A really helpful and insight piece from Andrea Brewster on the essential skills to succeed as a patent attorney.
Having interviewed and placed a fair number of attorneys in new roles over the years, I'm inclined to agree that there are recurring traits that successful attorneys certainly do possess.
In a crowded recruitment market place, I'd also add the ability to decifer which firms (or industry departments) can really meet your career aspirations. What signs should you look for when choosing to move employer? Should you listen to hearsay about so-called employer reputations? Are you been paid fairly for your qualification and experience level? Can you move jobs before you qualify? (yes, any many do so!)
To be good at the job, you should have an enquiring mind. You will not initially understand every invention you come across, but you must be able to ask the right questions and learn quickly, becoming just enough of an expert to provide the legal assistance your client needs. It will also help if your curiosity extends to the commercial aspects of your work: a patent attorney should be as interested in the business context of a client’s technology as in the science behind it.