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(Message started by: luke.d on Aug 30th, 2007, 11:48am)

Title: Usefulness of IP experience
Post by luke.d on Aug 30th, 2007, 11:48am
Iím nearly complete by undergrad in engineering and so far Iíve accumulated about 1 to 2 years experience in patent prosecution.
Out of curiosity, if I were to return to more typical engineering work, how useful would my IP experience be in that sort of job setting? Would I have been better off spending my summers working in an engineering firm as opposed to a law firm? Or will my experience with patents actually give me leverage when applying for entry level engineering positions?

Title: Re: Usefulness of IP experience
Post by Patents232 on Aug 30th, 2007, 12:44pm
Your prosecution experience will most likely be of no use to finding an entry level engineering job.  Managers try to see how your experience will help fit within the description of the position you are applying for.  Prosecution experience is nothing like what working as an engineer is, and consequently will not fit into any entry level engineering experience.

Out of curiosity, why do you want to head back into engineering instead of continuing onto law school?

Title: Re: Usefulness of IP experience
Post by Wiscagent on Aug 31st, 2007, 5:19am
It surprises me that a firm would hire an undergraduate to prosecute patent applications.  You must be exceptionally capable.  Those of us who were glad to get summer jobs cutting grass or flipping hamburgers, are not competent to provide career advice to a savant.

Title: Re: Usefulness of IP experience
Post by pentazole on Aug 31st, 2007, 9:16am
Haha word to Wiscagent, I was the burger flippin martini shakin mastah!

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