choices within IP law

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coldskull
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choices within IP law

Postby coldskull » Tue Jun 28, 2011 12:56 pm

So, I have finally decided to apply to law school later this year. I am an engineer (~10 years exp) in the hitech field....and yes I know I am a bit old for law school ;)

What I want to know is what other possibilities (related to tech area) does a JD open up. I am already familiar with the the two popular options (patent prosecution/litigation). Are there any other options? like working for a think tank in helping/formulating policies relating to technology; or working in regulatory boards related to technology.

Any other options?...i am pretty sure there are other options (leveraging my technical background) besides being just a patent attorney.

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby scammedhard » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:50 pm

Unless you get into a T14 with lots of money, don't go. You'd be throwing away your engineering job plus 10 years of work experience for a "profession" that is absolutely saturated and with very limited work opportunities, even in patent law.

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby ak13 » Tue Jun 28, 2011 1:59 pm

scammedhard wrote:Unless you get into a T14 with lots of money, don't go. You'd be throwing away your engineering job plus 10 years of work experience for a "profession" that is absolutely saturated and with very limited work opportunities, even in patent law.


HA! hahahaha, haha. ha. false.

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby coldskull » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:33 pm

scammedhard wrote:Unless you get into a T14 with lots of money, don't go. You'd be throwing away your engineering job plus 10 years of work experience for a "profession" that is absolutely saturated and with very limited work opportunities, even in patent law.


Appreciate your concerns. Can we stick to the questions I asked?

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby chem » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:40 pm

Im not exactly sure what they are called, but I think its an ethicist.

you work for the government/other grant giving institutions and determine if research is ethical and legal

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby Fordham2014Evening » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:40 pm

There is some work in licensing and acquisitions (with regard to patent portfolios), but my understanding is that this work is hard to come by.

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby hipstermafia » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:43 pm

a technical degree is only really required for patent prosecution, your degree/experience wont get a boost over anyone else in other areas of ip (except patent lit to some extent)

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby Rock-N-Roll » Tue Jun 28, 2011 3:55 pm

hipstermafia wrote:a technical degree is only really required for patent prosecution, your degree/experience wont get a boost over anyone else in other areas of ip (except patent lit to some extent)


Um, this doesn't relate to OP's question, right? And besides, I don't totally understand your post. Is what you're saying that you believe future employers will not look favorably upon OP's 10 years of engineering work experience?

And, if so, I am not trying to start beef with you (honestly), but your profile says you are a 0L, so how can you post something like this with such confidence? What is your source?

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby hipstermafia » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:09 pm

Rock-N-Roll wrote:Um, this doesn't relate to OP's question, right?

The thread title is "choices within IP law"

Rock-N-Roll wrote:And besides, I don't totally understand your post.

too bad for you i guess

Rock-N-Roll wrote:Is what you're saying that you believe future employers will not look favorably upon OP's 10 years of engineering work experience?

no i did not say this
Rock-N-Roll wrote:And, if so, I am not trying to start beef with you (honestly), but your profile says you are a 0L, so how can you post something like this with such confidence? What is your source?

I can post with confidence because i know a lot about IP. If you don't want to believe that because i'm a 0L then by all means, carry on.

coldskull
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Re: choices within IP law

Postby coldskull » Tue Jun 28, 2011 4:33 pm

Fordham2014Evening wrote:There is some work in licensing and acquisitions (with regard to patent portfolios), but my understanding is that this work is hard to come by.


Would love to know how to get into this. I am planning to setup a meeting with an in-house attorney in my company to ask him. I work in a company which gets 30-40% percent revenues from its patents in some key technologies :) I had heard one of the in house counsel give a lecture on a major settlement between us and our competitor and based on that it felt like the law teams involved needed to have excellent technical/engineering and domain specific knowledge....

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Re: choices within IP law

Postby scammedhard » Tue Jun 28, 2011 5:41 pm

coldskull wrote:
Fordham2014Evening wrote:There is some work in licensing and acquisitions (with regard to patent portfolios), but my understanding is that this work is hard to come by.


Would love to know how to get into this. I am planning to setup a meeting with an in-house attorney in my company to ask him. I work in a company which gets 30-40% percent revenues from its patents in some key technologies :) I had heard one of the in house counsel give a lecture on a major settlement between us and our competitor and based on that it felt like the law teams involved needed to have excellent technical/engineering and domain specific knowledge....

Go to JD Underground and ask the opinions of actual lawyers; they might know a bit more.

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