Patent Lawyers: Main Duties and Responsibilities (00:51)
As a partner at Lipton, Weinberger & Husick, Husick works with clients to obtain patent protection for their inventions. He also litigates to protect the rights of people who own intellectual property.
Patent Lawyers: Career Beginnings (01:55)
Husick majored in chemistry in college before switching to law on the advice of fellow chemists. He explains how he became a patent lawyer compared to the typical way most lawyers do.
Patent Lawyers: Keys for Success (02:15)
Three branches of intellectual property law are: prosecution, litigation, and licensing. Each branch requires a specific skill set.
Patent Lawyers: Education and Certification Requirements (01:57)
You must pass the patent bar exam to be a registered patent attorney. To take the exam you must have an undergraduate degree in science or technology and you have to graduate from law school.
Patent Lawyers: Workplace Atmosphere (01:48)
Husick's first job after graduating law school was in a small firm. Before moving to an informal home office, he was the head of a department in a firm with 185 attorneys. Most new lawyers begin in an established law firm to get on the job training.
Patent Lawyers: Advice for Aspiring Pros (02:37)
Kusick advises aspiring lawyers to, in addition to being able to read, think, write, and speak, learn to analyze history in a particular way. Study technologies for intellectual property law. Students spend summers working for a law office in preparation of obtaining a permanent position.
Patent Lawyers: A Day on the Job (02:52)
Beginning at 8 am, Husick reads and responds to emails before making scheduled video and telephone conference calls. A large part of his day involves research and writing. New lawyers can expect to work a 12 hour day.
Patent Lawyers: Industry Goals and Services (02:15)
The main objective of a patent lawyer is to secure exclusive rights for his client to: make, use, sell, and import his invention for a specific period of time. Samsung copied the iPhone's patented slide-to-lock feature.
Patent Lawyers: Industry Challenges (02:26)
Husick explains that as technology becomes more complex, it is harder for the average judge or jury member to properly interpret and enforce patent rights. Research that once had to be done in the Washington DC's Patent Office library can now be done in India for 1/10th of the cost.
Patent Lawyers: Looking at the Future (02:43)
Husick explains why it is becoming less economic for a technology inventor to patent his product. Less than 1.5% of lawyers in America practice patent law; Husick sees that number dropping over the next ten years.
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