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08/21/08
Nontraditional Careers. Patents and Intellectual Property
Filed under: Position Searching, Mentoring, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 10:56 pm

The Wednesday afternoon Patents and Intellectual
Property workshop in Philadelphia proved to be most
informative.

In addition to covering all of the planned material
related to defining the nature of patent protection,
we discussed

  - the different roles of patent agents and patent
attorneys

  - websites that are good sources for patents

Separate small group discussions evolved about
the role of patent agents and patent attorney
preparation, personal statement and passing
of the bar.  Special thanks go to Dr. George
Fairchild and Dr. Amy Hayden who
beneficially added to this terrific workshop.

We learned that both patent agents and patent
attorneys both
 - assess material and patent literature
 - write and file patents with the office
 - prosecute patents

Attorneys are also involved in
 - litigation
 - infringement
 - law suits

Web-sites for patents included (is this legal
language? )
 - free patents online
 - Patent file conversion
 - US patents
 - european patents

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Thank you letters. Following a Screening Interview
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 8:38 pm

Gee whiz!  I honestly thought I had written
something about thank you notes.  During the
Philadelphia ACS meeting, GS sent me the
following note:

Dear Dan,
“It was great to see you again at ACS, I do
have another “career question” for you.  After
interviews, are email thank you’s now as
acceptable as written thank you’s?  I tried
to find the answer on the blog, but couldn’t….

GS”


There are several links that address the advantages,
the content and the timing of thank you letters.
CareerSolvers does the best job in my mind
encouraging people to write thank you notes.
So well done that my comment is just go there!
ScienceJobs adds some particulars that should
be considered for each situation.

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Jobs in Academia Workshop. Academic Post-docs
Filed under: Post-docs
Posted by: site admin @ 2:35 pm

One of the members who attended the Jobs in
Academe workshop at the Philadelphia ACS national
meeting this week asked the question:

“What institutions offer academic post-docs?”

This post offers the response.

Our information indicates
Trinity University
Boston University
University of Georgia
University of New Hampshire
Tufts University

ScienceCareers had an article on this subject
.

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