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Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Patent Agent was asked...June 26, 2016

Mostly about your work, why you want to leave your current firm and why pillsbury

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Just be honest and truthful and most importantly confident

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Foley & Lardner
Patent Agent was asked...September 26, 2015

Do you have any questions for me about the company?

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Is there any certain, or established style of specification drafting in your company? Less

Asked which projects I might be involved in. Opportunities for pro-Bono work.

Kan and Krishme

the question focused on candidate interest in IPR and details about the patent office linkage if any.

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qualifications itself prove the candidate interest.

Cognizant Technology Solutions
Patent Agent was asked...November 24, 2019

Introduce yourself and asked questions about the employer a lot

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I answered it very well with confidence and interview went for half an hour

Morgan Lewis

What is your expected salary? (So we can pay you peanuts if you are dumb enough to work for us.)

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I told them between 100,000 to 200,000 dollars. But I didn't directly answer the question because there are too many variables to have in mind. Less

Pratt & Whitney

One of the attorneys asked: Do you write the claims first or the specifications first?

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His preferance was to write the claims first. When I answered they other way, he did not like it! Less

Fenwick & West

Tell me all the details about your research project

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I cannot disclose as this was my intellectual property

Fasken

Technical interview where we had to work through a patent agent exam from the previous year.

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I did some research on CIPO to understand how to approach such a question.

23andMe
Patent Agent was asked...September 6, 2019

(paraphrasing) - Describe your decision making process, e.g., how would you decide when is the right time to file a patent application?

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I made it clear that, although at times decisions must be made quickly on limited data, I prefer to gather what science/data is available and let that drive my decision making. Less

Solvay

They asked how I would respond to a particular hypothetical office action.

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