What is a technology Specialist? Great question! In patent law, a technology specialist, or tech spec, translates into words the complex work of inventors. Much like the inventors they work with, tech specs have educational backgrounds in science or engineering, which is essential for a career in patent law. What is not essential is prior patent law experience. Wolf believes in providing substantive legal training and professional development. This includes, ensuring that all new hires are paired with mentors who provide career guidance in a supportive and inclusive environment. Below is a list of a few typical job responsibilities of our tech specs:
• 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
• 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 this 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: Biotechnology, Electrical & Computer Technologies (ECT), Mechanical Technologies, and Chemical & Materials Technologies (CMT).
An advanced degree is required for the Biotechnology and Chemical & Materials Technologies practice groups.
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.