Who are we?
Vivacqua Crane PLLC is a full service boutique Intellectual Property law firm located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We have a team of seasoned attorneys specializing in patents, trademarks, and copyrights. Our veteran team has more experience than attorneys in most other law firms in the country. We serve clients ranging from startups to multinational corporations. With one-third of our professionals having a diverse background, Vivacqua Crane is a legitimate champion of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
What is the job?
We are seeking students and graduates with technical backgrounds, majors, or degrees in science (including but not limited to computer science, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering). This position provides an exciting opportunity to learn about Intellectual Property Law (“IP law”) from seasoned IP professionals in a leading law firm.
What is IP Law?
IP law is an intriguing combination of technology, law, and business. Technological innovations are the heart and soul of leading corporations around the globe. Within one generation, the world has seen smartphones, autonomous vehicles, life-saving medical devices, the Internet of Things, and so on take hold of our society. Patent practitioners are integral members of teams that bring these innovations to society. More specifically, patent practitioners protect the investments into R&D that make today’s bleeding edge of technology possible. Without IP law, competitors could rampantly copy the innovations of other companies, which would in turn leaving little opportunity for those companies to recoup their substantial investments in R&D and little motivation for those companies to create future innovations. Furthermore, patent law is an ever-changing and complex specialty in law. This specialty is ideal for people who love technology and thrive on challenges. While a scientific mind and an aptitude for legal analysis are the foundation for successful patent practitioners, trusted patent professionals also appreciate the client’s business objectives and can advise on best practical strategies to advance clients toward those objectives.
What are the duties?
The primary duties will be learning about patent law, or more accurately the preparation and prosecution of patent applications. (Most new IP attorneys spend their first few years of practice being trained to handle preparation and prosecution.) Training in other aspects of IP law may become available depending on the intern’s performance.
- Major or technical degree in science, preferably any engineering or computer science
- Motivated applicants with a genuine enthusiasm for challenges, technology, the law, and business