I never thought I’d get into the blogging game, but when the good folks at Bio Careers asked me to do one, I couldn’t say no. In my blog, I will provide some of my experiences regarding my transition from scientist to patent law attorney.
By way of introduction, I obtained a Ph.D. in medical and molecular genetics from Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where my research focused on enzyme replacement therapy for Fabry disease, a rare X-linked lysosomal storage disease. I then obtained my J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School, where I was a Supervising Editor on the Cardozo Law Review. I have been practicing intellectual property law for about 10 years now, with a focus on biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law. I am currently a registered patent attorney at Diehl Servilla LLC in Clark, NJ. Information about the firm can be found at www.dsiplaw.com.
In my blog, I will provide some perspectives regarding my transition from science to patent law. I will explain the reasons for my move, as well as my experiences (both positive and negative) in graduate school, law school and at various law firms. I will provide some helpful tips for making a transition from science to law (such as bar exam preparation for both state and USPTO), discuss the various legal opportunities that exist for scientists in today’s economic climate, and show you how to make yourself more attractive to employers.
I’m hoping that others can learn from both my successes and failures in this regard. On the lighter side, I also hope to discuss interesting intellectual property cases that may come down the pike (can you say Bilski?), as well as books, articles and anything else that may be relevant at the intersection of science and law.
Look for my blog on the first and third Thursday of every month starting in July. I look forward to your questions and comments.
***This blog does not contain any legal advice whatsoever. This blog is for informational purposes only, and its publication does not create an attorney-client relationship. In addition, nothing in this blog constitutes a solicitation for business. Moreover, this blog is the personal blog of the Author; it is not edited by the Authors’ employers and, as such, no part of this weblog is to be so attributed.