USPTO Wants Students for Summer Externship Program

By Gene Quinn
May 19, 2011

The United States Patent and Trademark Office wants you, at least if you are a student looking for a externship for the summer.

The Patent and Trademark Office is once again sponsoring the USPTO Patent Experience Externship Program (PEEP) for the Summer of 2011.  Time is extremely limited to get in an application.  The deadline for making application to the program is Friday, May 20, 2011.  The Office has already reportedly received numerous applications from students working toward a B.S. degree, from some working toward a Ph.D. and quite a few from law students working toward a Juris Doctor degree.

In his Director’s Blog on Wednesday, May 18, 2011, David Kappos, the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office wrote (in part):

This year, I proposed that the USPTO accept 200 or more highly qualified students to join us this summer, in keeping the spirit of progress alive. The team here at USPTO has eagerly accepted this challenge and has found nearly 200 great candidates who are planning to join us. There is still room for a few more, but time is running out to apply. If you know of a student (or more than one) interested in working with us as an extern, they’ll need to go online and have their application in by the end of this week.

The PEEP program is one of our premier methods of finding talented individuals who are able to do the kind of challenging and rewarding work we do here at the USPTO. It represents a unique opportunity for students to get hands-on experience and truly learn what it is like to work at the Patent Office.

This program helps us identify and recruit future, fulltime patent examiners, a facet that has several implications for the program.

For more information please visit our student programs website to learn about the program.  Visit USAJobs and read through the vacancy announcement for a detailed description of the PEEP program.

The Author

Gene Quinn

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and Editor and founder of IPWatchdog.com. Gene is also a principal lecturer in the PLI Patent Bar Review Course and an attorney with Widerman Malek. Gene’s specialty is in the area of strategic patent consulting, patent application drafting and patent prosecution. He consults with attorneys facing peculiar procedural issues at the Patent Office, advises investors and executives on patent law changes and pending litigation matters, and works with start-up businesses throughout the United States and around the world, primarily dealing with software and computer related innovations. is admitted to practice law in New Hampshire, is a Registered Patent Attorney and is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. CLICK HERE to send Gene a message.

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