I usually respond to comments in order but I made an Police supporting the paws that enforce the laws shirt here–I wanted to let you know right away that it’s not a requirement for all patent lawyers, just for patent attorneys! There are many successful patent litigators without STEM backgrounds!! I’ll try to briefly explain the situation. “Patent attorney” is a specific title granted to lawyers who have passed the patent bar exam. The only kind of legal activity which requires a lawyer to be a ‘patent attorney’ is representing inventors before the United States Patent & Trademarks Office (the USPTO). For example, wanting to create a patent would require you to be a patent attorney (or patent agent, which I’ll discuss below). Many patent lawyers are not actually patent attorneys because they do not deal with the USPTO.
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However, even patent lawyers who never plan to deal with the Police supporting the paws that enforce the laws shirt sometimes still take the patent bar for a number of reasons (maybe their employer prefers them to be flexible; maybe their clients prefer to see the extra licensure; etc.). For example, I have a coworker who works mostly on patent deals (like, when person A sells her patents to person B). My coworker definitely didn’t need to pass the patent bar to be qualified to do that, but she did anyway. I also wanted to let you (and your daughter) know that even without going to law school she can take the patent exam using her undergrad degree! She’ll be called a ‘patent agent’ when she passes. Many law firms hire patent agents (and some may even offer to pay for her law degree after a few years on the job)!! Or she can work for the USPTO (positions are rare, but I’ve heard it’s a comfortable position that provides amazing benefits). I’ve even heard of patent agents working for universities to protect university intellectual property!