RE: techwr-l digest: October 20, 2005

Subject: RE: techwr-l digest: October 20, 2005
From: "Tom Storer" <tstorer -at- free -dot- fr>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2005 08:36:53 +0200

Judy Stitt asked:

>Could anyone please comment (more knowledgeably than I) on the
>following question I received about how much actual legal research
>editors can be asked to do ... are paralegals or specialists
>generally asked to handle most of the legal research that attorneys
>themselves choose not to do? If specialists, how can such individuals
>or organizations best be located? [...]
>>Does the occasion ever arise or is there a market niche where the
>>editor is also engaged to conduct any sort of research, as in, say,
>>legal research?

In the tech sectors, one related possibility would be working on patent
applications. From what I understand, patent lawyers, who actually write and
file the definitive application, often depend on others to research both the
invention to be patented and the "prior art," i.e. existing patented
technology. That isn't legal research per se but it touches on it, and I
assume specialized legal knowledge regarding patents would be a big plus. As
to how to find that kind of work, I guess the same way you would find any
work... the want ads, headhunters, word of mouth.

- Tom Storer


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