Is IP Docket Clerk the kiss of death to your career?

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exit161
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Is IP Docket Clerk the kiss of death to your career?

Postby exit161 » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:07 am

I am being offered an IP docket position at a good regional IP firm. I recently graduated from college, and I will be taking the patent bar at the end of February. An IP paralegal at a BigLaw Vault 100 law firm told me off the record that when they’re looking for candidates docket can be a bad thing. Would docket be a black mark on my resume? Would I have a chance of getting an IP paralegal, agent or other such position with no experience? I am geographically limited to the Cleveland Ohio region.

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Re: Is IP Docket Clerk the kiss of death to your career?

Postby truevines » Sun Jan 20, 2013 3:30 am

exit161 wrote:I am being offered an IP docket position at a good regional IP firm. I recently graduated from college, and I will be taking the patent bar at the end of February. An IP paralegal at a BigLaw Vault 100 law firm told me off the record that when they’re looking for candidates docket can be a bad thing. Would docket be a black mark on my resume? Would I have a chance of getting an IP paralegal, agent or other such position with no experience? I am geographically limited to the Cleveland Ohio region.


Passing the patent bar makes you a patent agent. Why on earth would you take the docket position or trying to be an IP paralegal?

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Re: Is IP Docket Clerk the kiss of death to your career?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:02 pm

I worked as an IP paralegal after college at a V25. I got the job with no work experience, nor any science/technology background. Perhaps this is not true of smaller firms, but generally the type of law you work as a paralegal in makes little substantive difference in the type of work you'll be doing, since paralegal work is administrative. I also doubt it makes a difference to law schools and hiring attorneys whether you worked as a docket clerk or a paralegal between college and law school. If I were you, I'd either take the docket job or hold out for agent jobs after passing the patent bar. Definitely no reason to hold out for entry-level IP paralegal work though.

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Re: Is IP Docket Clerk the kiss of death to your career?

Postby Black-Blue » Sun Jan 20, 2013 1:29 pm

Once you go to law school or become a patent agent, it doesn't matter.

If you're just interested in IP paralegal jobs, maybe if you're settled too long as a docketing clerk, you'd be stuck there. But you can always switch firms.




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