Intellectual Property and Technology

 

WHAT LAWYERS WHO PRACTICE IN THIS FIELD DO

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Intellectual property lawyers practice in law firms, companies, and government agencies.  They assist clients with legal issues involving patents, copyrights, trademarks, licensing, and trade secrets.  Sports, entertainment, and technology/computer law are all closely related practice areas.

  • Intellectual property attorneys provide transactional services such as negotiating and drafting licensing agreements or preparing copyright registration documents. Some intellectual property attorneys are also litigators who handle disputes involving trademark or copyright infringement matters.

 

  • Patent lawyers assist specifically in the areas of patent prosecution and/or patent litigation.  Patent prosecutors prepare and prosecute patent applications for their inventor clients before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; patent litigators help to enforce and defend the patent rights of their clients.

  • In order to prosecute patent applications before the USPTO, it is necessary to pass the Patent Bar Examination.  A technical background is required in order to take the Patent Bar Exam.  However, a technical background is not required for many other areas of intellectual property practice.

 

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BAR EXAMINATION FACTOR

Property I & II are tested on the Multistate Bar Examination and essay sections of the bar examination in most states.  Intellectual property and patent law topics are not specifically tested on the bar examination in Kentucky, Indiana, or Ohio.  Patent law topics are tested on the Patent Bar Exam, which is a separate, optional bar examination for those desiring to prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.


 

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