Applying to IP Firms

If you are a 1L student who is interested in the Intellectual Property sector, did you know that IP-focused employers expect to receive applications for summer clerk jobs in early December?  (Even before your first semester grades are available!)  

 Résumés for IP jobs should include your patent agent registration number (if available) and may also include a list of the technical classes you have taken.  Please meet with Anneliese or Jaclyn for your initial counseling appointment and résumé review as soon as possible if you plan to send out applications on December 1 (signup sheets are on the wall outside PDO).  At the end of this article is a list of local firms which practice primarily IP work or have dedicated IP sections.  Many other larger firms have some sort of IP practice, but may not consider themselves to be an IP firm, and applying in December is probably unnecesary.  Remember to check Symplicity from time to time, as IP jobs are sometimes posted on the PDO job board. 

Local IP Firms/Firms with Strong IP Practices

Bateman IP Group —

Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione (apply to recruiting contact in Chicago) — 

Clayton Howarth & Cannon, PC — 

Kunzler, Needham, Massey & Thorpe — 

Stoel Rives, LLP – www.  

Thorpe North & Western — 

TraskBritt, PC — 

Workman Nydegger   — 


Boutique Firms

Austin Rapp

Morriss O’Bryant Compagni

Pate Pierce & Baird

Wilson Ham & Holman

Patent Law Works

Baker and Associates


Utah General Practice (With IP Groups) – Some are more into IP than others:

Kirton McConkie

Ray Quinney & Nebekker

Parsons Behle & Latimer

Holland & Hart

Durham Jones & Pinegar

Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll

Jones Waldo


Snow Christensen & Martineau

Clyde Snow & Sessions