Happens, though not often. I'm litigating patents, have tech-related work experience, but no tech degree.
You'll have to go to an IP hotbed. California, Texas, Delaware, and Virginia are hot right now. If you have more questions, message me.
My course load was IP-centric. IP firms will be skeptical of you if you don't at least take a patents course. Play up your IT experienc in cover letters. You will have to convince them that you can understand the technology and lingo. Once you're in, you're good to go.
So, my question is this: it seems like IT and related issues are a hot area within IP. Is it realistic to work in IP without being eligible to be a patent attorney?I know it's technically possible, but is it something that actually happens?