I've done lots of searches on intellectual property law to figure out what it is and know that its basically copyrights, patents, and intangible property. The thing I don't get is why is having a science background so favorable when pursuing this field? I've seen that its usually engineers that go into IP law but what about other majors like bio, chem, forensic science, physics, etc. And what is involved in IP law? Do you just read stuff all day and proofread patents or do you actually go into the courtroom and argue cases? Would IP law be considered part of corporate law and do IP lawyers sometimes open up their own practices or always work for BigLaw firms? Sorry for all the questions but searching on the net hasn't been much help because all they say is that it deals with copyrights, patents, and things of that nature. Nobody gives an in-depth review of it.
imagine giving technical documents disclosing an organic-LED display apparatus to a liberal arts major and asking them to write the patent. not gonna happen.
Ginatio, no doubt bruh, no doubt.I've been talking with a bunch of Patent lawyers and some of the 2L's and 3L's at my school who are going into Patent law and I've got a new one that will bake your noodle...Once I told the 2L's I was planning on going into Patent law their eyes got big and they pulled me to the side and was like "start applying to Patent firms NOW!"I was like "but I don't even have grades yet"They were like "We're gonna let you in on a little secret...it doesn't matter. Patent Law firms don't care about your grades." I almost stuttered "d-d-don't care about grades??? Getthefuckoutaheeeeere, you guys are messing with me"They were like "no we're serious, we had to pull you to the side because the faculty doesn't like us talking about it in public b/c it makes all the other students go crazy and gives off the wrong impression about grades being important."So apparently, we can apply for jobs w/o even having a GPA or having taken the patent bar (just put a date when you plan to sit for the patent bar). They told me that your grades matter as far as you doing well in school, scholarships, etc. etc. but as far as finding employment in patent firms, they don't really care. If you have an engineering degree, have passed the FE, have a JD, have passed the bar, and can pass the patent bar then you have done enough. @#!* grades.Some don't even care about the patent bar, depending if its general practice with patent law or private practice with patent litigation. One patent lawyer I talked to yesterday said he has been doing it for 4 years and has never set foot in a courtroom. BTW he just made $175,000 last year and left the firm he was at to go into private practice for himself b/c $175k wasn't enough for him...I thought that was kinda wild myself.So to echo BAFF213, it is not necessary to be an engineer for IP law in general, but under the umbrella of IP law there are several branches, copyrights, trade secrets, trademarks, and patents. If you go into patents then yes you have to be an engineer or have passed the Fundamentals of Engineering exam (which basically you can only do if you're an engineer anyway) because of what Ginatio said about writing a patent written in not only legal-ese but also in techno-bable.