What is a technology specialist? In the legal world, a technology specialist (tech spec) is an individual whose educational background is in science or engineering and decides to embark on a career in patent law. You are likely someone who loves learning about new technology, has a passion for solving challenges, and wants a career where you love the people with whom you work! Having a robust background in science or engineering is essential for anyone interested in pursuing a career in patent law. What is not essential is prior legal experience. Leave it to Wolf Greenfield to provide you the training you will need to develop a successful career in patent law. Typical responsibilities of our tech specs include:
• Reviewing technical disclosures and participating in client interviews to understand new inventions;
• Searching literature and patent databases to determine the patentability of inventions;
• Drafting written assessments of the prospects of obtaining patent protection;
• Writing patent applications;
• Preparing responses to communications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
• Developing arguments for patentability to Patent Office Examiners; and
• Reviewing patents as part of the IP due diligence for a potential acquisition or merger.
Technology Specialists at Wolf Greenfield pursue one of two tracks:
• Patent Attorney Track: After at least one year with the firm gaining valuable on-the-job experience, we anticipate that you will enroll in a part-time law school evening program. The firm supports your education by reducing your billable hour requirement and covering the cost of tuition and books. The part-time law school program typically takes four years to complete. Upon graduating, taking the bar exam, and being admitted to practice law, you will transition to the role of Associate.
• Patent Agent Track: On the Patent Agent Track, you will enjoy the same types of challenging work and professional development opportunities, with a reduced billable hour requirement. Your training and on-the-job experience will help you develop your career as a seasoned Patent Agent. The opportunity to participate in the firm’s law school program will not be offered to someone in this position.
We are accepting applications in our Boston and New York offices in the following practice groups: Electrical & Computer Technologies (ECT), Mechanical Technologies, and Chemical & Materials Technologies (CMT).
An advanced degree is required for the Chemical & Materials Technologies practice group.
The Electrical & Computer Technologies practice group considers applicants at all degree levels.
An advanced degree is preferred for our Mechanical Technologies practice group. Please note that the Mechanical Technologies group recruits for attorney track candidates only.