echnology Specialists in WilmerHale's intellectual property (IP) practice are involved in a wide variety of work, including patent prosecution, client counseling, opinions, patent litigation and IP transactional matters. For example, Technology Specialists typically work with inventors to prepare patent applications and replies to communications from patent offices during the patent application process; conduct scientific journal and patent literature searching on public 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; assist 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, Technology Specialists are expected to begin law school within one year of joining the firm. A Technology Specialist is expected to attend an ABA accredited law school in its evening division, obtain a lawdegree 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. 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 lawexperience and do not need to be registered to practice before the USPTO.