Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Final Day

For the final day, I was able to present all my findings to Mr. Jones. We sat down and had a talk about what I had found in my research. Turns out I had independently found the patent that the USPTO had originally rejected this companies patent on! That was exciting for me because I was able to have some impact on how this case went. I was also able to show Mr. Jones the Google Search for patents. It's a program devised by Google that allows lawyers or just researchers/investors to search key words and then they are given a list of patents that have those same keywords in them. We sat together as he searched through patents with the keywords of the patent we were trying to invalidate. This lead to us finding numerous ones that he would be able to use in his case.

This experience has been very beneficial to me. I have been able to engage in a job that I had doubts about. But as I worked and explained certain claims and arguments, I found that I really enjoyed the research and the argumentative aspect to being a patent lawyer.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Day 3

I was moved cases. I sent all my research and links to the head lawyer and they pulled me in, showed me a new patent and told me to go to work. The research behind invalidating a patent is tricky because, as Dusty(one of the lawyers) explained, as a lawyer, there are two routes you must take. The first is to show why their client that is being sued  did not violate the prosecutors patent. This is the easier part of the research, having expert witnesses come in and explain how different systems work and compile it with evidence and usually the client will be protected. The second route is a lot trickier. It is proving why the prosecutor should not have a patent in the first place. This is done by looking at the filing dates on the patent and finding previous art(the term for patent in the profession) and showing why the prosecutor's patent should be invalidated. That was the research I was doing. To find adequate evidence, I searched on the US Patent Office website and the European Patent website to try and find previous art to use in the case. I was able to find four patents that had potential to be used in court and invalidate the prosecutor's patent.

To answer some of the previous questions, starting off in the larger firms is the way to go. You are able to gain a better reputation and network with clients and other lawyers so that if you decide you want to create a smaller firm, you have those resources and links. I want to serve clients in the computer industry. Computers have always been a passion of mine and I would love to work for companies like Intel of Nvidia. It has been a rewarding time at Jones IP. There is very little sound and each partner sticks to his own office, creating a peaceful environment that is conducive. Patent law seems like the best option for me as a person because there is a research aspect as well as a presentation aspect and that is what I excel at. I cannot wait to see what I work on tomorrow. 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Day 2

Today was a slow day. I arrived at the office at 9:30 and set up in the area that I had been designated. I was still assigned to the same case so I prepared a presentation. I was able to glean some information that contradicted the claims placed in this company's patent. After that, I was able to find some website data and wanted to discover more so I created a Google Analytic account and attempted to find more information about the companies website. I was unable to do so because I had to have certain permissions on the web page. The head lawyer asked me to come in and we discussed the new case I would be working on Thursday and Friday.

Even though this has only been a small taste of what being a patent lawyer entails, it has been a rewarding experience to see how they interact with the professional world. Mr. Jones, the head lawyer, jokingly  explained that patent lawyers exist because corporations do not want to put their own employees on the line. But, on a more serious note, he explained that these corporations expect the best work possible. Mr. Jones was a partner in a larger firm earlier in his career but branched off to create Jones IP. He said that companies usually will not employ smaller firms because there is a stigma attached to them that they cannot do as much work or as quality of work as larger firms. But, because of his ties to the larger, more well known firms, he was able to operate successfully as a smaller one. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Day 1

Day 1 of working at Jones IP was an amazing experience. I was told to be at the office at 9:30 with my laptop and a good attitude. I got the office at the requested time and was introduced to Dusty, on of the partners at Jones IP. He sat me down in my designated office space(A desk with a monitor and some cables for my computer) and explained all of what patents are and do. We spent some time going back and forth about certain situations and he clarified some of the jargon that patent lawyers(and really lawyers in general use). He handed me a paper with their recent case information on it and told me to research as much as I could and then present it. I was also told many times that the information that was on that paper was confidential, so unfortunately I cannot disclose that information at this time. Nevertheless, I spent about two hours researching various items, collecting data, analyzing it, and the putting it in a memo for Mr. Jones, the head of the law firm. When he arrived, around 11:00, he pulled me into his office and summarized the case that we were going to be working on for the next week and also gave me insight into what I should focus my research on. After given some more guidance, I was sent back to the office room and typed away at my computer. The amount of thinking about the subject in context of the patent and the claims provided had me confused, but after researching some information about the entities involved, I was able to focus on what was really important to this case. At the end of the day, around 5:00, Mr. Jones again pulled me into his office and we went over all the details that I had found. He asked if I would share to the office how I was able to find certain pieces of information from the web and wanted me to provide a summary of all the business, personal, and data pieces I was able to find.

Patent Law fits very well. It involves a high level of subject knowledge but also the heavy research aspect that was so familiar in debate. The amount of knowledge that these lawyers are able to gain from being involved in a multiplicity of cases is fascinating. From being able to talk about the medical field in a hyper focused way to then be able to switch to detailing specific things about physics fascinates me. Overall, I am enjoying my time at Jones IP so far and will keep you updated on how tomorrow goes. I again apologize for not being able to disclose even a modicum of detail surrounding the case, but it is fascinating work.