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  • Introduction to Patent Law

    Robert Hagan
    Career Paths
    Law and Tech Management
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    Over the past decade, the patent system has been used with increasing frequency to protect and cultivate the significant amount of innovation provided by today’s biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, universities, and research institutes. Indeed, such organizations regularly call upon patent agents and attorneys to protect the fruits of their research. The extremely complex nature of this area of research often requires that such patent agents and attorneys have substantial education in the life sciences, such as Ph.Ds. or M.Ds. In recent years, individuals holding such degrees have become interested in pursuing careers in patent law. For those individuals who may be considering a career in patent law, but are unfamiliar the patent system, the following provides a general introduction to patent law. *     *    * A patent is an exclusive property right that ...