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Civil Engineering or Mechanical for Patent Attorney

  1. Oct 25, 2010 #1
    I am a junior currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Recently, I decided to pursue a law degree after completing my Bachelor's degree. I am currently considering a switch to Civil Engineering, but I am not sure if this is a good decision. Does anyone have advice for me? I know civil engineering is acceptable, but is it a wise switch? Any advice would be appreciated.
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  3. Oct 25, 2010 #2


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    Welcome to PF, Boilerup.
    I am not a high-school graduate, let alone an Engineer, but I tend to think like a Mechanical Engineer and therefore recommend that approach. To me, it seems to be the basis of all other branches in the realm.
  4. Oct 28, 2010 #3
    I was also on the patent law path, and even took the LSAT, until I realized I had my priorities mixed up in life. Mechanical engineering would be much better than civil, given that you will be patents with a mechanical basis, not anything dealing with scale of structures in civil engineering. That said, electrical engineering is arguably the most desirable technical background to have with regard to patent prosecution...so if I were you, I'd go for a background in EE.
  5. Oct 31, 2010 #4
    Why are you considering a switch to civil engineering?
  6. Oct 31, 2010 #5
    I think there is no doubt that the number of patents per year produced by mechanical engineering disciplines - especially those involved in mass production - is many many times greater than for civil / building simply because the latter tends to be one off.

    Famous patents in civils such as the 'cats eye' were really mech eng driven.

    Good luck in your future career.
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