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For US Patent and Trademark Office - Commissioner for Trademarks

US Patent and Trademark Office - Commissioner for Trademarks

Government Agencies


Intellectual Property

Work Description

Major duties:

As a Student Trainee (Law) you may be responsible for, but not limited to, providing the following legal and administrative support activities: handling research requests for examining attorneys, senior attorneys and managing attorneys to determine the registrability of trademarks under Trademark Act (Lanham Act) and conducting research into ownership, disclaimer, identification and specimen issues. The majority of the research is conducted on Lexis/Nexis®, the internet, and other electronic databases. Research is also conducted in trade publications, dictionaries and other paper-based sources. During the course of the program, externs may also be requested to conduct research, draft legal documents, and participate in special work projects for the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks and for attorneys or judges of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Additionally, participants may be given the opportunity to draft an appeal brief for an ex parte appeal concerning a trademark application.


Participants must meet the following:

  • Have US Citizenship
  • Must have finished two years of a three year Law School Program
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Provide a letter of proof of current enrollment from your educational institution
  • Be able to work at least 40 hours a week during the summer starting May 20, 2013, and continuing for 10 to 12 weeks

The following application material is required for submission:

  • A brief cover letter detailing how the externship experience would complement your academic and career goals;
  • Resume which must include contact information, statement of U.S. citizenship, education background (type and year of degree, if no degree, show total semester or quarter hours earned), work experience (include complete dates of employment and hours worked per week);
  • a current transcript.

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