How do people land IP Counsel in-house positions?

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How do people land IP Counsel in-house positions?

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:41 pm

I see these postings on job boards from time to time, and I cannot see how anyone's biglaw experience would qualify them for these "IP generalist" types of positions. Most of them want someone with experience in patents, soft IP (trademark, copyright, trade secret), IP transactions (licensing, IP aspects of M&A), and litigation. How is that possible to obtain.

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Re: How do people land IP Counsel in-house positions?

Postby Bluem_11 » Tue Mar 07, 2017 2:48 pm

Employers ask for the moon but doesn't mean they always get everything they want.

I've worked at an IP boutique where I've checked off most of those boxes (maj prosecution work,chip in on soft IP/litigation).

It also helps to be buddy buddy with person doing the hiring and/or the last person holding the post.


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Re: How do people land IP Counsel in-house positions?

Postby jhett » Tue Mar 07, 2017 5:18 pm

You have to be intentional about seeking different types of work and being at firm(s) that allow you to take different types of work. It requires a lot of forward planning - you usually don't luck into doing all of it.

And also, they don't get everything they ask for. Usually, if you can check off at least 50% of the list, you'll let their attention.

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