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Training & Benefits

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Training & Career Development

As a firm that serves the most innovative clients and influential industry leaders around the globe, we are committed to providing a training and career development platform that rises above the rest. Our firm culture values early responsibility and collaboration at all levels. This approach is engrained in our firm and is supplemented with a unique training curriculum that prioritizes interactive programs, multi-day training emersion courses and practical skill development.

Group Leader System

We have a unique Group Leader system to ensure that each Associate and Technology Specialist receive access to varied work opportunities, formal feedback through the firm’s semi-annual review process, and a local mentor in their practice group. Group Leaders play a critical role in supporting our legal talent.

Start Strong: Fish First Year Information

Each year we host a firm-wide program designed to support the orientation and integration for junior legal staff. Known as “Fish-FYI”, the program emphasizes information to support new legal staff such as introductions to firm leadership as well as sessions on docket management, research support, and firm financials.

Learning-by-Doing

We offer innovative training programs that simulate real client work in an environment designed for learning. For example, our Patent practice provides a one-of-a-kind, 2.5 day intensive training program that covers claim drafting, patent application drafting, inventor interviews and response drafting. The program is entirely interactive with hands-on exercises lead by Fish’s senior principals who offer plenty of detailed feedback. Interspersed with team building opportunities, participants rave about “patent boot camp” for career development.

Our litigation training programs blend instruction using the time tested NITA learning-by-doing method. Fish principals serve as faculty to enhance instruction and focus directly our unique client needs. In addition, Fish University provides regular videoconference training series as well as e-learning opportunities for training when you need it most.

Benefits

Fish is committed to providing generous benefits for employees and their families, from life insurance, medical and dental plans, optional flexible spending accounts, to global travel assistance.

  • Medical and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance
  • Health and dental insurance, including domestic partner coverage
  • 401(k) plan for Associates (immediate eligibility)
  • 401(k) profit-sharing plan with a firm contribution (for non-Associates)
  • Flexible spending accounts for medical and dependent care
  • Transportation expense plan for parking and transit
  • Insurance including long-term disability, term life and AD&D
  • Voluntary dependent life insurance
  • Benefits for parents including parental leave, parental leave phased hours program, Milk Stork and back-up childcare
  • Employee assistance program
  • 12 paid holidays a year
  • Health care advocacy
  • Worldwide emergency travel assistance

Policies for new legal staff

State bar membership

Lateral hires are given paid time off and billable goal reductions to take the bar exams for their local jurisdictions after they have started work. The cost of the exam, one review course and state bar fees are also covered by the firm.

We cover the cost for mandatory state bar fees in the jurisdiction in which our attorneys reside and work for the firm. We also pay Virginia bar dues for attorneys in our Washington, DC, office who practice on behalf of our firm on a regular basis in the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

State bar exam for law school graduates

New law school graduates receive reimbursement for one bar review course and bar registration fees for the bar in the state in which the graduate will reside and work for our firm. These graduates are also eligible for a $10,000 salary advance to assist with expenses while studying for the bar exam.

Patent bar

Certain positions at the firm require attorneys to take the USPTO Patent Agent examination.  We allow paid time off for employees who are required by the firm to take the USPTO Patent Agent exam after they have started work.

Moving expense reimbursement

We pay for relocation expenses for new attorneys from outside the areas in which they will practice, including a house-hunting trip, subject to our relocation policy.

Please contact the local office Legal Recruiting Administrator for questions related to the above policies.

Current Legal Openings

 
 

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1L Summer Associate

Southern California, Washington, D.C., Boston, Delaware, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Houston, Twin Cities, Atlanta, New York, Austin

We require excellent academic credentials, superior writing ability, and a scientific or technical degree.  Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

1L Diversity Fellowship Program

Southern California, Washington, D.C., Boston, Delaware, Dallas, Silicon Valley, Houston, Twin Cities, Atlanta, New York, Austin

Fish is seeking first-year law students in good standing at ABA accredited law schools. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the firm and legal community. Please provide completed Application Form, directed personal statement, undergraduate transcript, legal writing sample, and a list of references with your resume to Fellowship@fr.com. Applications will be accepted through January 4, 2019. Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Austin

JD 2015-2017 – Degree and strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, or closely related field. 2-3 years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Atlanta

Strong background in applied mathematics or computer science, and experience with AI, machine learning, or data science. Advanced degree and USPTO registration preferred, but not required. Excellent technical writing skills and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Southern California, Atlanta, New York, Austin

Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or closely related field. 2-4 years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Washington, D.C.

