Just wondering whether anyone is considering intellectual property law. Any indications as to the better schools for IP? I live in NY and plan to stay here so IP could work for me but I don't have a science or tech background.
PennyLane invented sweet. She has the patent on it. I tried to act sweet one time and she sued me.
Although a science/tech background is not required to do copyrights and trademarks... most of the firms that handle those areas are going to hire people who can take on the patent office too.
Well, to start with there is a great deal of intellectual property to be dealt with that isn't pharmaceutical, technical, science-based, etc. There are, as PennyLane notes, copyrights, trademarks and the like. My background is deep in entertainment and I do not want to work in entertainment law. Clearly, there are places to work (Time/Warner, Universal, Viacom, Google, Apple to name a few) that have IP issues on the front burner and are not necessarily going to be concerned if I have an EE or biochem degree. I do love the idea of approaching my own industry from a different perspective and I believe that my background is strong enough to be taken quite seriously if I go this route. As a non-trad though, I am just beginning to consider whether IP law would be making the job search more difficult on myself and my family than I'd like it to be. Also, I am a Government major and I can think of some lobbying groups and NGO's that might be interested in someone with my skill set.Thanks for all your comments!
The IP people I work with say that firms were much more interested in their undergrad degree than their law degree. (Most of them went to T4 with $$ because it just didn't matter.)