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(Message started by: Rising on Feb 5th, 2006, 10:07am)

Title: Become a Patent Attny or Agent?
Post by Rising on Feb 5th, 2006, 10:07am
This list has been very informative, and I hope that you guys will have some good advice for me, too.

For the last 5 years I have been working as a Japanese to English patent translator, most of that time spent in Japan. I'm living in the US now and taking courses at a local university so that I may become eligible to sit for the patent bar. I am also contemplating going to law school.

My ideal practice would be translating Japanese patents for US filing and then doing all the patent prosecution work myself. I would like to work solo. I hope that my practice would be 50 to 70% translation and the rest patent prosecution (I don't want to do litigation).

Do you guys think that having a JD would make me more marketable in securing work from US clients (and Japanese clients, too, I suppose). I know several patent practioners who are doing just what I want to do (living in Japan, though) and seem to be doing quite well. I can't help but think that putting in a few years now (for a JD) would pay off in the long run.

As an aside, how marketable would I be to US law firms as a JD who has extensive experience in Japan and is fluent in written and spoken Japanese?

Looking forward to replies!

Title: Re: Become a Patent Attny or Agent?
Post by tohoku on Feb 12th, 2006, 3:09am
Hi, Glad to see you post.

I am now studying Biology for PhD at Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. My career goal is to be a Biotech IP patent or agent in either Japan or US. I am now consering taking a LSAT and then apply for JD programs in US after I get my Phd degree here.

May I get in touch you? My MSN is:


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