A small group of fellow students and I had the opportunity to have lunch with Jackie Hutter and discuss the ways that the IP Law market is changing and how to fit into this evolving area. I would like to share some of her enlightening words of wisdom on how to set yourself apart in the changing IP industry.
"Never stop meeting people." Even after you've obtained a job, don't stop meeting people and networking. You never know when you'll want or need to move careers paths and having connections is key to achieving your career goals.
"Stay in charge of your resume."
"Learn how to make yourself indispensable as the industry changes." Watch where the industry is headed and learn skills pertinent to that area.
"Business people want guardians, not traffic cops." Attorneys want to eliminate all risk from business, but risk is innate to business. Business people want/need to take risks in transactions. They want their attorney to provide boundaries to know when something has become too risky, not police their every move.
"Spend time around the correct people." In order to better understand the people you work for, you need to spend time around people who understand or work in that field. If you want to learn licensing, spend time with licensors, not other attorneys.
"Listen to what people need. Lawyers' biggest flaw is not knowing what the problem is." You need to understand what the problem is before trying to fix it. The only way to understand the problem is to listen.
"Volunteer in the right places." Make yourself available to the right people, the people who need it. Startup companies, for example.
Thank you for your time, Ms. Hutter.
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