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Patent Program

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 2020 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 23 & Friday, July 24 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 N. Columbus Drive in downtown Chicago.

2019 Participating Employers | 2020 Registered Law Schools

Each year over 1,000 law students register for the program, submit their application materials, and apply for interviews with the nation-wide employers that interest them. The program is entirely employer selected - which means that participating employers review the materials 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.

If your firm is interested in receiving information about the Patent Law Interview Program, please email us at Law-PatentProgram@luc.edu and asked to be added to our mailing list.

Law School Information

Law School Registration

Law school registration for the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program is now open and will end on January 31. Registration is free for law schools, but please note that your students will not be able to register for the program if your law school is not signed up.

Student Registration & Fees
Online student registration will begin on February 3 and end on March 6 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Please stress to your students the importance of registering by the deadline as we will not be able to accept any late student registrations. Every year we hear from many disappointed students who miss the deadline. We ask for your help in publicizing this opportunity to your students early and often!

The student registration fee for the Patent Law Interview Program is $40 per student. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid via credit card at the time of registration.

Contact Information
The Patent Law Interview Program staff can be reached at law-patentprogram@luc.edu.

Important Dates & Deadlines for Law Schools & Law Students

Law School Registration Begins

January 13

Law School Registration Deadline

January 31

Student Registration Begins

February 3

Student Registration Deadline

March 6 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Students Receive Access to PIPER

March 20

Student Bidding Begins

March 23

Student Bidding Deadline

April 14 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Employer Selections Available to Students

May 27

Student Accept/Decline Period

May 27 - June 12

Schedules Available to Students

June 19

Student Cancellation Period

June 19 - July 20

2020 Patent Law Interview Program

July 23 & 24, 2020

Law Student Information

Student Registration
Student registration for the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program is now open.

The registration deadline is 11:59 p.m. CST on March 6, 2020.

The student registration fee for the Patent Law Interview Program is $40 per student. This fee is non-refundable and must be paid via credit card at the time of registration. Some schools cover the registration fee for their students, so be sure to check in with your career services office before registering.

Student Eligibility
Only law students are eligible to participate in the Patent Law Interview Program. Law graduates and practicing attorneys are not eligible to participate.
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 applying for 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 2020 Patent Law Interview Program will be accepting registrations from:

  • JD students graduating in May/June 2021 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in May/June 2022 (2Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2020/January 2021 (3Ls)
  • JD students graduating in December 2021/January 2022 (2Ls)

Students who will graduate before the program is held in July 2020 and students who plan to graduate after May/June 2022 are not eligible for the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program.

How the Program Works

  1. Student Registration: Students register for the program via the online registration form and pay the registration fee.
  2. Accessing PIPER: Registered students are given an account for PIPER, the online system used to administer the Patent Law Interview Program.
  3. Student Application Period: Students upload application materials, review participating employers and hiring criteria, and apply to employers.
  4. Employer Selection Period: Employers review the materials 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.
  5. Student Decision Period: Students access PIPER to see which employers, if any, have invited them to interview at the program or added them to an alternate list. During this time period, students are able to accept or decline each interview invitation and alternate status via PIPER.
  6. Interview Schedules Created: PIPER generates interview schedules, which will be available on June 19.
  7. Student Cancellation Period: Students who wish to cancel one or more of their scheduled interviews may do so from June 19 until July 20. During that time, PIPER will schedule students chosen by the employers as alternates into any interview slots opened up as the result of cancellation.
  8. Patent Law Interview Program: Students who have been selected for interviews attend the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24.

Hotel & Travel Information
Additional information about reserving hotel rooms at a special rate will be provided to registered students prior to the Patent Law Interview Program this summer.

When making travel plans, students should also bear in mind that some law firms choose to hold receptions on either Wednesday evening or Thursday evening. These receptions are an excellent networking opportunity, and we encourage all students to arrange their travel schedule to take advantage of these opportunities.

Contact Information
Please contact the Patent Law Interview Program Liaison at your law school with any questions.

Important Dates & Deadlines for Law Students

Student Registration Begins

February 3

Student Registration Deadline

March 6 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Students Receive Access to PIPER

March 20

Student Bidding Begins

March 23

Student Bidding Deadline

April 14 @ 11:59 p.m. CST

Employer Selections Available to Students

May 27

Student Decision Period

May 27 - June 12

Interview Schedules Available to Students

June 19

Student Cancellation Period

June 19 – July 20

2020 Patent Law Interview Program

July 23 & 24, 2020

Employer Information

Employer Registration
Employer registration for the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program will take place from February 5 - March 13, 2020. If your firm is interested in participating for the first time this year, please email us at Law-PatentProgram@luc.edu to be added to our email list for program announcements.

