Job Summary
Employment Type
Full Time
Years Experience
1 - 3 years
$80,000 - $100,000 Annual
Job Description

Chemistry Patent Agent/Technical Specialist

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm having over 85 attorneys, highly qualified patent agents, and technical specialists, all dedicated to providing superior intellectual property counseling.  We specialize in prosecution and litigation in all areas of intellectual property law.  We litigate nationwide, primarily within the federal court system, and obtain patents and trademark registrations for our clients in the United States and foreign patent and trademark offices.

We are currently seeking a Patent Agent or Technical Specialist for our Chemical practice group. The right individual will have: 

  • Strong academic credentials, which should minimally include a degree in Chemistry, with a preference for an advanced degree. Candidates should have at least a 3.0 GPA.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and exceptional organizational skills.

  • Ability to grasp new technical teachings quickly.

  • Ability to efficiently review patent and non-patent literature for key concepts.

  • Registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is preferred.


Responsibilities will include: 

  • Interviewing inventors to learn about new ideas to be patented. Our clients include some of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced companies.

  • Preparing patent applications, which includes drafting technical descriptions describing the inventions, as well as analyzing publications relating to chemical technologies.

  • Prior legal experience is not required, but eventual registration with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office will be expected.

  • This position demands that the individual will, under the supervision of senior practitioners, assume significant client responsibilities, provide high-quality services to domestic and foreign clients, communicate with all levels of management and staff and, at times, require a significant degree of autonomy.


    Compensation for this position includes an annual salary of $80,000+ (based on level of experience), along with customary benefits and opportunities to earn significant bonuses. Customary benefits include: 

  • Group Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Employee and Dependent Medical Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Accident and Critical Illness Plans
  • Short-Term Disability Program
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401(K), Profit Sharing and Vesting
  • Pre-Tax Transportation Plan
  • Identify Theft Protection
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Bright Horizons-Back-Up Child, Adult, and Elder Care
  • Stipend and Interest Free Loan Program
  • Moving Expenses
  • Bar Fees and Related Expenses
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Holiday and Paid Time Off
  • Bonuses


In addition to our generous benefits package, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun offers a culture with great work-life balance in a business-casual atmosphere. Ample opportunity for socialization between our colleagues is encouraged and enjoyed at virtual happy hours and firm-wide GoToMeeting or Zoom events. In addition, we look forward to the return of our monthly breakfasts, special-occasion luncheons, social gatherings, and out-of-office functions when circumstances permit.


Qualified individuals interested in this position should forward a curriculum vitae, transcripts and writing samples to Michele J. Gudaitis.


Job ID: 277830104

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP
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