Is an engineering background essential for patent law?

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Gamecubesupreme
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Is an engineering background essential for patent law?

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Wed May 26, 2010 5:20 pm

I was a psychology specialist back in undergrad, but the more I read about patent law, the more I realize it's the field of law that I am actually interested in.

However, I took only a few chemistry and physics courses back in undergrad and that's the extent of my scientific background. I know patent law is basically divided into four technical areas: chemical, electrical, mechanical, and biotechnological.

I guess my question is exactly how much should I know about the four areas before entering law school? Or will I be able to learn about them as I go?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Is an engineering background essential for patent law?

Postby j.hodgman » Wed May 26, 2010 5:26 pm

you might be able to qualify as category B. check out the general requirements bulletin here:

http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/oed/exam/registration.jsp

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Re: Is an engineering background essential for patent law?

Postby Gamecubesupreme » Wed May 26, 2010 6:09 pm

j.hodgman wrote:you might be able to qualify as category B. check out the general requirements bulletin here:

http://www.uspto.gov/ip/boards/oed/exam/registration.jsp


According to xi of Category B, psychology is not an acceptable coursework.

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Re: Is an engineering background essential for patent law?

Postby shaville » Wed May 26, 2010 6:19 pm

I'm not familiar with the requirements for passing the patent bar. However, I do know a few guys at V250 firms who do a lot of patent work at their firm- none of them have technical backgrounds.

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Re: Is an engineering background essential for patent law?

Postby merichard87 » Fri May 28, 2010 4:51 pm

Engineering background is only essential for patent prosecution because you have to be patent bar eligible. Patent litigation is available but I believe they still like to see a technical background. And you could try to take the courses required but I would be inclined to tell you that it would be a waste of time. Either go back and get an engineering degree or try hard for litigation.

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Re: Is an engineering background essential for patent law?

Postby dood » Fri May 28, 2010 5:09 pm

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