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.
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.
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.
does a geneticist/molecular biologist get to be a patent lawyer?
Brief vignette describes one Ph.D. scientist's path to patent
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.
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.
of Law Schools in Intellectual Property. U.S. News and World
Report gives its annual rankings of law schools by specialty.
Last updated September 21, 2000.
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