Careers in Law for Scientists

Law, particularly intellectual property law, is becoming an increasingly popular choice for scientists abandoning the traditional career track. Some scientists go to law school and then become patent attorneys with law firms or in private industry, e.g. biotechnology companies. Some scientists choose to become patent agents or examiners, intellectual property careers that do not require a law degree.

Career opportunities in intellectual property law. Great site packed with useful information for would-be patent attorneys. Look here for answers to questions such as "what is the difference between a patent agent and a patent attorney?", "what salaries do patent attorneys make?", and "how do I choose a law school if I want to go into patent law?". This site is part of the Intellectual Property Law Web Server of Oppedahl & Larson.

Careers in intellectual property law. Online brochure produced by the American Bar Association. Includes discussion of employment opportunities for intellectual property attorneys in corporations, universities, government agencies, and law firms; a listing of law schools offering significant number of intellectual property law courses; and sections dealing with preparation for careers in and practice of intellectual property law. The ABA's Section of Intellectual Property Law is also worth a look.

How does a geneticist/molecular biologist get to be a patent lawyer? Brief vignette describes one Ph.D. scientist's path to patent attorney.

Careers in Patent Law for Scientists. From The Chronicle of Higher Education's Career Network (Jun 00).

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Includes information on becoming a Patent Examiner at USPTO, as well as current job openings. If you are interested in intellectual property law in countries other than the U.S., check out this list of other nation's patent offices to get you started.

Technology and Law: A Growth Industry. From the Franklin Pierce Law Center comes this informative essay by a patent lawyer and professor of law on careers in intellectual property.

Rankings of Law Schools in Intellectual Property. U.S. News and World Report gives its annual rankings of law schools by specialty.

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Last updated September 21, 2000.


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