Can I work as a patent prosecutor and then switch to a patent litigator?

"I have a interest in IP law and I have studied the options in length. Litigation - stressful, high pressure, big dollar, company on the line, million dollar legal fees. It requires less technical expertise, but it's more demanding in terms of stress, dedication and time. Prosecution is more 9-5 in an office, advising clients and etc. It requires more specialized knowledge, but it comes with less stress, predictable hours, and whatnot." I have heard this same message more or less from all the sources comparing Patent Prosecution to Patent Litigation and it seems to me that I might not be up to the job for Patent Litigation. Therefore I want to try Prosecution first just to test the ground. Can I work as a patent prosecutor and then switch to a patent litigator?

Asked By: Nathaniel - 1/5/2013
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Yes, absolutely. This is only like being a prosecuting attorney before becoming a defence attorney.
Answered By: Hugo Wagner - 1/5/2013
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Of course. Many people do both simultaneously. A Patent Prosecutor writes the patents and submits the paperwork, and the patent litigator handles lawsuits regarding copyright or patent violations in civil court lawsuits.
Answered By: Kenneth - 1/5/2013
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