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Dorsey & Whitney LLP Patent Technical Intern (Spring 2024) in Salt Lake City, Utah

Patent Technical Intern (Spring 2024)

We are seeking aPatent Technical Internin our Salt Lake City office. In this role, you will assist the Patent Group attorneys with domestic patent applications, including technical research and analysis with respect to matters pending before the U.S. Patent Office. This is a great internship opportunity for a recent college graduate, junior, or senior majoring in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, or Electrical Engineering with an interest in patents and the law generally. Hands-on training regarding patent prosecution and related work will be provided.

Responsibilities include a range of ad-hoc requests, legal research projects, analyzing technical references, and drafting patent documentation (e.g., applications and responses to examination reports).

This internship includes a competitive hourly wage and is intended as a part-time Spring position (approximately 10-25 hours per week) with potential for a full-time Summer position. This position is hybrid and will require on-site attendance on a weekly basis.

Key Responsibilities Include:

  • Research U.S. Patent Office requirements and regulations.

  • Analyze references cited by the U.S. Patent Office during examination of U.S. patent applications.

  • Respond to Office Actions from the U.S. Patent Office for patent applications.

  • Review technical papers from inventors.

  • Prepare patent applications based on information from inventors.

  • Prepare patent claim charts.

  • Conduct due diligence on patent families.

  • Conduct due diligence on IP security agreements.

  • Other research projects.

What we’re looking for:

  • Recent graduate, Junior, or Senior working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, Electrical Engineering; recent graduates who are within 6 months of graduation are also eligible to apply.

  • Strong organizational skills.

  • Fervent attention to detail and accuracy.

  • Problem solving prowess.

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative when necessary.

  • Experience in Microsoft Office suite (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access and Word).

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

About Dorsey:

Dorsey & Whitney is an AmLaw 100 international law firm with more than 575 lawyers in 21 offices throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. We are a premier legal counselor to companies worldwide in a wide range of industries, including banking & financial institutions; development & infrastructure; energy & natural resources; food, beverage & agribusiness; healthcare & life sciences; and technology.

Dorsey values the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive workplace. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. We believe that everyone should feel at home and part of our community. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.

One of our greatest strengths is a friendly, cooperative culture that values and appreciates each individual. Dorsey has received external recognition for our welcoming workplace, including:

  • Mansfield Certification Plus (Diversity Lab)

  • Best Law Firms for Women (National Association of Female Executives and Flex-Time Lawyers)

  • 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index (Human Rights Campaign)

  • Gold Standard Certification (Women in Law Empowerment Forum)

  • Top 100 Adoption-Friendly Workplace (Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption)

Reasonable Accommodations:

Dorsey is committed to providing disability and religious-based reasonable accommodations, as well as pregnancy or lactation-related reasonable accommodations. If you require a reasonable accommodation during the application and hiring process, or if you have questions about a workplace reasonable accommodation, please contact us at 612-492-5178.

How to Apply:

Dorsey & Whitney LLP accepts online applications. Please go to the “Careers” section of the Dorsey website at and complete Dorsey’s online application form. We are unable to accept application materials by mail or email.

Dorsey & Whitney LLP is an EEO/AAP/Disabled Vets Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.

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