Thursday 30 May 2013

IP attorneys: would you want your daughter to marry one?

This blogger has just read the following media release:
Today, is releasing findings from a new survey asking parents if they want their child to grow up and become or marry a lawyer. Highlights from the survey include: 
  • 64% of survey respondents with children in the household want their child to become a lawyer.
  • Moms (55%) are more likely to be interested in having a lawyer as a son- or daughter-in-law than dads (38%).
·         80% of parents with household incomes of less than $25,000 per year said they’d like their child to become a lawyer, versus 54% of those with household incomes over $75,000. 
Full details are in the release below and on the blog.
It seems strange that, in a jurisdiction in which lawyers are so widely disliked, distrusted and generally subjected to generalised abuse (just key 'lawyer jokes' into your favourite search engine and see what you get). However, the perception that lawyers earn a lot of money is widely held, as is the faith that a lawyer in the family will do whatever damage he or she does outside rather than within his or own domestic patch, in much the same way as cats like to use other people's gardens as lavatory facilities rather than soil their own.

It would be good to know how many people polled would, if informed of the option, prefer their child to be or to marry a patent or trade mark attorney -- even if they knew the truth about what many IP practitioners, particularly those working in-house or for themselves, were actually taking home after deductions for tax, social security, pensions and whatever.

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