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Chemistry and Biochemistry Seminar

October 30, 2014
Smith Hall,
Room 114, 12:30 p.m.

*Pre-seminar reception at 12:15 p.m.

Douglas R. Smith

Registered Patent Attorney
Woods Oviatt Gilman

Legal Careers For Majors in the Physical Sciences

Intellectual Property (IP) law is directed to patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets. While any attorney who has passed a state bar exam may practice trademark and copyright law, patent practitioners must pass a federally administered Patent Bar Examination. A technical background, including a degree in the physical sciences, is a prerequisite for qualifying to sit for the Patent Bar. As a result, only roughly 3% of all attorneys nationwide are patent attorneys. This seminar will discuss the Patent Bar, law school and potential legal careers for graduates in the physical sciences, as well as an overview of a day-in-the-life of a patent attorney