Our Difference is Our People
Working at Patterson + Sheridan means believing in the innovative technologies that drive our society forward. We do everything in our power to ensure clients succeed through smart management of their intellectual property.
Our work style is highly collaborative, friendly and respectful. In fact, your growth as a team member is largely driven by how much you help others flourish. It takes honest communication to deliver the caliber of work our clients have come to expect from Patterson + Sheridan.
Work Where You Want
With multiple offices around the country, our locations provide a high quality of living at lower-than-average cost.
Travel When You Need
Any associate can qualify to fly private to meet with the inventors and professionals with whom they partner.
We hire without regard for race, religion, color, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.
We Are Patterson + Sheridan
Patterson + Sheridan is a technology law firm specializing in the protection of clients’ assets and rights, and does so by providing a variety of services including: patent preparation and prosecution, trademark and brand protection, litigation, technology licensing, portfolio and risk management, and assistance with mergers and acquisitions. With seven offices strategically located across the country, Patterson + Sheridan is able to provide greater service, value, and expertise locally, while maintaining a recognized national presence and international reach needed to achieve clients’ business goals.
New Associate and Lateral Associate Opportunities
Our work is complex, challenging, and never boring. At Patterson + Sheridan, you will grow not only professionally, but intellectually as well. You’ll tackle work for high-profile clients who are developing some of the most innovative technologies.
New associates are quickly familiarized with client work and included in face-to-face meetings with clients and inventors. Lateral associates are valued additions to our team and are quickly integrated into our client and inventor relationships. We have invested in a private plane so that we can visit our clients regularly. Our clients value the time we spend working in person with their inventors and other professionals to understand their technologies and business strategies.
We value relationships. Our clients treat us as an extension of their teams, enabling you to see first-hand how large innovative companies, as well as pioneering start-ups, develop products and technologies that are literally changing the world.
We seek attorneys with advanced technical and scientific backgrounds. Before law school, many of our attorneys worked as inventors, engineers, or scientists. Before joining the firm, many served as in-house counsel or U.S. Patent Office examiners. We look for a diverse range of skill-sets and ability to merge technical, legal, and business expertise to provide well-rounded counsel to our clients.
We are always looking for motivated attorneys with a scientific undergraduate background. If you’re interested in joining the Patterson + Sheridan Team, please review our Current Openings page.
We employ a dedicated team of business professionals and recognize the diverse skills, experience, and accomplishments these individuals bring to our law firm and clients. Our professionals are an important and valuable part of our team; they help us define the term “client service.” Without them, we are just another law firm.
If you’re interested in joining the Patterson + Sheridan Team, please review our Current Openings.
The Summer Associate Program at Patterson + Sheridan offers promising law students interested in intellectual property law an opportunity to work alongside attorneys to gain valuable knowledge from real client work. The eight weeks that summer associates spend at P+S allows them to get to know the Firm, and for the Firm to get to know them.
Patterson + Sheridan is passionate about providing undergraduates the opportunity to utilize their engineering and technical degrees to expose them to the potential careers in intellectual property law. The Summer Intern program runs for six weeks in conjunction with the Summer Associate Program.
Summer Program Opportunities
During the first week of the Summer Program, P+S presents “Patents 101” to Summer Associates and Interns to provide a base knowledge necessary for success at the Firm. Each week of the Program, Summer Associates and Interns are exposed to the knowledge-base of the Firm with topical lunch + learns. Summer Associates and Interns can expect to receive real work projects, participate in client meetings, attend depositions and trials, and listen to Continued Legal Education seminars. Each of these experiences are designed to introduce Summer Associates and Interns what life is like at Patterson + Sheridan.
Patterson + Sheridan places high value on training others to succeed. As such, Summer Associates and Interns are assigned mentors who provide real client work, feedback, and support throughout the Program. The mentors serve on the Recruiting Committee and attend weekly meetings to review work product and ensure everyone receives work assignments that draw on and expand their experiences.
The Summer Program also features weekly social events to provide Summer Associates and Interns the opportunity to get to know as many attorneys and staff members outside of the office. These events encourage comradery and networking, showcasing the culture of the Firm.
Overall, the Summer Program is an investment – an investment in your future and the future of the Firm. P+S believes the Summer Program is a two-way process; it is important that Summer Associates and Interns find the best fit for their futures. Each year, Patterson + Sheridan hires new associates, technical advisors, and patent agents through the Summer Program.
If you have an engineering or technical background and are interested in being a part of the emerging technologies and innovations that will shape the future, please send your application materials (cover letter, resume, transcripts, writing sample) to [email protected].