech.htm, someone with a physics degree can credibly file applications in 1700, 2100, 2600, 2800, 3600, and 3700 (2900 is a gimme). That's about as broad as you can get.

I'm a former examiner and now work as a patent agent and licencing manager for a Fortune 100 company. My physics degree was definitely an asset in gaining the position.

Good times.

Title: Re: Is Physics Still a Viable Degree?
Post by Richard Peters on Dec 16th, 2005, 1:08pm
Thanks for the response.  It is nice to know all that time I spend calculating the boyancy force on a bar of lead floating in mercury at 467 degrees kelvin will actually come to something.  

Would you recommend going the patent examiner route?  Do you find that is it a strong asset to have later on in the private firm world?



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