a male human wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:I graduated from Hastings with much more than just a BS in EE and had difficulty getting an SA position. Hastings doesn't attract many employers from fields like patent prosecution. Plus, the Bay Area patent scene is different than the rest of the country (smaller firms/offices). I was basically on my own.
Did you just email your resume to firms?
I sent an email to every firm that had at least 5 patent prosecutors in the Bay Area, but most Bay Area practice groups/firms are rather small and had no intention of hiring patent prosecution SAs when I was going through the rounds. I think the largest patent prosecution group in the Bay Area is about 20-30 attorneys. That's tiny elsewhere in the country. Prosecution groups in the Mid West and East Coast can reach 50-100 patent prosecutors in a single office.
However, I had a lot of success outside of the Bay Area. I was able to get interviews elsewhere in the country, including places where I have no ties. I accepted an SA position at a very well-known IP firm thousands of miles away from the Bay Area. They gave me an offer and Bay Area people were interested in talking to me with my SA firm on my resume! I eventually accepted an offer at a Bay Area firm which didn't even give me an interview during my 2L OCI. They were one of the firms I was most interested in during my 2L year.
My experience isn't unique. I know of several other EEs from Hastings who have graduated over the last few years who had a lot of difficulty breaking into the Bay Area patent prosecution field.
My advice is to apply outside of the Bay Area!