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Archived updates for Monday, April 11, 2005

So, You Want to be a Patent Lawyer?

Then register for Practising Law Institute's second free briefing in its IP Career Series:

"So You Want to Be a Patent Lawyer"
Live Audio Webcast
Monday, April 18th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. EST.(

This briefing will deal with such BIG questions as:
  • What does it take to become a patent attorney?
  • What does it mean to say you're a patent attorney?
  • What are my options as a patent attorney?
  • And what is a patent attorney's work like?
  • Patent prosecution vs. patent do they differ, what's required for each, and how do I know what's right for me?
  • Patent agent vs. patent do they differ, how is the work different?
  • What undergrad technical degrees are "hot?"
  • Is a doctorate required in some technical fields...or at least advisable?
  • Are there certain places (firms or geographical areas) I should be focusing on, depending on my technical background?
  • How do I find out what firms specialize in a particular technical area?
  • Does my undergrad degree limit the kind of work I can do as a patent attorney?

The speakers will be Katharine Patterson and John White, Esq.:

Katharine is the principal of Patterson Davis Consulting, leading consultants
in the field of recruitment, retention, structure and training of IP
professionals. She has worked with law firms and corporations nationwide for
over 25 years, advising them on human resources issues related to IP.

John White is PLI's Director of Patent Professional Development
and chair of PLI's Patent Bar Review Course. John has taught would-be
registrants for the Patent Bar since 1988. He worked as an Examiner at the
Patent Office for two years during his evening law studies at George Washington
Law School, and has worked since as a patent attorney in private practice for 18
years. John is also an Adjunct Professor teaching Patent Law at John Marshall
Law School.

This briefing is also available live on the phone at If you prefer to register by phone, please call PLI's Customer Relations Department at (800) 260-4754 and mention your Priority Code: CRA5-8AEM1. If you can't attend the live briefing, this program will be available on a free archive by the end of May.

PLI's first IP Career Series briefing, "How to Get a Job in IP Law," is now also available as a free archive at

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