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(Message started by: Docchemistry on May 31st, 2007, 6:45pm)

Title: Interested in becoming a patent agent or attorney
Post by Docchemistry on May 31st, 2007, 6:45pm
I was hoping to get advice from people who have gone through some of the decisions I am currently faced with.  I have a BS in chemistry (MIT) and a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley.  I recently graduated from Berkeley so I have virtually zero industry experience and I would say I was an average grad student who got weary of lab benchwork.  

I'm very interested in becoming a patent agent but wondering what the job market is like.  Would I be better served to go to law school?  If so, is there any benefit of taking the patent bar before entering law school?  Also if anyone has any suggestions on study material for the patent bar that would be great.


Title: Re: Interested in becoming a patent agent or attor
Post by hahaha on Jun 2nd, 2007, 8:07am
Not to pump up your ego or anything, but with those credentials you shouldn't have a problem finding a job as a technical specialist or, if you pass the patent bar, a patent agent.  The fact that you have no industry experience should not be a problem in view of you PHD.

With that said, if you have the resources and are willing to go to law school, I would suggest doing so.  However, you might consider working as a tech specialist or patent agent before you take the plunge.

Title: Re: Interested in becoming a patent agent or attor
Post by biopico on Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:07pm

on 05/31/07 at 18:45:43, Docchemistry wrote:
I was hoping to get advice from people who have gone through some of the decisions I am currently faced with.  I have a BS in chemistry (MIT) and a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley.  I recently graduated from Berkeley so I have virtually zero industry experience and I would say I was an average grad student who got weary of lab benchwork.  

I'm very interested in becoming a patent agent but wondering what the job market is like.  Would I be better served to go to law school?  If so, is there any benefit of taking the patent bar before entering law school?  Also if anyone has any suggestions on study material for the patent bar that would be great.

With the names of schools you attended, it would be relatively easy for you to get a position of technical specialist in lawfirms.  Then have lawfirms pay the cost of studying patent bar exam (study materials, registration fee, etc) AND your evening law school tuition.  There are lawfirms who will support your study of law.

Or you optionally choose to go straight to law school.  UC-Berkeley has an excellent tech program-Boalt Hall School of Law.

When to take Patent Bar Exam, you can take it before, during or right after your law school.  But the sooner the better.

Marketabiligy: Biotech/Chem area will demand a lot of patent practitioners, especially post-genomic era for the next five years.

This was just IMHO.


Title: Re: Interested in becoming a patent agent or attor
Post by biopico on Jun 2nd, 2007, 12:08pm

on 05/31/07 at 18:45:43, Docchemistry wrote:
I was hoping to get advice from people who have gone through some of the decisions I am currently faced with.  I have a BS in chemistry (MIT) and a PhD in chemistry from UC Berkeley.  I recently graduated from Berkeley so I have virtually zero industry experience and I would say I was an average grad student who got weary of lab benchwork.  

I'm very interested in becoming a patent agent but wondering what the job market is like.  Would I be better served to go to law school?  If so, is there any benefit of taking the patent bar before entering law school?  Also if anyone has any suggestions on study material for the patent bar that would be great.


With the names of schools you attended, it would be relatively easy for you to get a position of technical specialist in lawfirms.  Then have lawfirms pay the cost of studying patent bar exam (study materials, registration fee, etc) AND your evening law school tuition.  There are lawfirms who will support your study of law.

Or you optionally choose to go straight to law school.  UC-Berkeley has an excellent tech program-Boalt Hall School of Law.

When to take Patent Bar Exam, you can take it before, during or right after your law school.  But the sooner the better.

Marketabiligy: Biotech/Chem area will demand a lot of patent practitioners, especially post-genomic era for the next five years.

This was just IMHO.


Title: Re: Interested in becoming a patent agent or attor
Post by yhu on Jun 4th, 2007, 12:51pm
I am also interested in becoming a patent agent, holding biology  master degree, five years working experience, but I am residence alien, I am wordering if I am eligible for the job? Is there any specification about it? Thanks



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