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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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