How Hard is it to Land an In-House Patent Job?

Source: Corporate Counsel

By Jennifer Williams-Alvarez

Two recent lawsuits brought by contract attorneys seeking overtime pay have gotten the attention of law firms and staffing agencies, some of whom are changing hiring practices to avoid the issue of overtime.

A patent lawyer's opportunities to find work in-house are far fewer than their opportunities to work at a law firm, a new survey confirms. Less than 24 percent of patent attorneys work in-house, according to a recent finding from online platform Patexia Inc.

Ron Ciardiello, a managing director at legal search consultants Major, Lindsey & Africa, similarly said he expects the number of patent attorneys going in-house to increase. "There's been a trend overall in the legal market to bring work in-house. It's cost-effective and it's efficient," he said. "And as tech companies become a bigger sector in our economy, that should increase the number of jobs for patent attorneys."

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