As someone considering a career change from EE to patent agent -> patent attorney, this thread has been very informative and helpful. My sincere thanks. After more than 21 yrs. in semiconductor industry as an EE (have masters in EE), I am considering very seriously (and have started to prepare for patent bar exam) changing career to be a patent attorney. Steps I am planning: clear patent bar and go get a patent agent job. I can than enter law school to get the law degree. Questions I have: 1. How much of an advantage (or disadvantage?) would I have with this large experience? Does age matter? 2. Can you comment on income levels as an independent practice? Any statistics as to what fraction of patent attorneys have independent practice? 3. Can you comment on working for a company vs a law firm/own practice financially and job satisfaction wise? Thanks.