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CUA Law Alumnus, Bryan Webster '01, Profiled by the D.C. Bar

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CUA Law alumnus, Bryan Webster '01, was profiled in the D.C. Bar member spotlight feature. Webster is a senior attorney at Microsoft Corporation in Washington state who has an affinity for trips back to D.C. He has decades of work experience in patent prosecution and litigation, software licensing, and patent portfolio management.

Webster, an engineering major, decided to attend CUA Law while working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Washington, D.C.

How did you end up in law school?

I grew up in Texas and then went to Syracuse University, where I graduated in 1991 with an engineering degree. I had planned on going to graduate school for engineering, but then a friend of mine got a job at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The notion of actually having money was an interesting one, so I followed him to the Patent Office. I got a job as a patent examiner specializing in digital communications. I figured I could put my education on hold to make some money.

At the time, it was the height of the dot-com boom so patent lawyers were in demand. Some of my colleagues at the Patent Office went to law school at night. They started getting calls from law firms. I started thinking that going to law school could open more doors for me than engineering would. So I went to law school at night. It took me four years to finish, and I worked at the Patent Office for the majority of the time.

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