Should I do patent law?
March 21, 2011 2:51 PM Subscribe
Would you advise a lawyer with 22 undergraduate physics credits to complete the 2-3 additional physics classes necessary to qualify for the patent bar? Will I be employable as a patent attorney in Chicago with the minimum technical background or do I need an additional degree (or degrees)? Is it fun?
posted by steinwald to Work & Money (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I have an undergraduate degree in General Studies, but I was a physics major for a couple of years. I would qualify for the patent bar with a couple more classes.
I'm a 2007 JD from a top-25 law school. I was in the top half of my class. I took a few IP classes but ultimately decided to pursue public interest work. I had a lot of fun doing good for a few years, and I got some good litigation experience, but I did not make any money.
I would like to work with reasonable and competent colleagues. I would like to earn about $60K. There don't seem to be a lot of job openings now, and I'm not good at selling myself. I wonder if I would be more marketable as a patent attorney?
Anyway, I'm working part-time now and taking one physics class for fun. It is a nice change of pace and I miss being around scientists. I am debt-free and the cost of education is not an issue.
Would it make sense for me to take the patent bar with just the minimum number of physics credits? Do I need to complete a physics degree (or even an EE degree)?
I know most patent attorneys go to law school after getting a technical degree. Will the fact that I got my JD first be a problem?
Is patent prosecution and/or litigation enjoyable? Is this a better plan than, say, working at a small plaintiffs' personal injury firm?