Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Technical Advisor?

Technical Advisors possess exceptional knowledge in their field of study practice patent prosecution or patent litigation. 

What is a Patent Agent?

Patent Professionals who focus on patent prosecution perform a variety of patent-related activities, such as patent application drafting, correspondence with global patent offices, opinion drafting, freedom-to-operate analysis, and due diligence work. 

Technology Specialists who focus on patent litigation use their technical experience to provide support for the enforcement or defense of patent rights in the US and throughout the world.

Are Patent Professionals required to attend law school?

Not all Patent Professionals attend law school. Many patent agents enjoy a long and rewarding career as a Patent Agent while others attend law school with the intention to become a patent lawyer. Mintz levin works with the Patenty Agents and Technology Specialists who are interested in attending law school and in many cases pay law school tuition.

In what area do Technical Advisors primarily focus?

Most work in patent prosecution, though some also work in litigation and trademark.

What advanced degrees are required as a Technical Advisor?

Technical Advisors hold advanced graduate degrees in technical fields such as biology, chemistry, and engineering. Most Technology Specialists have earned PhDs, though it is not required.

Who should I contact about Technical Advisor recruitment?

Jennifer Carrión, Legal Recruiting Manager
Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.
One Financial Center
Boston, MA 02111
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