How the Program Works

  1. Employers register on PIPER: 
    Employers complete the online registration form. When registering, employers will sign up for one or more interview schedules on Thursday, July 23 and/or Friday, July 24 and will also have the option to sign up for a Hospitality Suite. Additionally, employers will designate which offices they are interviewing for, which technical backgrounds they are interested in, and what their hiring criteria are. Employer registration will take place from February 5, 2020 – March 13, 2020.

  2. Students submit their application materials:
    Participating law students see this information and have the opportunity to apply for interviews with participating firms by submitting their materials to up to 50 potential employers.

  3. Employers select students to interview at the program:
    On April 22, employers will be able to see the application materials of all students who have applied to them. Our program is an entirely employer selected program – which means that employers choose all of the students they wish to interview based on student materials. After reviewing the materials, employers select 16 students per interview schedule and up to 16 alternates per interview schedule. Alternates are students to be added to the interview schedule in the event of any student cancellations. Employer selections must be submitted in PIPER by 11:59 pm CST on May 21.

  4. Students accept or decline their interviews and alternate list spots:
    From May 27 - June 12, students will view their interview and alternate invitations in PIPER and will have the option to accept or decline each invitation. Students will be allowed to accept a maximum of 30 interviews. When an interview slot is declined by a student, that slot will be offered to a candidate on the firm's alternate list.

  5. Interview schedules are created:
    Based on the students' decisions, interview schedules will be created and will be available on PIPER on June 19.

  6. Employers confirm their number of interview schedules/hospitality suites.
    We realize that employers may wish to make changes to the number of interview schedules they are registered for based on the quantity and quality of student applications that they receive. Therefore, employers will be able to make changes to their registrations in PIPER until May 21. Changes to interview rooms and/or hospitality suites will not be allowed after May 21.

  7. Employers attend the 2020 Patent Law Interview Program
    The interview program takes place on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24. Interviews run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Each interview is 20 minutes long with 5 minute breaks between interviews. There is a lunch break each day from 12:45 – 2:00 p.m.

Employer Fees

  • Program Registration Fee: $700
    The program registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Interview Room/Schedule: $800
    Interview rooms include overnight accommodations for the night before the interviews as well as breakfast and lunch on the day of the interviews. Each interview schedule can accommodate up to 16 candidates, and schedules can be organized based on geographic location, technical background or practice area.
  • Hospitality Suite: $800
    Employers interested in meeting with more than just the students they select often choose to host a hospitality suite for all students attending the program. The hospitality suite will be a corner king room adjacent to the employer’s interview room(s). Employers typically bring one or more attorneys or recruiting professionals to staff the hospitality suite and interact with students in a more casual setting than an interview. Hospitality Suites include overnight accommodations for the night before as well as breakfast and lunch on the day of the program.

Overnight Accommodations
Interview rooms and hospitality suites include overnight accommodations for one person for the night before (i.e. Wednesday night before a Thursday interview schedule). When registering, employers will be able to indicate whether or not their interviewer will also require overnight accommodations for the night after the interviews (i.e. Thursday night after a Thursday interview schedule).

A link for booking additional overnight accommodations at the Embassy Suites at a group rate will be provided to registered employers in May/June.

Resume Collect
Employers who are not able to attend the program but wish to receive resumes from interested students can sign up for a resume collect. In response to an employer’s stated needs and hiring criteria, students submit application materials and the employer receives a PDF application packet. The fee for a Patent Law Interview Program resume collect is $400. To request a resume collect, please register for PIPER and follow the prompts to post a job on our system.

Contact Information
The Patent Law Interview Program staff can be reached at Law-PatentProgram@luc.edu.

 

Important Dates & Deadlines for Employers

Employer Registration Begins

February 5

Employer Registration Deadline

March 13

Student Application Period Opens

March 23

Student Application Deadline

April 14

Employers Receive Access to Student Materials

April 22

Employer Selections Due

May 21

Student Decision Period

May 27 - June 12

Invoices Sent to Employers

June 3

Schedules Released to Students & Employers

June 19

Student Cancellation Period

June 19 - July 20

Employer Payments Due

July 15

2020 Patent Law Interview Program

July 23 & 24, 2020

Location

Philip H. Corboy Law Center
25 E. Pearson St.
Suite 1301
Chicago, IL 60611

Contact Us

Phone: 312.915.7160
Fax: 312.915.7194
Email: law-career@luc.edu

Office Hours

Mondays - Fridays:
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Appointments outside of regular hours may be scheduled upon request.