The DOE Intellectual Property Law (IPL) Division internship, is a hybrid professional/educational volunteer opportunity that offers real world work experience to undergraduate and graduate students interested in patent analytics. In order to preserve the Government’s rights in funded inventions, IPL is actively monitoring patent office filings and issued patents to identify potentially unreported inventions. Successfully applicants will assist with this effort. The program is expected to run roughly 40 hours per week throughout the summer with flexible start and completion dates as well.
Students should consult with academic faculty to determine if this unpaid experience will earn credit.
Successful applicants will be tasked with a variety of assignments based upon their interests, expertise and training. Major duties include the following:
- Assist with the Department’s annual audit programs reviewing data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) with data reported to DOE in order to identify potentially unreported inventions under the supervision of an experienced patent attorney.
- Further design and develop python code to prioritize the review of DOE awards for potentially unreported inventions from internal data in comparison with public data at the USPTO. For example, using artificial intelligence and text analytics to identify probably of matches the review of awards. Assist in the evaluation of the python code in its ability to prioritize the review of awards for potentially unreported inventions. Finally, enhance the python code in an iterative processing after design, development and evaluation.
- Assist in the preparation of a final memorandum documenting the audit process, results, and lessons learned.
- Assist with the scientific review and analysis of technical proposals and patent applications to help identify potentially unreported inventions under the supervision of an experienced patent attorney.
- Assist in preparing demand letters for any identified unreported inventions under the supervision of an experienced patent attorney.
- Depending on the student, other related services may also be requested, such as assistance with other audits or with the evaluation of inventions for patenting under the supervision of an experienced patent attorney.
· An interest in patents and data analytics and programming.
· An interest in the DOE’s mission, especially regarding intellectual property.
· Knowledge of fundamental computer programming principals to quickly
understand existing python code and ability to apply modern programming
concepts, libraries and practices to improve the code.
· Knowledge of fundamental science and mathematics principals to quickly
understand technical writings including patents, technical papers and invention
· Knowledge and skill to collect and analyze data, relate data to established; guides, and evaluate the significance of the collected data;
· Good oral and written communication skills.
· Detail oriented, organized, and able to work independently.
· Able to work as a team and accept constructive criticism.
Preferred academic disciplines include the following: Electrical or computer engineering, computer science and related fields.
· Successful applicants will work from home [telecommute]. DOE will not provide IT
equipment. Successful applicants must have operating computer systems
compatible with DOE operating programs.
· U.S. Citizenship is required