The Position:
A Full-Service Law Firm is seeking a Junior to Midlevel Associate or Patent Agent to join the Life Sciences subgroup of the Intellectual Property practice group. This position will work out of one of our Chicago, Salt Lake City, Wisconsin, or North Carolina offices. The Agent or Attorney must have 2+ years of patent prosecution experience at a firm or in-house, and the ability to draft patent applications is a must. The ideal candidate will hold a degree or Ph.D. in Chemistry or Organic Chemistry, or a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. Admission to the USPTO is preferred. The candidate must excel in a team environment and be a highly-motivated self-starter with excellent business judgment, the ability to communicate clearly with clients, and the flexibility to thrive in a fast-paced environment.

The Location:
We have offices in Wisconsin (Milwaukee, Madison, Manitowoc, Waukesha); Illinois (Chicago); Utah (Cottonwood Heights, Salt Lake City); Colorado (Denver, Broomfield); Texas (Austin); and North Carolina (Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington); and Washington D.C. Our contemporary offices spaces are ideal for concentration and collaboration supporting our culture of working together to make great things happen for our clients. Chicago, Salt Lake City, Wisconsin, or North Carolina offices.

Job Requirements:
Bring Your Best
Knowledge Base & Education:
  • At least 2 years of in-house or law firm patent prosecution experience
  • Degree in Chemical Engineering (B.S.), Chemistry (Ph.D.), and/or Organic Chemistry (Ph.D)
  • Admission to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Excellent academic credentials

  • Ability to learn and embrace new skills and best practices as the position evolves and Firm needs change
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Ability to work well independently as well as effectively within a team

  • Ability to develop relationships and foster teamwork at all levels of the Firm

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a diverse group of internal and external clients, attorneys, and staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage confidential information and sensitive situations with tact and discretion

Problem Solving Skills:
  • Ability and confidence to identify and analyze issues, make decisions, and initiate actions/solutions
  • Agility to respond to unexpected challenges, including proactively developing innovative solutions to complex problems while maintaining a professional demeanor

  • Ability to maintain composure and demonstrate good judgment
  • Valid authorization to work in the U.S.