Becoming a TM attorney in USA
« on: Jan 4th, 2008, 2:00pm »
Hi, I am new here and am looking for some advice, please. I would like to be a trademark attorney in the United States. I couldnt find any forum for trademark law, hence my posting here.
I am a UK law graduate and am presently a trainee solicitor. I will qualify as a solicitor in July 2008. In the UK, law is an undergraduate degree, after which you do a vocational year to be either a solicitor or a barrister (in my case, a solicitor). After doing that, you will then begin employment as a trainee solicitor and basically you rotate round different departments for two years before becoming a fully qualified solicitor. You can then begin to specialise.
A solicitor differs from a barrister in 2 main aspects: clients can instruct a solicitor directly (a barrister can only be instructed by a solicitor), and solicitors usually cannot argue cases in the higher courts.
I would like to be a trademark attorney. In the UK, for me to specialise in trademark, I will need to take some exams and have some years’ experience in that field before being registered as a trademark attorney. The current firm I am working in does not specialize in trade marks. As my husband is in the United States, I am planning to join him. Fortunately, he is in New York, so I should be able to be admitted to the NY Bar without any problem. I am planning to take the NY Bar exam in September 2008.
Therefore, I would be grateful if any of you can provide me with some advice on the following issues:
1. How does one become a trademark attorney in the United States? I was wondering if someone could give me a step-by-step advice from when I have done the NY Bar exam.
2. Would it be advisable for me to specialise in trademark first in the UK before coming to the States? Would that be advantageous or would being in the States at an earlier stage be a better advantage?
3. My husband is in Buffalo, New York and not NYC. How does that affect my chance to be a trademark attorney? Is it doable or should I think of a different specialty?
Thank you so much for your help. I really appreciate it.
Happy New Year,