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Lateral Associate

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About MBHB
McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP "MBHB" provides creative, pragmatic IP business solutions for Fortune 100 companies, mid-sized companies, startups, and academic institutions. Our clients entrust their legal issues and plans to our knowledgeable, principled professionals who have their best interests in mind. At MBHB, the legal and scientific credentials of our professionals are first rate. 100% of the firm's attorneys and technical advisors hold science or engineering degrees and nearly 50% hold Ph.D.s or other advanced degrees.

Associate Credentials
  • A technical background in one of the following areas: computer science, engineering, biotechnology, and/or chemistry:
    • For biotech and chemistry candidates, an advanced degree is highly preferred
    • For CS and engineering candidates, experience in the field of AI/machine learning is preferred
  • 2+ years of experience in the area of intellectual property/patent law
  • Licensed to practice law in Illinois (or licensed to practice in another state and qualified to sit for the Illinois bar exam)
  • Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills
How to Apply
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, all applicable transcripts, and a writing sample
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
MBHB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other protected group status under the law. MBHB is an Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with regulations adopted by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Summer Associate

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About MBHB
As a summer associate at MBHB, you will spend 10 weeks learning about the practice of law. MBHB's summer program encourages hands-on participation in client work, managed by partner-mentors throughout the program. A summer associate might work on a patent application, assist in drafting a freedom-to-operate opinion, attend a client presentation, complete legal research for a pleading, or write a blog post or snippets article over the course of their summer. Not only will you earn invaluable experience during your summer, but you'll also have the opportunity to get to know your colleagues at social events.

Summer Associate Credentials
  • A technical background in one of the following areas: computer science, engineering, biotechnology, and/or chemistry:
    • For biotech and chemistry candidates, an advanced degree and/or industry experience is highly preferred
    • For CS and engineering candidates, experience in the field of AI/machine learning is preferred
  • Eligible to take the patent bar
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills
How to Apply
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, all applicable transcripts, and a writing sample
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
MBHB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other protected group status under the law. MBHB is an Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with regulations adopted by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Technical Advisor/Patent Agent (Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering)

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About MBHB
As a Technical Advisor or Patent Agent at MBHB, you will work with our attorneys to take on complex challenges, develop patent strategies for clients, conduct prior art searches, prepare and file patent applications, and support the preparation of legal opinions, while leveraging your expertise to shape our law practice.
 
Technical Advisor/Patent Agent Credentials
  • BS, MS, Ph.D., or equivalent in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or a related discipline
  • Experience and expertise in artificial intelligence, including AI-based software tools such as neural networks, natural language processing, or machine learning, and/or AI-related applications such as robotics or autonomous vehicles
  • No legal training or experience is necessary
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills
MBHB's Law Clerk Program
As a technical advisor or patent agent at MBHB, you also have the opportunity to apply to our Law Clerk Program, should you choose to pursue the path of attending law school and becoming an IP attorney. With tuition reimbursement and a reduced hours requirement, our law clerks can attend classes while continuing to gain experience in the field of IP law.
 
How to Apply
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, all applicable transcripts, and a writing sample
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
MBHB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other protected group status under the law. MBHB is an Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with regulations adopted by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Technical Advisor/Patent Agent (Life Sciences)

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About MBHB
As a Technical Advisor or Patent Agent at MBHB, you will work with our attorneys to take on complex challenges, develop patent strategies for clients, conduct prior art searches, prepare and file patent applications, and support the preparation of legal opinions, while leveraging your expertise to shape our law practice.
 
Technical Advisor/Patent Agent Credentials
  • Life Sciences Technical Advisor candidates must have a Master's Degree or Ph.D. in biology, biotechnology, chemistry, or a related discipline
  • Research and/or industry experience in your field is highly preferred
  • No legal training or experience is necessary
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Innovative thinking and creative problem-solving skills
MBHB's Law Clerk Program
As a technical advisor or patent agent at MBHB, you also have the opportunity to apply to our Law Clerk Program, should you choose to pursue the path of attending law school and becoming an IP attorney. With tuition reimbursement and a reduced hours requirement, our law clerks can attend classes while continuing to gain experience in the field of IP law.
 
How to Apply
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, all applicable transcripts, and a writing sample
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
MBHB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other protected group status under the law. MBHB is an Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with regulations adopted by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.

Trademarks Assistant

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McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, a Chicago-based, full-service intellectual property law firm, is seeking a Trademarks Assistant. This role works closely with our team of attorneys, technical advisors, patent agents, and support staff to provide a high level of service to our clients.
 
Candidates do not need previous experience in a law firm or working with trademarks or the USPTO. We are seeking a candidate who is a fast learner and who has excellent technical, customer service, and organizational skills. This is a great opportunity for someone considering law school!
 
Essential Job Functions
  • Assist in drafting correspondence to clients regarding the status of trademarks
  • Review and manage files and docket for deadlines; understand docket deadlines and action needed on each file
  • Assist with electronic filing with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Act as a point of contact for clients, ensuring accuracy and completeness of information
  • Assist with client billing, invoice review, edits, and finalization
  • Assist practice support team with overflow and coverage as needed
  • Other tasks as assigned
Knowledge/Skills/Abilities Required
  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and other software including timekeeping software and Adobe Acrobat
  • Proficiency with electronic research tools and databases and a demonstrated ability to learn and implement new software and technology
  • Excellent organizational skills:
    • Superior attention to detail
    • Ability to manage a high volume of work in a fast-paced environment; works well under pressure
    • Meets deadlines and prioritizes tasks efficiently based on competing deadlines
    • Works independently and takes initiative to move projects to completion
  • Excellent client service skills:
    • Effective written and oral communication skills
    • Strong client service orientation with a positive attitude
    • Strong sense of accountability, taking ownership over projects and responsibilities and resolving issues proactively
    • Ability to assess information, anticipate issues and outcomes, and make effective decisions
  • Respectful, reliable and dependable team player who will work productively with firm personnel at all levels and with minimal supervision
  • Must be flexible with work hours and overtime as needed
MBHB offers a collegial and collaborative work environment, a competitive benefits package, and work-from-home flexibility.
 
How to Apply
  • Please submit your cover letter, resume, transcripts, and a writing sample
  • Incomplete applications will not be considered
 
MBHB is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other protected group status under the law. MBHB is an Affirmative Action - Equal Opportunity Employer in accordance with regulations adopted by the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities.