Our technology specialists have the backgrounds and training to speak - and translate - the complex language of inventors. From life sciences to artificial intelligence, Wolf Greenfield’s tech specs work closely with clients, using their science and technology experience to help achieve business goals. Bring your technical experience to Wolf Greenfield – and join one of the country’s first and best tech spec programs.
Two Tech Spec Tracks:
1. Patent Attorney Track
As one of the first technology specialist programs in the country, we have experience in turning the finest technical minds into the finest legal minds. Many of our attorneys started their careers in patent law as technology specialists, and we know what it means to take on the intellectual challenges of patent law. We will provide you with the support, guidance and training to meet those challenges.
2. 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. Tech specs choosing this track do not participate in the firm's law school program.
From your first days at Wolf Greenfield, you’ll be exposed to an innovative training program that includes a complete series of introductory and advanced classes geared to your specific career stage. Beginning with patent law, your training will expand to more complex aspects of patent law and other IP fields.
Training, however, is not just about intellectual property practice and procedure. We teach you how to communicate with clients who are technically savvy, with those in non-technical roles, and with those with legal experience. Knowing the law is the first step, but understanding a business and persuading others that your position is the best one is a skill that comes with experience, creativity, and teamwork. We consider all of these areas to be integral to your professional development.
All legal staff participate in a wide variety of training programs we have established at the firm. These programs cover such topics as advanced legal research skills, client development, business and industry issues, and review and analysis of decisions of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Along with our formal training programs, we also provide informal training on legal and business development matters through firm-wide attorney lunches, practice group meetings, and administrative presentations.
You’ll be able to take advantage of external educational opportunities, and access is made simple with our Training Committee’s database of course descriptions and recommendations for key outside IP law courses. You will have an annual budget for training-related items like books, off-site seminars, and state bar programs.
We believe in giving tech specialists direct client contact early in their careers. To help you develop the skills you’ll need to build and maintain long-term client relationships, our client services department presents formal training programs on such topics as client management and communication, networking, and business development.
You will be paired with a shareholder or senior associate mentor who will serve as a close advisor to you. These mentors provide guidance and answer questions you may have about the firm and your work assignments.
Benefits & Perks
Wolf Greenfield is committed to your health and well-being, and we recognize that benefits are a critically important part of the employee experience. We offer a generous and comprehensive benefits package for employees and their families, and strive to continually enhance our benefits program to meet your needs.
- Medical, Dental, Vision Plans (Domestic Partner Coverage Available)
- Short & Long Term Disability Plans
- Vacation/Sick Leave
- Paid Leave for Primary and Secondary Caregivers
- Employer-Subsidized Health Savings Accounts
- Healthy Living & Financial Wellness Programming
- Flexible Spending Accounts (Health and Dependent Care)
- Firm-Paid Life and AD&D Insurance (Supplemental Coverage options for employees and dependents)
- Employee Assistance Plan (Free Counseling, Referrals, Work/Life Balance Resources)
- 401(k) Matching and Profit Sharing Program Paid CLE/Marketing Budget
- Paid Bar Admission Fees
Beyond the Basics
- Firm Sponsored Mentor Program
- Home Office Set-up
- Relocation Assistance
- Onsite Gym Facility (Boston)
- Entertainment Discount Program
- Home, Auto, and Renters Insurance Discounts
- Rewards & Recognition Programs
- Pre-tax Parking and Subsidized Transit Benefits
- Employee Referral Bonus
- Mental Health Support & Counseling
- Matching Gift Program
- Child and Adult Back Up Care
- Pro Bono & Paid Volunteer Opportunities
- Pet Insurance
- Social Events
If you pursue a career in IP law with us, you won’t be leaving your technical background behind - you’ll be taking it to the next level.We look for candidates with a strong background in the sciences, engineering, or computer programming. Candidates may have experience in industry or academia as well. Prior legal experience is not required. Additional qualifications include:
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Sound judgment, maturity, and an inquisitive nature;
- Interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with business leaders, attorneys, scientists, engineers, inventors, and patent examiners; and
- A strong work ethic paired with the ability to juggle multiple job responsibilities.
Successful candidates who have not already passed the Patent Bar examination and registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office will be required to do so after joining the firm. The firm will cover the cost of the examination and a review course.
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