How did you get started doing this type of work?
When I was in law school (Duke Univ. School of Law), I was contacted by law firms to see if I would like to be a patent attorney. My background in biology (Ph.D. in Bacteriology) was of interest to firms that wanted to enter the new field of patenting biotechnological inventions. Although I had not previously considered patent law, it sounded like an interesting field, and it is!
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Be sure that the patent attorney whom you hire is licensed by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Also be sure to discuss fees upfront so that you know what to expect.