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What Advice Do You Have if I Want to Be a Patent Agent?

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I am just finishing up a Ph.D. program, and I think I want to be a patent agent. What advice do you have?


Answer:

I see a ton of resumes from candidates who have recently finished up with their Ph.D. and/or postdoctoral research, and have decided that for the next step in their career, they want to become a patent agent (or sometimes technical specialist/technical advisor) at a law firm.
What to Do to Become a Patent Agent

Being a patent agent can be an interesting, fulfilling, and generally well-paying career route, but breaking into the law firm world as a patent agent is extremely difficult.

For one, there is a lot of competition. As I mentioned above, I see a ton of resumes for would-be patent agents, the vast majority of whom have done little-to-no actual patent prosecution work. They may hold patents of their own, have written scholarly articles, published research papers, presented at conferences, etc. These are great accomplishments in their own right, but at the end of the day, law firms simply do not see them as equivalent to or substitutes for actual patent-drafting experience.

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