Q: I just passed the California bar exam. I work as a chemical/ petroleum engineer and looking for a part time job in
In intellectual property ( patent and trade mark ) . I am looking for a mentorship. please let me know if you know an attorney who is interested to offer me a job or internship or metorship.
Thank you in advance .
A: Congratulations on passing a state bar, Naz!
Although I can't offer you a job right now, here are a couple of points:
(1) You need to decide if you want to go into patent prosecution or patent litigation. Those are two separate practices. Although there are attorneys who do both successfully, the vast majority of jobs, especially when you are starting out, will be one of the other.
(2) If you want to go into patent prosecution (i.e., get patents for clients), you need to pass the patent bar ASAP. This is by far the most important thing that you can do right now to get yourself considered for a job as a patent prosecutor. There might be someone really desperate, but passing the patent bar is the minimum to show your future employer that you can hit the ground running and make money from day one, even if you don't have much experience.
(3) If you want to go into litigation, you need to get good in litigation, preferably in Federal courts. It matters little at this point if it is patents or not; you'd first and foremost be a litigator, and a litigator that specializes in patents second.
(4) If you have not yet done so already, you should join a local IP Law Association. Since you are in Irvine, join the LAIPLA. Go to their meetings (or attend remotely) and network like crazy.
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