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Patent Lawyers

Tips for Entry

Join the American Intellectual Property Law Association,, which offers resources for students interesting in a career in patent law.

Familiarize yourself with the process of acquiring a patent by reading books about patent law. Many people apply for a patent by themselves and as a result, there are many books explaining the process to a person without a legal background.

Keep a clean driving record. When you graduate law school, you will still need to be approved by the bar, where your background will be checked. As an American Bar Association-approved lawyer, you will need to have a past that is law abiding.

Visit the United States Patent and Trademark Office's Web site,, to familiarize yourself with the process of applying for a patent.

Network at state and national bar association career events, conferences, and seminars. Popular events include the American Bar Association’s Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference and AIPLA meetings.