Patent scientists (or patent attorneys) serve a unique role in large agricultural organizations that produce new products. Their responsibility is to evaluate patent validity on new products or services from both a legal and scientific perspective.
What responsibilities will I have?
What education and training is required?
A master’s or doctorate degree in your preferred field of work (biology, genetics, etc.) is required to become a patent scientist or attorney. You will also need to possess experience in the patent profession or have some level of legal training; a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) is recommended.
To pursue a career as a Patent Scientist:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, business courses, a focus on the sciences, computer courses, and mathematics.
Patent scientists work for large agricultural companies and organizations that are continually achieving discoveries and creating new products.
Future Job Market/Outlook
The future outlook for a patent scientist will be good over the next five years.
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