Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

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Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

Postby Jouiqsic » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:38 am

I am currently majoring in EE, but this field is not my cup of tea! I chose EE just because it is high demand in patent law field, but the more I take classes, the more I found out that I have no interest in it. I am thinking of switching my major to Applied physics+EE/law. Will it be hard to get hired with applied physics major than EE?

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Re: Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

Postby Nebby » Sun Oct 08, 2017 11:40 am

So long as you to a good law school, no.

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Re: Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

Postby UVA2B » Sun Oct 08, 2017 4:41 pm

There won't be a huge difference for them, although EE is a generally more desirable background for patent work. But as mentioned, if you go to a good school, you're eligible for the patent bar, which is all that is necessary for getting into patent work.

ETA: don't pick a major for its desirability for patent work though. Pick a major based on what interests you most in a field you'd want to work in outside of law. Get the degree, work for some time in that field, then decide if you still want to go to law school.

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Re: Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

Postby makingthemove » Sun Oct 08, 2017 5:43 pm

Being more practical, chances are that you're more likely to get better grades in a topic you like than one that you don't.

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Re: Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

Postby Subban_Fan » Mon Oct 09, 2017 4:19 pm

There won't be a huge difference for them, although EE is a generally more desirable background for patent work. But as mentioned, if you go to a good school, you're eligible for the patent bar, which is all that is necessary for getting into patent work.

ETA: don't pick a major for its desirability for patent work though. Pick a major based on what interests you most in a field you'd want to work in outside of law. Get the degree, work for some time in that field, then decide if you still want to go to law school.



I don't know anything about patent law, but I browse job postings frequently and I tend to see the IP job postings with EE degrees listed. It's often the one I see most (though I really only check in a few cities, but they're 3 very different cities industry wise). Haven't seen any yet asking for physics degrees. Always wondered if these firms immediate toss resumes with computer engineering or computer science listed away.

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Re: Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

Postby elendinel » Tue Oct 10, 2017 8:29 pm

You didn't specify what area of patent law you want to go into. If you want to do anything other than pros, your physics degree will be fine; focus instead on your law school prestige/grades. If you want to do pros, that's when the physics degree will potentially pose a problem, unless you're careful about what you do with that degree. I know people who have gotten hired with physics degrees, but you have to make sure you do research or work in a field that files patents (i.e., astrophysics isn't going to cut it); but yes, it will be harder to sell a physics degree than an EE one.

I second that it's a bad idea to pick a major you hate to get a job in pros, though; keep in mind that whatever degree you get, you'll probably be dealing with cases in that field day in and day out, for the next X years of your career. Don't set yourself up for misery by forcing yourself into a field you already know you hate.

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Re: Ugghhh applied physics vs EE for patent lawyer

Postby tomwatts » Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:47 pm

elendinel wrote:You didn't specify what area of patent law you want to go into. If you want to do anything other than pros, your physics degree will be fine; focus instead on your law school prestige/grades. If you want to do pros, that's when the physics degree will potentially pose a problem, unless you're careful about what you do with that degree. I know people who have gotten hired with physics degrees, but you have to make sure you do research or work in a field that files patents (i.e., astrophysics isn't going to cut it); but yes, it will be harder to sell a physics degree than an EE one.

I second that it's a bad idea to pick a major you hate to get a job in pros, though; keep in mind that whatever degree you get, you'll probably be dealing with cases in that field day in and day out, for the next X years of your career. Don't set yourself up for misery by forcing yourself into a field you already know you hate.

+1 to all of the above, based on my experience as a SA who would have become a patent litigator if I had stayed at that firm. I actually had an undergrad degree in astrophysics, and patent prosecution was probably not going to happen.




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