Philadelphia Summer Program

“The Philadelphia office is relaxed and welcoming, and everyone went out of their way to help me. I worked on various projects, including several that made use of my background in organic chemistry, such as determining the scope of a genus claim that encompassed a large class of chemical structures, and summarizing a patent application's disclosures relating to over 250 chemical structures and their biological activities. Everyone, including partners, associates, and support staff, were always very friendly, helpful, and professional.

I worked on various types of projects during the summer, including drafting responses to Office Actions, performing legal research, assisting with a firm blog post, reviewing the prosecution history of US patents, and searching for licensing opportunities for a portfolio of patents.”

- Travis Gasa, 2017 Philadelphia Summer Associate, Villanova University School of Law

The Philadelphia Summer Program includes first- and second-year law students and is the primary source for recruiting entry-level associates to our office. The majority of our business in the Philadelphia office is technical in nature, and we encourage interested law students with an undergraduate degree in a technical field (i.e. Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, etc.) OR a life science undergraduate degree as well as an MS or Ph.D. in the areas of Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Organic Chemistry, etc. to apply.

Participants in our unique program enjoy an experience that serves as an introduction to the excitement and intricacies of patent law. Our summer associates do real work for real clients, working closely with attorneys in all aspects of case management, such as drafting patent applications, assisting in patent litigation trial preparation, participating in interviews with inventors, and much more.

Throughout the summer, we offer legal training sessions and patent skills seminars, which provide summer associates excellent learning opportunities. The Philadelphia summer program ensures that summer associates experience a wide range of cultural and social activities the city has to offer. Some of the summer highlights include a Phillies baseball game, bowling night with the associates, a Segway tour of the city, lunch mixers, and an end-of-the-summer dinner with the partners.

   Recruiting Contact  

Grace Keller
Recruiting Manager