You could focus on using IP to help artists with trademark and copyright issues. You could use IP to help scientists and inventors. You could be a litigator or transactional attorney that handles valuable IP cases. IP offers many different career paths.

Is a science background required for an IP career?

No. A STEM background is not required for an IP career. A science background may be relevant if you want to draft patent applications and otherwise communicate with the US Patent office. However, there are IP attorneys focused exclusively on non-patent issues as well as those without a science background who successfully litigate patent issues

Can I become a successful IP attorney as a Loyola alum?

Yes! Loyola IP alumni have a strong history of success, including:

  • Judges at the Federal Circuit Court of appeals (exclusive appellate case for patent disputes),and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
  • In-house counsel at major companies such as SXSW, Hewlett Packard, Motorola, Abbott, Kellogg’s, and Qualcomm
  • Lawyers at national firms such as Bryan Cave, Foley & Lardner, Jones Day, K& L Gates, McDermott Will & Emery, Morgan Lewis, Nixon Peabody LLP, Ropes & Gray, Sidley & Austin, Steptoe & Johnson, Barnes & Thornburg, and Cozen O’Connor
  • Lawyers at IP boutiques such as Banner & Witcoff, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Marshall Gerstein, McAndrews Held & Malloy, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff, Miller, Matthias & Hull, Norvell IP, Partridge Partners, Patishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hillard & Geraldson
  • Judicial clerks at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals as well as United States District Courts

Can I gain IP experience as a Loyola law student?

Yes! Loyola students obtain IP experience at law firms, companies, and organizations. Prior students have obtained IP experience at the following places:

  • Companies such as Abbvie, Motorola, Jockey and Modelez (formerly part of Kraft Foods)
  • Organizations such as Lawyers for the Creative Arts and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
  • Law firms including Finnegan,Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner; Holland & Knight, Ice Miller, Snell & Wilmer, as well as other firms noted above where students became permanent attorneys