fed. cir. clerkship as an "in" for patent litigation

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fed. cir. clerkship as an "in" for patent litigation

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:39 pm

If one doesn't have a tech background, and wants to get into patent litigation, would clerking on the Federal Circuit be one way to get in?

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Re: fed. cir. clerkship as an "in" for patent litigation

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 19, 2012 3:43 pm

Federal Clerskships can lead to jobs at law firms.
Law firms generally like their litigators to have clerking experience.
Patent litigation generally falls to the litigation group.
So in theory, yes, a federal clerkship could lead to a job in patent litigation. But, it has nothing to do with making up for a lack of technical expertise because there isn't one necessary to litigate patent matters.

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Re: fed. cir. clerkship as an "in" for patent litigation

Postby englawyer » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:22 pm

it would be an in. however, there is a chicken/egg problem. its hard to get fed. cir. even with a tech background and good grades from a top school right out of LS. my impression is that you would have to either work in ip lit for a few years and/or do a d.ct. with large patent docket and connections to fed. cir.

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Re: fed. cir. clerkship as an "in" for patent litigation

Postby Detrox » Tue Jun 19, 2012 7:53 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Federal Clerskships can lead to jobs at law firms.
Law firms generally like their litigators to have clerking experience.
Patent litigation generally falls to the litigation group.
So in theory, yes, a federal clerkship could lead to a job in patent litigation. But, it has nothing to do with making up for a lack of technical expertise because there isn't one necessary to litigate patent matters.


Ignore this. Poster above obviously can't tell the difference between Fed. Cir. Clerkship and Federal clerkship.

But yes, as englawyer states, Fed. Cir. clerkships generally require a tech background to get in the first place.

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Re: fed. cir. clerkship as an "in" for patent litigation

Postby gotmilk? » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:37 pm

The answer is unequivocally no, in that you won't get a Fed Cir clerkship if you're not already on a patent lit track. Fed Cir clerkships require some combination of connections, a tech background, good grades, and patent experience.

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Re: fed. cir. clerkship as an "in" for patent litigation

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 19, 2012 10:39 pm

Hon. Legrome Davis (E.D. Pa.) - busy patent docket.




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