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Patent Engineer Internship - Boulder, CO

Holland & Hart is looking to bring in exceptional engineers for our rapidly growing patent practices. Explore an exciting alternative career by using your engineering training to develop patent strategies for technology companies at the forefront of innovation. As a patent engineer, you will help our patent attorneys guide complex technology through various stages of the patent process. You’ll also work closely with our attorneys to talk with inventors about new technology, prepare descriptions and drawings of the new technology for use in new patent applications, research differences between our clients’ technology and the current state of the art, draft arguments to U.S. and foreign patent offices, and negotiate the scope of legal protection to be granted in a patent.

  •  Work with cutting edge technologies and companies
  •  Comprehensive patent and technology training programs
  •  Competitive compensation
  •  Great work/life balance
  • Patent Bar support program

Holland & Hart is a national law firm with a patent practice for some of the world’s most innovative clients. At Holland & Hart, we have worked hard to build a collaborative and inclusive patent group while providing top-tier service to our clients, through our talented team of 30+ patent attorneys, agents, and engineers. Unlike other law firms, we have developed a training curriculum and work environment that are specifically tailored to patent engineers. There’s no better place to be a patent engineer.

Ideal candidates have a strong academic record and a degree in electrical engineering is strongly preferred (although stellar physics, computer science or computer engineering candidates will be considered). Wireless communications experience is very desirable. Industry experience is a plus. Collaboration is a core part of our success, so we are seeking team players who want be a part of one of the finest patent groups in the country. Full-time positions are open in our Boulder, Denver, Salt Lake City and Boise offices. Internship positions are open in our Boulder office.  

Qualified candidates should apply online and submit your resume, cover letter (please specify which office you are applying for), brief writing sample (publicly available patent application or office action responses or other technical writing) and transcript. Please address cover letter to Ceanne Price, Recruitment & Client Coordinator. Should you have issues with the online application form, please contact 

Salary Range:
The hourly rate for Patent Interns is $40/hr – $50/hr and the salary range for Patent Engineers is $92,000 – $165,000. A discretionary bonus may be available based on performance.

Application Documents:
Qualified candidates should apply online and submit your resume, short answer responses (instructions regarding short answer questions are below), brief writing sample (publicly available patent application or office action responses or other technical writing) and transcript.

Short Answer Instructions:
 In lieu of a traditional cover letter please provide a short answer for every question below. Please keep responses to 2-3 paragraphs. 

  • How would your experience help you excel as a patent engineer?
  • What are your professional goals?
  • What aspects of a patent engineers job description do you find most exciting and which aspects do you find most challenging?
  • What aspect of living in Boulder, Salt Lake City, or Boise are you most excited about?

Benefits Summary:
Holland & Hart works hard to promote work/life balance with a 37.5-hour scheduled work week for most staff employees, a robust wellness program, and generous PTO and holiday pay for eligible employees. Full-time employees become eligible for benefits on the date hire, with a benefit offering that includes medical, dental, vision, life, AD&D, EAP, STD, and LTD. Also available are voluntary income protection benefits such as supplemental life, accident, critical illness, and long-term care insurances, as well as a 401(k)-retirement plan with a company match. In addition, the firm has programs that may provide for educational assistance, free or discounted legal services, and opportunities through the Holland & Hart Foundation, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating volunteer opportunities for lawyers, staff, families, and friends of Holland & Hart LLP. Part-time employees may have access to some of these benefits, which may be on a pro-rated basis.

Internship Completion
Upon successful completion of our 12 week internship program, you will have the opportunity to become a salaried employee at one of our offices in Boulder, Denver, Boise, or Salt Lake City.