Kowert, Hood, Munyon, Rankin & Goetzel, P.C. (KHMRG) is a nationally recognized law firm that is seeking electrical engineers, computer engineers, or computer scientists who are interested in embarking on a career in patent prosecution. KHMRG prepares patent applications for some of the largest companies in the world, and is looking for a technical advisor to train under the firm’s patent attorneys and patent agents. For more information about our firm, please visit our website, www.intprop.com.
We have positions for May 2021 graduates that are open for immediate employment, but we are also interested in talking to December 2021 or May 2022 graduates as well.
Patent prosecution is an interdisciplinary field that lies at the intersection of technology, law, and writing. Candidates are expected to have an exemplary technical background and be able to quickly learn new technologies and make distinctions between past approaches and proposed innovations. Because the position has a large writing component, an interest and aptitude in technical writing is essential. For individuals that are interested in constantly being exposed to a variety of leading-edge technologies, we offer an intellectually challenging career opportunity in a field that is extremely marketable.
After hiring, candidates will be taught the relevant areas of patent law as well as given training with respect to patent application drafting. New hires are expected, within one year, to take and pass the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s patent registration exam in order to become a patent agent. Daily tasks include initial meetings with engineers and computer scientists, preparing patent application drafts, responding to communications from the U.S. Patent Office, calls with patent examiners, communicating with clients’ in-house attorneys, and advising international firms regarding patent applications in other jurisdictions.
For candidates with a computer engineering or electrical engineering degree, we are interested in individuals with experience or coursework in computer architecture (including system architecture, microprocessor architecture, and GPU architecture) and/or digital and analog circuit design. For candidates with a computer science degree, classwork in operating systems, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and distributed systems is desirable. Positive experiences and excellent grades in courses in these areas strongly correlate with success at our firm.
We offer competitive starting salaries and merit-based increases based on individual performance.
Candidates are asked to submit a cover letter expressing why they are interested in the position, a resume, an unofficial academic transcript, and a writing sample.