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USPTO Wants Students for Summer Externship Program

Written by Gene Quinn
President & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
Patent Attorney, Reg. No. 44,294
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Posted: May 19, 2011 @ 1:38 pm
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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.



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Eugene R. Quinn, Jr.
President & Founder of IPWatchdog, Inc.
US Patent Attorney (Reg. No. 44,294)
Widerman & Malek

B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Rutgers University
J.D., Franklin Pierce Law Center
L.L.M. in Intellectual Property, Franklin Pierce Law Center

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Gene Quinn is a US Patent Attorney, law professor and the founder of He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam. Known by many as “The IPWatchdog,” Gene started the widely popular intellectual property website in 1999, and since that time the site has had millions of unique visitors. Gene has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the LA Times, CNN Money, NPR and various other newspapers and magazines worldwide. He represents individuals, small businesses and start-up corporations. As an electrical engineer with a computer engineering focus his specialty is electronic and computer devices, Internet applications, software and business methods.


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