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Patent attorney John Doe holds a Ph.D.  How should his business card and email signature refer to him?

John Doe, Ph.D.
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Dr. John Doe
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Voting closed: 02-05-18 at 03:01 am

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Dr. or Ph.D.?
« on: 12-07-17 at 03:01 am »

Patent attorney John Doe holds a Ph.D.  How should his business card and email signature refer to him?
- John Doe, Ph.D.
- Dr. John Doe

It seems to me that the answer to this question is very subjective, and that it's likely to be different in different professional contexts. That's why I'm asking it in this forum, even though various opinions can be found all over the internet.


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Re: Dr. or Ph.D.?
« Reply #1 on: 12-07-17 at 11:22 am »

The bulk of the patent attorneys I've worked with are PhDs (I am not). 

They universally use "John Doe, PhD, JD" or sometimes with "JD, PhD".  And unless memory fails, I don't think any of them used "Dr. John Doe" or "Dr. John Doe, JD".

I do know one patent attorney who is an MD/PhD/JD.  She uses "Dr. Jane Doe, MD, PhD, JD" (and some other professional acronym for her board certification that I can't remember).



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