Business Segment: Global Operations Global Law & Policy
Location(s): United States; Connecticut; Norwalk
About Us: GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry. GE offers a great work environment, professional development, challenging careers, and competitive compensation. GE is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.
Role Summary: In 2006, GE established a Global Patent Operation (GPO) which is headquartered in Norwalk, CT. The GPO focuses on developing and managing high quality global patent assets for GE’s worldwide businesses. The GPO has openings for Patent Fellows starting in August/September 2017 Patent Fellow positions are one-year (1-year) assignments providing opportunities for novice patent attorneys to gain patent prosecution experience while observing how businesses develop and manage their patent assets.
This is a paid internship position located in Fairfield, CT .
The Patent Fellows will work with GPO attorneys and IP paraprofessionals on a variety of patent-related assignments; typical assignments include:
Analyzing US Office Actions and Drafting amendments and responses thereto
Analyzing Non-US Office Actions and Preparing response instructions to local counsel
Studying search reports issued in PCT and European patent applications, and preparing comments/recommendations to GPO attorneys in view thereof
Finalizing and formatting patent applications for US Paris Convention and PCT National Stage application filings
Preparing voluntary claim amendments for Non-US applications
Reviewing/Editing non-disclosure agreements
Researching areas of IP law as needed
Drafting one or more provisional or non-provisional patent applications (as required)
Supporting GPO attorneys and IP paraprofessionals on special projects that may arise.
BS in science or engineering
JD from an accredited law school (JD required by start date)
Ability to work 40 hours per week on site in Norwalk, CT
Registration to Practice before the USPTO is a plus, but not required
Outstanding technical and writing skills;
strong interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate effectively and concisely and work with attorneys, inventors and all levels of GE management;
some knowledge of laws, regulations, practices and procedures relating to the procurement of patents in the U.S. and foreign countries.
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