In the bay area there are just a few tech companies maybe you have heard of them google, apple, facebook, and a lot of other less well known companied founded by Peter Thiel that are growing exponentially despite the recession. I am not sure about the rest of the country and I have no idea what their patent process is like. I am just speaking with limited knowledge about the location that I live in and the IP & technology field is alive & well in the Bay Area. Still nothing is guaranteed, but if you have one of the degrees you listed above, a J.D., and live in the Bay Area it probably will not be to difficult to find a job. Of course nothing is guaranteed, but I would bet on someone with those qualifications doing alright in the Bay.