Technology Specialist - Intellectual Property, Boston, New York, Washington DC

Technology Specialist - Intellectual Property, Boston, New York, Washington DC

We are seeking a Technology Specialist candidate with a degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science.

Technology Specialists in WilmerHale’s Intellectual Property (“IP”) practice are involved in a wide variety of types of work, including patent prosecution, client counseling, opinions, patent litigation and IP transactional matters. For example, Technology Specialists typically:

  • assist lawyers in working with inventors;
  • prepare patent applications and reply to communications from patent offices during the patent application process; 
  • assist lawyers in conducting scientific journal and patent searching on Internet databases; 
  • assist lawyers in preparing letters of instruction to foreign counsel for foreign counterparts to US patent applications; 
  • assist lawyers in the preparation of patentability, validity, freedom to operate and infringement opinions; 
  • assist lawyers in reviewing file histories of patents; 
  • assist lawyers with analyses of issues that arise in patent litigation; and
  • participate in special projects and other duties assigned.

As part of WilmerHale’s Technology Specialist Program, a Technology Specialist is expected to attend an ABA accredited law school in its evening division, obtain a law degree in four years, and take and pass the USPTO patent examination to become registered as a patent agent. A Technology Specialist is also expected to apply for and, if offered a position, participate in WilmerHale’s summer associate program during the summer after his/her third year of law school. If WilmerHale extends an offer for an associate position, a Technology Specialist is then expected to take the appropriate state bar exam and become an associate at WilmerHale. Technology Specialists are eligible to participate in the firm’s tuition reimbursement program for law school. Learn more about Technology Specialists at WilmerHale.

Candidates should have strong academic credentials and/or prior work experience as well as strong written and verbal communication skills. Candidates do not need to have prior patent law experience and do not need to be registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office. 

WilmerHale is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin or ancestry, age, disability or veteran status, or other protected status.