Further, the notion that no firm "pays a dime more based on what happens before law school" is pure nonsense. Nearly every firm I know of (haven't bothered to count) pays attorneys with prior experience according to that experience. Most firms will hire a newly minted JD as a third-year associate if the JD worked as a patent agent prior to and/or during law school. If you work for a firm that does not, I encourage you to contact your local recruiter.
How's life as an imaginary attorney going for you? Remember, if you act out your fantasy that's a crime in all 50 states.
I like the way you try to muddy the waters by saying "and/or" during law school. Nice deception.
You're out of your mind, and it's a disservice to everybody reading this board that you continue to post your delusional garbage.
To the extent that anybody decides to take a certain direction in life based on your incessant whining about "impressive technical background," you are personally responsible for the lies you tell here. You are painting a false picture of reality, and to the extent some poor sap with a PhD decides to take the plunge based on your daydreams, you have royally deceived them.
I WORKED at one of the top 5 IP firms, you clown, and your imaginary system, I can assure you, was not in place.
These are "LAW" firms, not "advanced technical aptitude" firms. If you're working at some 10 lawyer IP boutique, then the situation might be different.
I'm sorry you pissed away a half decade of your life pursuing a PhD that didn't pan out for you. I'm sorry the PTO screwed you over. STOP taking it out on the innocent people who come here for advice.
Major firms, like the ones you listed, do NOT advance you 2 years toward partnership because you were a USPTO examiner or patent agent prior to going to law school.
It is a complete fabrication.
IF you are an intern during law school, which means you have your reg number and you are attending law school, THEN most major firms will start you out as a 2nd or 3rd year associate.
But that's because you were billing 1300 or so hours per year for the firm doing legal work.
I don't know if there are internships outside of IP, but if there are, and people are billing 1300 hours while in law school, then I'd guess they get the same offer of advancement toward partnership.
There's no way any sizable firm is going to water down their associate ranks and partnership track by giving 2 years of advancement to some yahoo because he has a PhD.
Your PhD sucks and you'd be close to a half million in the black if you hadn't made the mistake of going to get a PhD instead of a law degree. Get over it.