One thing about patent attorneys is that the experience they have can make them marketable regardless of their seniority. Here, this attorney had specific expertise that was relevant to the automotive industry. While the attorney had a degree in electrical engineering, they also had a lot of experience doing work related to different sorts of engines and, specifically, hybrid-related power systems. Because there are not a lot of attorneys in the country that have experience patenting such engines, this attorney was very attractive to Detroit law firms that work for the automotive industry. Patent attorneys with very specific prosecution related experience are always marketable when there are specific firms that need this expertise. Here, this attorney was just such a case.
While the attorney did not necessarily believe it would be easy for them to find a position in Detroit because of their seniority, we were quite confident the attorney would be placed when we started their search. Within a short time, the attorney received an offer from a very good law firm outside of Detroit and was able to join in a counsel role.
Regardless of the seniority of a patent attorney, if they have the right experience businesses and law firms will often want to hire them. This attorney had the right experience and was attractive to more than one law firm in Detroit that was interested in their understanding of hybrid automotive systems.
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