Answer: That’s a great question. If your degree is highly in demand with law firms in your geographic region, it might make sense to go ahead and start your search. I have successfully worked with candidates and secured them positions without the USPTO licensure, but their skill-sets were very much in demand (for example, EE candidates). I think if those candidates had had the USPTO licensure on their resumes, they might have had more interviews, but they had plenty of interest even without the licensure.
I Have a Technical Background with Degrees in Both Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. Should I Begin Looking for Patent Agent Positions Now or Wait Until I Have the USPTO Licensure on My Resume?By Suzanne Dupree Howe, from Houston Office