Does one need a technical degree to work in IP?

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BoomBoom1986
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Does one need a technical degree to work in IP?

Postby BoomBoom1986 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:05 am

Or can any major (even a liberal arts major) enter into this field? Or is it impossible? Would an LLM in something like “IP and Policy” (at UDub for instance) enable someone with no tech background to enter into IP law?

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Aberzombie1892
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Re: Does one need a technical degree to work in IP?

Postby Aberzombie1892 » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:17 am

No. You need a technical/science background for patent.

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Re: Does one need a technical degree to work in IP?

Postby Grizz » Wed Sep 29, 2010 11:48 am

Also, don't do an LLM in anything that's not tax from NYU, GULC, or Florida.

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Re: Does one need a technical degree to work in IP?

Postby spondee » Wed Sep 29, 2010 12:22 pm

No, you don't need a tech degree, but it'll make for an even tougher job hunt. And an LLM won't make that easier because what you lack isn't legal knowledge.

The good news is that there are a lot of IP litigators that don't have tech degrees, even patent litigators. You'd probably have to apply very broadly to many firms; have a very thoughtful and articulate explanation of your interest in IP; and perhaps watch for firms where IP work appears to be more diffuse throughout a larger department than exclusive to an IP litigation group - so watch for generalist litigation partners who do IP work, or for an assignment system that permits interested associates to get IP work, ask to speak with junior associates who work in IP, etc.

You may not be able to start out with a prestigious IP group, and you're likely barred from patent prosecution, but if IP's definitely the area you want to work in, it's possible.




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