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To prepare for this field, take college preparatory classes in
high school that include the sciences (such as biology, chemistry,
and physics) and government or law. In addition, take mathematics
and economics classes, which will give you practice working with
numbers and theories. Take history or social studies courses, which
will provide you with an understanding of the development of
societies, as well as the ability to turn research into a logical,
progressive argument. Since much of your professional time will be
spent researching documents, writing patent specifications, and
presenting arguments, be sure to take English and speech classes to
develop your writing, speaking, and research skills. Finally, since
many colleges have a foreign language requirement and patent work
takes place around the world, consider adding a language to your
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