Steps in the transition from research to patent law/IP

Welcome to the newly redesigned Science Careers Forum. Please bookmark this site now for future reference. If you've previously posted to the forum, your current username and password will remain the same in the new system. If you've never posted or are new to the forum, you will need to create a new account.

The new forum is designed with some features to improve the user experience. Upgrades include:
- easy-to-read, threaded discussions
- ability to follow discussions and receive notifications of updates
- private messaging to other SC Forum members
- fully searchable database of posts
- ability to quote in your response
- basic HTML formatting available

Moderator: Dave Jensen
Advisors:   Ana, PG, Rich Lemert, Dick Woodward, Dave Walker
Meet the Moderator/Advisors

Steps in the transition from research to patent law/IP

Postby Julius » Tue Jan 31, 2012 10:18 pm

I've decided that I want to attend law school in the future to become a patent attorney. I am not just interested in being a patent agent, I would like the law degree so I can also participate in litigation and other work that is available to someone with a JD. Currently I'm working as a research scientist with a biotech company (I have a PhD and worked as a post doc in academia prior to my current position). I have recently received the offer of a licensing manager position at a tech transfer office.

I plan to attend law school in a year or so. I understand that a strong GPA and LSAT are the key ingredients to getting into a good law school, but I'm wondering whether the experience of working at a tech transfer office might be an additional plus for my post law school career in IP law, vs. staying put where I am in research? The disadvantage of the tech transfer job is that the salary on offer is less than my current salary and it would involve a considerable relocation. Any thoughts?
Posts: 65
Joined: Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:33 pm

Return to Science Careers Forum

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 23 guests