2013 Patent Law Interview Program: Law Student Information
The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2013 Patent Law Interview Program will be held onThursday, August 1 & Friday, August 2 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.
Each year roughly 1,500 law students register for the program, submit their resumes, and bid on interviews with the nation-wide employers that interest them. The program is entirely employer selected - which means that participating employers review the resumes submitted to them and choose the law students they are interested in interviewing at the program. Roughly half of the students registered for the program are selected for interviews each year.
STUDENT REGISTRATION FOR THE 2013 PATENT LAW INTERVIEW PROGRAM IS NOW CLOSED.
LATE REGISTRATIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.
Questions about Patent Bar eligibility? Consult the USPTO's General Requirements Bulletin.
First, students register for the program online. Each student's law school then verifies the student's graduation date and status as a student in good standing. Once the verification is complete, all qualified students are given a Patent Symplicity account for bidding on interviews at the Patent Law Interview Program.
Once registered students have access to the Patent Symplicity site, they upload their resume and bid on the participating employers in which they are interested. The employers review the resumes submitted to them and select the students they wish to interview and alternate students to be scheduled in the event of cancellations or no-shows. Once the employers have selected the students they wish to interview, Symplicity generates interview schedules, which will be available on Symplicity on June 24. After a brief cancellation period, Symplicity will schedule students chosen by the employers as alternates into any interview slots opened up as the result of cancellations. Final interview schedules will be available on Symplicity on June 28.
Students who have been selected for interviews must register on-site at the interview hotel (Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront) either the evening before their interview (4:00 pm - 7:00 pm) or the morning of their interviews (7:30 am - 8:30 am). The on-site registration requirement is MANDATORY and we will make no exceptions.
Students need only register once on-site to be considered registered for interviews on both days. Students who have not registered by 8:30 am on Thursday, August 1 will have all of their Thursday slots given to alternates; students who still have not registered by 8:30 am on Friday, August 2 will have all of their Friday interview slots given to alternates.
Alternate scheduling will take place in the registration room at 8:30 am each day, and all students selected as alternates who are interested in being scheduled for empty interview slots resulting from no-shows must be present in the registration room at that time.
Only law students are eligible to participate in the Patent Law Interview Program. It is not required that students be patent bar eligible to register for the program; however, many employers require patent bar eligibility as a qualification for bidding on interviews, and most employers strongly prefer patent bar eligible students. For more information on eligibility for the patent bar, please refer to the General Requirements Bulletin from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The 2013 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from:
- JD students graduating in May/June 2014 (3Ls)
- JD students graduating in May/June 2015 (2Ls)
- JD students graduating in December 2013/January 2014 (3Ls)
- JD students graduating in December 2014/January 2015 (2Ls)
- Students in Intellectual Property LLM programs with anticipated graduation dates in 2014 and 2015
Students who will graduate before the program is held in August 2013 and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2015 are not eligible for the 2013 Patent Law Interview Program.
Student registration will be handled online again this year. Student registration will begin online onMonday, February 11 and end on Monday, March 4. Please be sure to register before the deadline as we will not be able to accept any late registrations!
There is a $35 registration fee for students. The student registration fee is NON-REFUNDABLE. Some schools opt to pay the registration fee for their students. Check with the career services office at your law school to determine whether or not you will need to pay the registration fee. If your law school does not pay the registration fee, you will need to pay the $35 fee with a credit card to complete your online registration.
Students should not make airline reservations before learning of their final interview schedules on June 28, as the interview schedules are subject to change up to that date. Please also note that any travel plans you make must accommodate the on-site registration requirement. Because you must register by 8:30 am on the day of your interviews, we do not recommend flying in the morning of your interviews. Even a short delay could cause you to miss on-site registration and forfeit all of your interviews for that day.
When making travel plans, please also bear in mind that there will be a cocktail reception at the interview hotel on Thursday, August 1 from 5:30 pm until 7:00 pm for all participating law students and employers. This is an excellent networking opportunity, and we encourage all students to arrange their travel schedule to attend the reception.
Please contact the Patent Law Interview Program Liaison at your law school with any questions.
Click here for a complete list of law school liaisons.
|Monday, February 11||Student Registration Begins|
|Monday, March 4||Deadline for Student Registration|
|Monday, April 15||Students receive Symplicity passwords/bidding instructions|
|Tuesday, April 16||Student Bidding Begins|
|Thursday, May 2||Deadline for Student Bidding|
|Monday, June 24||Initial interview schedules available on Symplicity|
|Monday, June 24 - Wednesday, June 26||Interview Cancellation Period|
|Friday, June 28||Final Schedules available on Symplicity|
|Thursday, August 1 & Friday, August 2||2013 Patent Law Interview Program|