Intern positions are available at one or more of our three Patent Center locations (Endicott, NY; Hopewell Junction, NY; and Rochester, MN). To be considered, please submit a cover letter with your application, and provide an ordered list of your location preferences within your cover letter.
The Patent Professional Intern will be immersed for 12 weeks, in the summer, learning the basics of patent law with an emphasis on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications at one of our three Patent Center locations. Responsibilities may include: study of relevant patent law, review of invention disclosures and patentability search results, interviewing inventors, drafting of technical specifications relative to disclosed inventions, distinguishing existing claims from identified prior art, claim drafting, participating in examiner interviews, and assisting with responses to the USPTO.
The Patent Professional Intern will work closely with, and at the direction of, a USPTO registered patent attorney or agent mentor in the IBM Patent Center. The Patent Professional Intern will also interact with the wider IBM legal team, both internal and external to the Patent Center, and with IBM inventors.
Candidates must have or be working towards a technical science or engineering degree. Successful candidates will exhibit high-level writing and communication skills and will have a desire to learn.
Although knowledge of the patent procurement process is preferred, on the job training will be provided in an interactive and collaborative format modeled to the highly motivated individual. The preferred candidate would participate in the internship between his or her second and third year of law school. On a limited basis, students completing their first year of law school will also be considered, as well as undergraduate students completing their junior year, working towards a technical degree, and having a demonstrated interest in the patenting process.
Required Technical and Professional Expertise
Currently hold a Bachelor's Degree in a technical field
Demonstrated eligibility to sit for the USPTO registration exam
Preferred Tech and Prof Experience
Preferred technical backgrounds/degrees include: Computer Science; Computer Systems Engineering; Electrical Engineering; Information Technology; Chemistry, Biology; Chemical Engineering; Materials Engineering; Mechanical Engineering; Physics; or Another science or engineering field with significant course work in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Chemistry, or Physics,.
The preferred candidate will be registered to practice with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
IBM is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. IBM is also committed to compliance with all fair employment practices regarding citizenship and immigration status.