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WilmerHale Intellectual Property Technology Specialist in Boston, New York

We are seeking a Technology Specialist candidate with a degree in chemistry. A PhD in Organic Chemistry is preferred.

Technology Specialists in WilmerHale's Intellectual Property ("IP") practice are involved in a wide variety of types of work supervised by attorneys, including patent prosecution, client counseling, opinions, patent litigation and IP transactional matters. For example, Technology Specialists typically work with inventors; prepare patent applications and replies to communications from patent offices during the patent application process; conduct scientific journal and patent searching on Internet databases; prepare 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 and technical literature; assist with analyses of issues that arise in patent litigation; adhere to a standard of ethics; 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 (day programs to be considered on a case-by-case basis) obtain a law degree in four years, and take and pass the USPTO patent bar examination to become registered as a patent agent. A Technology Specialist may be offered a position to participate in WilmerHale's summer associate program during the summer after his/her/their 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. 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.

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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.

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About WilmerHale

WilmerHale is a leading, full-service international law firm with 1,000 lawyers located throughout 13 offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. Our practice includes more than 500 litigators with deep trial, appellate and US Supreme Court experience; a preeminent securities law practice with more than 200 lawyers; a regulatory practice that includes more than 100 lawyers who have held high-level government positions; an intellectual property practice enriched by the experience of more than 100 lawyers and technology specialists who hold scientific or technical degrees; nearly 200 seasoned corporate lawyers and business counselors; and lawyers who focus on bankruptcy, environmental, labor and employment, real estate and tax matters. Most importantly, our firm stands for a steadfast commitment to quality and excellence in everything we do-a commitment reflected in the continued success of our clients across the globe.

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