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ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law
Careers In Intellectual Property Law


This brochure is written for individuals who are considering a career in law, and law students in search of a specialty, to introduce you to the fascinating field of intellectual property law-a field that spans the full range of technology and the arts, from poetry to genetic engineering, from soft drinks to computer software. Of necessity, this brochure presents an overview of the field of intellectual property law and is not intended to be relied upon as a definitive treatise.

The brochure was prepared under the direction of the Committee on Law Students of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association with contributions from Robert Bauer, Michael Blommer, Ramon Klitzke, Cathy Lichter, Wendy McDonald, Seth Nehrbass, Carol Roth, and Richard Wirtz (general editor). We hope you find it helpful in planning your career. Your comments would be most welcome in the development of future editions.

CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION

II. THE FOUR MAIN TYPES OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

III. PREPARING TO PRACTICE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW
IV. PATENT LAW AS A SPECIALTY: PREPARATION
V. PATENT LAW AS A SPECIALTY: PRACTICE
VI. EMPLOYMENT ARENAS FOR INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAWYERS

VII. CONCLUSION

APPENDIX: ADDITIONAL SOURCES OF INFORMATION

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