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US-registered patent agent/attorney positions in Singapore?

Post by Harrison.Bergeron » Thu, 08 Oct 2009 7:16 pm


I am a second-year law student in the U.S., focusing on intellectual property law, particularly patents. I am interested in practicing in Asia after graduation. Either Singapore or Japan would be my top choices.

During the summer after second year, law students generally work for a law firm with the expectation (or at least hope) that they will be hired permanently upon graduation. However, in the current economic downturn, hiring is down sharply.

I am wondering if patent firms in Singapore are able to hire summer associates from U.S. law schools for patent prosecution work, assuming of course that the student associate has passed the U.S. patent bar already.

Also, I understand that Japan requires that an attorney have already worked three years in his home country before being able to get full recognition as an attorney in Japan. (This is somewhat different for patent attorneys, at least for those doing patent prosecution; while not being allowed to work as full attorneys, they can do patent work.) Does Singapore have a similar post-graduation experience requirement, and if so, does it also apply to attorneys?

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Post by taxico » Fri, 09 Oct 2009 11:53 am

iirc... and if the system hasn't changed...

all law grads need to have postgrad legal training + pupilage with a master before they can apply to be admitted to the bar (this takes a year)

before that, all recognized fresh foreign law grads need to do very well academically to be admitted into singapore graduate law diploma course (which is a pre-requisite and takes a year).

while i didn't address your question of experience/quasi/non-registered legal practitioners, i'm sure you can find up to date details here:

internships at bigger law firms are tougher to come by these days after one local university introduced the JD program (as opposed to an LLB) and tied up with big firms to take their law students as interns.

good luck, and never say never!
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