JD 2017 – Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related field. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills are required. 1 year of patent litigation experience required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Washington, D.C.

JD 2013-2015 – Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, or closely related field. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills are required. 3-5 years of patent litigation experience required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Dallas, Silicon Valley

Strong telecommunications background and degree in electrical engineering. 2+ years of patent prosecution experience preferred. Ideal candidate will be proficient in English and Chinese languages. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Dallas, Silicon Valley

Strong background in electrical engineering or computer science, and experience with blockchain, AI and security work. 2+ years of patent prosecution experience preferred. Mandarin language required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Dallas

JD 2011-2013 – Degree and strong background in electrical engineering and at least 5 years of patent litigation experience required. Semiconductor experience is a plus. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Staff Attorney

Dallas

3+ years of experience and a strong academic background in computer science or electrical engineering. Will also consider candidates with other technical backgrounds who have experience in the CS/EE areas of patent litigation. Excellent writing skills required.  Previous industry experience is a plus. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Dallas

JD 2013-2015 – Degree and strong background in computer science or electrical engineering. Will also consider candidates with a mechanical engineering degree or other closely related technical background who have applicable industry experience in the computer/software area. Ideal candidate will have 3+ years of experience in patent litigation. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Delaware

JD 2010-2014 – Degree and strong background in computer science or electrical engineering. Will also consider candidates with other technical backgrounds who have applicable industry experience in the computer science/electrical engineering areas of IP litigation. Ideal candidate will have 4+ years of experience. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Patent Litigation Associate

Delaware

JD 2010-2014 – Degree and strong background in a life science discipline. Ideal candidate will have 4+ years of experience. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Boston

Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or closely related field. Prior experience with robotics, autonomous vehicles, or wireless network communications is a plus. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills required. 1-4 years of patent prosecution experience and experience handling a prosecution docket strongly preferred. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Boston

JD 2014-2017 – Strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, physics, applied mathematics, or closely related field. Prior experience with robotics, autonomous vehicles, or wireless network communications is a plus. Excellent academic credentials, writing skills, and client interfacing skills required. 1-4 years of patent prosecution experience and experience handling a prosecution docket strongly preferred. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Attorney/Trainee

Munich

Our Munich office is seeking talented patent attorney trainees and patent attorneys with strong English skills to join our team. A PhD or Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science is preferred, but a passion for patent law is required. Qualified candidates should provide their transcripts and a writing sample with their resume.

Our Data Protection Notice for the Munich office informs you about the processing of your personal information by Fish & Richardson P.C.

Technology Specialist

Munich

Our Munich office is seeking talented engineers and scientists with strong English skills to join our team. A PhD or Master’s degree in Engineering or Computer Science is preferred, but a passion for patent law is required. Qualified candidates should provide their transcripts and a writing sample with their resume.

Our Data Protection Notice for the Munich office informs you about the processing of your personal information by Fish & Richardson P.C.

Technology Specialist

Dallas

Strong technical background and degree in electrical engineering, computer science, physics or closely related field. Industry experience and graduate degree are preferred, but not required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Twin Cities

Degree and strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, or closely related field. 1-5 years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Patent Prosecution Associate

Twin Cities

JD 2013-2017 – Degree and strong background in computer science, electrical engineering, or closely related field. 1-5 years of patent prosecution experience and USPTO registration strongly preferred. Excellent writing and academic credentials required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample with your resume.

Technology Specialist

Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley

Strong preference for those with experience in machine learning or quantum computing or closely related field; USPTO registration is preferred, but not required. Excellent academic credentials and writing skills required. 1-4 years of patent prosecution experience is strongly preferred. This position allows for working remotely the majority of the time, and we will consider candidates located within 2 hours driving time of one of our offices, ideally Washington, DC or Silicon Valley. Occasional travel to the office for training and client meetings will be required. Please provide transcripts and a writing sample along with your resume.

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