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(Message started by: tan2380 on Aug 26th, 2006, 6:32am)

Title: MS in chemE looking to get into patent law
Post by tan2380 on Aug 26th, 2006, 6:32am
I have a MS in chemE and was looking to get into patent law but was wondering what steps I need to take to pursue this further.  Would it be best to apply to USPTO to get experience first?  Are there any jobs for ChemE's as a patent attorney?  ???

Title: Re: MS in chemE looking to get into patent law
Post by Bill Richards on Aug 27th, 2006, 6:08pm
I'm a BSChE (long time ago, but later career change to law).  I did not go that route, but I've always thought the PTO was a good way to go.  Others, Isaac, for example, who was an examiner, may have a better read.  I worked for a large general practice firm first, but that was in 1999 when demand was, I believe, a bit higher.

Title: Re: MS in chemE looking to get into patent law
Post by Isaac on Aug 28th, 2006, 6:47am

on 08/27/06 at 18:08:47, Bill Richards wrote:
I'm a BSChE (long time ago, but later career change to law). I did not go that route, but I've always thought the PTO was a good way to go. Others, Isaac, for example, who was an examiner, may have a better read. I worked for a large general practice firm first, but that was in 1999 when demand was, I believe, a bit higher.


There's no doubt in my mind that working for a firm is a better career choice than is starting out at the USPTO.  However, I believe that for at least the year or two, you can learn every bit as much about patent law by working at the PTO as you will by doing prosecution only at a firm.  Further my career prospects which seemed to be unattractivley dim slowly after law school brightened markedly after my time at the PTO.




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