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What is the outlook for patent attorney jobs for the next few years?

Do you feel that there is an unhealthy increase in the number of people practicing patent law? I am a senior mechanical engineer highly considering law school for the purpose of becoming a patent attorney. However, I do not want to spend three years and 100K+ if there is not a need for patent attorneys.

Asked By: Braden K - 8/7/2006
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As a patent attorney myself, I do not see this unhealthy increase in the number of patent practitioners. On the other hand, I live in Memphis, not New York or DC or one of the main patent areas. There are very few patent attorneys here, and as a result of that, I have plenty of work. I also know of quite a few... More
Answered By: Cara B - 8/9/2006
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Outlook for patent attorneys: --really boring job --mind-numbing work --early alcoholism rate
Answered By: TheOracleAtDelphi - 8/7/2006
 
I just read a story from MIT about how there is a 3 year back log on patents. The government is planning on hiring 400 new patent attorneys to help, and probalby more later. So I would say that patent attorney is a great career to be going into at the moment.
Answered By: wmcritter - 8/7/2006
 
there is a need for patent attorneys I also thought about it, and am now almost finished law school Patent law is interesting, but the real demand for lawyers is in patent prosecution - getting patents approved by the PTO. AND IT IS THE MOST BORING THING TO DO IN THE WORLD. that is why there is such a need.
Answered By: BigD - 8/7/2006
 
My father is a Patent Attorney and does very well. He even gets to work out of home. I say - It pays off.
Answered By: kid - 8/7/2006
 
Yes, they are needed. They salary is good (or great depending on where you live) and hopefully you already have a Bachelors (Masters preferred) degree in engineering, physics, or bio-med. One of those degrees are usually needed along with the law degree to to find a good job.
Answered By: aslongasitsfunky - 8/7/2006
 
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