What They’re Thinking: Parker Brugge
My father worked for DuPont for 30 plus years. I remember the challenges with his job back in that time, when I was teenager in the 70s. In the 60s and 70s, it was acceptable to dispose of your waste in the ground, in the lagoons. I remember my father talking about how he wanted to make small changes at the DuPont plant in Martinsville, Va. From that point forward, I always saw the value of taking care of our resources.
My plan was to be a patent lawyer. I worked at NASA for a little over a year part-time while I was in law school, drafting patent applications, working with the inventors to protect their intellectual property rights.
What turned me against [being a patent lawyer] was working for a law firm (Patton Boggs) in D.C. I liked the people I was working with...but I didn’t get to sit down and talk with the inventors. I was mostly just translating memos and trying to draft patent applications based on that very arcane and boring work.