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Soft Intellectual Property (Trademark, Copyright, Trade Secret)

TYPES OF "SOFT IP"


"SOFT IP" OPPORTUNITIES

There are fewer opportunities for trademark/copyright and other "soft IP" attorneys than there are for patent attorneys. There are several reasons why.

First, the trademark, copyright, and licensing fields are not nearly as complex as the patent field, and they do not require a specialized scientific or technical background. In fact, many corporate attorneys are comfortable doing trademark work at a basic level.

Second, as the dot-com frenzy has slowed and many domain name disputes are more under control, there has been a slowdown in trademark work as compared to 1998 through 2000.

Third, while there are some high-profile exceptions to this rule and some firms have extremely sophisticated trademark/copyright practices, very few firms in the U.S. have separate trademark and copyright licensing departments. Many patent attorneys may be called upon to do both trademark and copyright work in addition to whatever their field of specialization is in the patent field. In addition, some people perceive that trademark and copyright licensing work is less intellectually taxing than doing patent prosecution. Many patent attorneys like doing copyright and trademark work because it is a break of sorts from doing straight patent prosecution. Accordingly, many firms and corporations like to offer patent attorneys a wider variety of work to keep them happy.


IF YOU'RE INTERESTED IN PURSUING A CAREER IN INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW...

1. Explore the IP classes that Loyola offers.

2. Improve your legal writing by joining Loyola's Law Journal or another of Loyola's student publications.

3. Work as a judicial extern during law school to help develop strong writing skills.

4. Gain practical experience in the field by working as a summer associate or law clerk at an intellectual property law firm.

5. Join Loyola's Intellectual Property Society or an outside IP organization such as the American Intellectual Property Law Association or the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago.

6. Join the ABA as a student member and participate in events planned by the Section of Intellectual Property Law.

7. Get to know Loyola professors specializing in intellectual property law - Cynthia Ho and Brett Frischman.


INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW RESOURCES

IP Resumes, Before & After - Professor Cynthia Ho (PDF) 

IP Career Planning - Professor Cynthia Ho (PDF)

IP: A Few Facts for a First Year Law Student - Professor Cynthia Ho (PDF)

Separating Myth From Reality: Preparing for IP Law & Practice - Professor Cynthia Ho (PDF)

Suggested Reading for Students Interested in Soft IP

Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago

LexisNexis Copyright-Trademark Community

ABA Section of Intellectual Property

ABA Section of Intellectual Property: Careers in IP Law

Am I Patent Bar Eligible? - If you're eligible to sit for the patent bar, see our Patent Law page.

U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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