February 2008 - Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property is a popular and growing legal field.  New York City, in particular, is a hotbed center for media and entertainment.  Whether you have a science background and are interested in patent law, or prefer the arts and entertainment world and are interested in copyright and trademark law, or even if you are interested in commercial litigation, there are many avenues to pursue in the field of intellectual property.  See the the piece below by Prof. Horace Anderson for an insider's view.

* New Guide to Careers in Intellectual Property Law *


To help students navigate through the types of intellectual property law practice, we have prepared A Guide to Careers in Intellectual Property Law.  In this Guide you will find background on the types of intellectual property law, the main career opportunity avenues, information on the Patent Bar Examination, and many links to resources in the industry, including trade organizations, public sector agencies and organizations (government and not-for-profits) and private sector law firms.

Se below for information on Intellectual Property Career Fairs

For a comprehensive listing of law firms with intellectual property practices, see:


Careers in Intellectual Property – Not Just Patent Return to top

Intellectual property (“IP”) has a reputation among law students as a “hot” area of practice, and many Pace students entertain the idea of specializing in IP when they graduate.  Students who are interested in IP should understand that the lack of a science or technical background does not disqualify one from being an IP lawyer.  Would-be patent attorneys (a subset of IP attorneys) must have a background in the sciences, engineering, or mathematics in order to sit for the patent bar exam, but other sub-specialties of IP do not have such a requirement.  Trademark law protects brands, and students with an interest or background in marketing may want to consider making this area of law a part of their practice.  Copyright law protects creative expression, and students with an interest or background in the arts, publishing, entertainment, or computer software might find this sub-specialty to be a good fit.

So where are the IP jobs?  The short answer is: all over.  Many large firms have IP practices, smaller IP boutiques specialize in the field, corporate legal departments increasingly seek IP expertise, and there are also some government positions available.  Students interested in doing patent prosecution work should consider IP boutiques or the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which has been expanding its hiring of patent examiners.  Large general practice firms have exited the patent prosecution market to a certain extent, in order to focus on major IP litigation and transactions.  In-house positions offer the ability to connect legal expertise with the business needs of a company on litigation, prosecution, and transactional matters.  Most companies require several years of legal experience before they will consider a candidate for an in-house position.

Geographically, IP work is not just in New York or California anymore (although these two jurisdictions continue to be major IP centers).  Other cities and regions, including Chicago , Houston, and major cities in the Northwest, Southeast, and Southwest, are experiencing growth in the IP practices of their major firms. Washington and northern Virginia are focal points for federal government work related to trademarks, patents, and copyrights.  And, of course, any region where there is a major corporate presence (including the northern suburbs of New York) should be a good market for in-house work. So, do your research, know your options, and explore this exciting field of law.

                                             -- Professor Horace Anderson


Intellectual Property Career Fairs  Return to top

Loyola University Chicago School of Law Patent Interview Program , Chicago, IL  
The 2008 Patent Program will take place from Thursday, July 31-Friday, August 1, 2008 at the Marriott Suites Hotel near Chicago’s O’Hare airport. 
This fair is open to law students across the nation who are interested in pursuing a career in patent law.  First- and second-year day students and first-, second- and third-year evening students are invited to attend the job fair to seek prospective summer associate and entry-level positions.  If you have an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering or a technical science, you may want to consider registering for the program.  If you are not eligible to sit for the patent bar, you should not register.  The program gives qualified students from across the country the opportunity to interview with patent law firms, as well as law firms, corporations, and government agencies with patent law departments.  This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, second and third year J.D. students and L.L.M. students with engineering and/or technical science academic backgrounds.  Last year 150 patent law employers, 140 accredited law schools and 1700 law students from across the country participated.  Employers prescreen and choose all of the students they interview.   On February 20th, students may register by clicking on “Students.”  The Law School pays a school registration fee; students are responsible for a nominal registration fee and travel expenses to Chicago.  Please contact the CCD for more information or email law-patentprogram@luc.edu with any questions.

Washington, DC

This Fair is held every October in Washington, DC.  Membership in AIPLA is mandatory for participation.  Application forms and more information can be found at www.aipla.org.

San Francisco, CA

This Fair is held every July in San Francisco, CA.  Registration is available in May, and the registration deadline is in June.  Membership in the San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association (SFIPLA) is mandatory; however, you do not need to be a resident of the San Francisco area in order to be a member.  For information on membership and the career fair, go to www.sfipla.com.








