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« on: February 02, 2012, 10:46:44 AM »
Thanks again for your comments.
Salary is an issue as it would be less than I'm currently earning and the cost of living will increase.
Tough choice but as I'm intending to go to law school anyway, I'm beginning to think that such a small incremental advantage of learning about patent procurement and licensing doesn't outweigh the disadvantages of a reduced salary in a more expensive city.
« on: February 01, 2012, 05:17:48 PM »
"Can you provide any more insight into what your current R&D position entails -- what are the typical job duties?"
Primarily I'm working in the lab and managing a research associate in the lab. So I conduct basic research, develop assays, conduct drug screening (SAR or structure activity relationship studies) and target validation. As part of these duties, I'm constantly evaluating literature, looking for technologies/techniques that might be in academic labs to bring in house.
We do have an in house legal counsel and I've been talking to him a lot about my interest in IP law, and my desire to learn more so he has been trying to bring me into work on some of the patent applications and possible approaches the company is interested in going.
« on: February 01, 2012, 06:54:09 AM »
Thanks for your opinion, again very helpful.
The school does use outside counsel for the patent searching, writing and ultimate application process. So my thoughts were along those you highlight i.e. that it could provide some useful in roads, contacts with a future employer.
One concern I have, and it's not a huge one, is that the school whilst good is not a 'top ranking' research institution and the tech transfer office is relatively small. Even though they have one or two success stories, they are small in number compared to other schools I'm familiar with. As law school is my goal, I'm not too worried by this fact. I guess I'm just trying to decide whether staying put in my current R&D position is the right move, if this tech transfer opportunity really will enhance my CV considerably.
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:34:53 PM »
Thanks for your comment.
Okay, now for some new information. Just today, I interviewed for a position with a technology transfer office in the medical school of a university. The position involves managing the technology coming out of the academic labs at the school i.e. writing contracts, material transfer agreements, licenses, business development etc.
I still intend on going to law school to actually become a lawyer and practice IP law with a firm, but I'm now curious (as I think I have a good shot at this job, and its in NY, a major location of most of the top law firms) about whether this position might be extra value to my CV with my PhD, academic research and industrial/biotech research experience? I'm going to contact some firms in the market to get the opinions of the IP lawyers working there. But I thought I'd see what you guys might have to add. Any thoughts?
« on: January 19, 2012, 10:45:05 AM »
Thank you, very helpful and confirms what I've been hearing from other sources.
« on: January 18, 2012, 11:15:04 PM »
I understand that it's possible to be a patent agent, I said agent, with 'just' the USPTO exam. But I'm interested in having the ability to do more than just patent searches and filing, litigation for example and the other range of opportunities open once you complete law school and pass the bar.
Anyone have any actual answers to the original questions?
« on: January 18, 2012, 10:43:50 AM »
I'm in the process of studying for the LSAT (currently scoring in the 165 - 170 range, reckon I can bump it up further) and intend on applying to law school next year. I'm a PhD scientist working at a biotech start-up company. I've got a solid academic history, equivalent of about a 3.7 GPA for my undergraduate degree in the UK, a MSc degree and my PhD. After working in academia as a research scientist I got a job at a start-up 2 years ago but I have decided to transition to IP law in the future, I am 36yrs old. I am aiming for top 5-10 schools, Stanford being my first choice. I know that in my industry, i.e. biotech/pharma, there are regional clusters in the US where most of the start-ups in this industry sector are concentrated i.e. the Bay Area, Boston, San Diego, Research Triangle, Washington etc. So I imagine that many law firms specializing in IP work tend to cluster near those markets too. I currently live in San Diego but would like to eventually move back to New York or perhaps move to LA once/if I can land a job with a big law firm. I know that there are many big law firms in NYC with IP practices, but I'm not as sure about the LA market. More generally, I'm not sure if you need to be in the area where the biotech companies are located/whether this is an important factor. Does anyone have any insight/opinion about this?
« on: December 30, 2011, 09:34:34 PM »
Hi so I'm trending in the 170s on my LSAT now, my GPA equivalent is about 3.75 to 3.8. The next thing that I'm looking at...and fretting over...is how much this career change is going to cost me. Law school ain't cheap.
Does anyone have any ideas/recommendations about the best way to fund school, scholarships etc? How difficult is it getting financial help? If this question appears naive, forgive me as I'm not accustomed to the US system, all of my education to-date has been gained in Europe.
« on: August 17, 2011, 06:56:04 PM »
I'm a 37 year old PhD scientist. I completed my undergrad and graduate education in the UK in great schools, and did pretty well. Since then I was a post-doctoral scientist (the 'traditional' career path for PhDs trying to break into an academic career as a professor) for about 5-6 years. I moved from the UK to the US in the course of that time, and about 1.5 yrs ago I started working in a start-up biotech company. I'm now looking at making a major career switch to IP law and would really like to go to either Stanford or Berkeley law school as they are the best schools for patent law and because of the proximity to Silicon Valley. I have only just started preparing for the LSAT and I'm scoring in the low 160s...I'm pretty sure with a little work I can bump that up to a 170 score. Is age a limiting factor in me getting into a top law school like Stanford or Berkeley?