Upcoming Events and Programs  

Monday, February 4, 1-2pm C-101
How to Navigate the NYU Public Interest Career Fair  (http://its.law.nyu.edu/pilc/lcfs/)

Monday, February 4, 5-8pm, Outside the Cafeteria
Evening Counseling Table

Tuesday, February 5, 5-6pm C-02
How to Navigate the NYU Public Interest Career Fair (Video Re-screening)

Wednesday, February 6, 1-2pm, P-401 
How to Navigate the NYU Public Interest Career Fair (Video Re-screening)

Monday, February 11 – Friday, February 15, CCD 
Mock Interview Week (log onto https://law-pace-csm.symplicity.com/students/ and go to "Events"-->"Workshops" to register for a slot with a counselor)  

Monday, February 11, 6-7:30pm, Judicial Institute Lecture Hall 
The Use of the Search Firm in Your Job Search.  Please RSVP to Amy Gewirtz at agewirtz@law.pace.edu by February 7th. 

Tuesday, February 12, 5-6pm, C-01
Patent Bar Presentation 
If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least about two years of coursework) in engineering or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, some computer science degrees), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI's Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Bar Review Course. Topics for discussion include: information on the Patent Bar Exam; Scholarships to PLI's other IP programs.  For more information and other resources PLI offers, go to: www.patentbarreview.com or www.pli.edu.  

Monday, February 25, 5-6pm, C-101
Evening and Part-Time Students Program

Tuesday, February 26, 5-6pm, C-02
Mediation and Arbitration Careers Panel
Come learn about careers in alternative dispute resolution -- mediation and arbitration.  Esteemed Panelists:  Lucy Reed, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP; Prof. Jill Gross, Securities Arbitration Clinic, Pace Law School; Patricia Barnes, Asst. Ombuds, Pace University .

Thursday, February 28, 5-8pm, Outside the Cafeteria 
Evening Counseling Table

Upcoming Summer Fellowship & Internship Deadlines    
(See CCD Weekly email for complete list of Summer and Post-Graduate Fellowships)

Friday, February 15, Political Economy Research Center (PERC) Graduate Fellowships. Designed for graduate students and law students who are interested in researching issues related to natural resources and the environment. Graduate fellows spend three months at PERC in Bozeman, Montana, researching and writing a paper under the supervision of a PERC senior fellow. While there, fellows are required to present two to three seminars to outline, report on, and summarize their research findings. A paper of publishable quality is the expected result. Fellows receive a stipend and travel expenses. February is early decision deadline, otherwise deadline is in March. (http://www.perc.org/enviroprog/students/grad/basics.php)

Friday, February 29, Resources for the Future (RFF) Walter O.  Spofford, Jr. Memorial Internship. RFF, an independent nonprofit organization specializing in research, policy analysis, and public education on environmental, energy, and natural resource issues, has established this summer internship for graduate students with a special interest in Chinese environmental issues. Interns work in RFF’s office in Washington, DC and receive a $375/week stipend. (www.rff.org)

Rolling, Pennsylvania Legal Services Martin Luther King Jr. Summer Internship Program. Each summer, the Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network awards 10 paid internships to current first and second-year law students to participate in legal services work over the traditional 10-week summer internship period. (http://www.palegalservices.org/mlk_about.htm)

Rolling, Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) Summer Internships. CSPI is a national consumer organization that focuses on health and nutrition issues. CSPI offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. Generally, an internship is for ten weeks. Graduate interns are paid an hourly wage of $8.00/hour. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant's schedule. If you are interested in obtaining a summer internship at CSPI through the Everett Public Interest Internship Program, please indicate this on your cover letter. (See entry for Everett Program below.) (http://www.cspinet.org)

Rolling, Tyron Garner Memorial Fellowship for African-American LGBT Civil Rights. This fellowship will be awarded to a law student or recent law school graduate to work in any of Lambda Legal’s five offices during the summer of 2008. (www.nalp.org/content/index.php?pid=55 or visit the NALP website www.nalp.org and see Resource Center – Diversity - Diversity Initiatives)

Various, Everett Public Service Internship Program. The Everett Program funds summer internships at the Washington, D.C. and New York City offices of the public service organizations listed on their website. Applicants must be current undergraduate or graduate students attending a United States university. Internships are for ten weeks. Applicants apply directly to each organization; there is no general application for the Everett Program. (www.everttinternships.org)

Various, Appleseed Fellowship Program. Appleseed, a non-profit network of 16 public interest justice centers, is seeking first and second year law student fellows for its national office in Washington, D.C. as well as for its Centers for Law and Justice located throughout the country. Summer fellows work full-time for ten weeks. (www.appleseeds.net)

Various, Environmental Careers Organization. Visit website to search for short- term internships at various environmental organizations and government agencies. (www.eco.org)

Pace Law School, Center for  Career Development,   (914) 422-4217   www.law.pace.edu