IP Externship Opportunities

After successful IP SEP externships at four entities in the Spring of 2014, four new intellectual property law externship opportunities will be available (some beginning the summer of 2014, others beginning the fall of 2014) to students at these four entities:  Crane Naval Warfare Center , the Indiana University Research & Technology Corporation (IURTC), Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization, and Roche Diagnostics Inc.  Prof. Magliocca is the faculty advisor for the Purdue Research Foundation externship; Prof. Morris is the faculty advisor for the Crane, IURTC, and Roche externships.  General information about each of these externships is set forth below.  Further information about externships may be found at http://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/courses/externships.cfm.

Crane Externship

CRANE’s externship opportunity is for law students in the area of patent drafting, patent prosecution, intellectual property law, and Federal technology transfer.  This opportunity is directed towards students desiring a patent drafting and prosecution related externship opportunity as a law student with an educational background in the engineering and science disciplines.  The opportunity will be most appropriate for students entering their L2 or L3 years however L1 year students can be considered.  CRANE is under the Naval Sea Systems Command.   CRANE provides acquisition support, life cycle support, and system engineering, in-service engineering and technical support for special warfare missions, high density electrochemical storage systems, and electronic warfare/information operations.  CRANE receives over 60 – 100 invention disclosures per year and has filed up to 76 patent applications per year.  CRANE is currently managing a patent portfolio of several hundred issued and pending patents with an active licensing program.  CRANE also is active in licensing know-how and technical data in large systems acquisition efforts with a broad array of large commercial and research and development entities.  This externship opportunity allows students to gain valuable experience in their field of study which comprises an intersection of law, science, technology, and business.  Externs may on occasion participate remotely, but are encouraged to work on site at CRANE, particularly at the beginning of the semester and when inspection of an invention and/or interaction with inventors is desirable.  It is possible on occasion to conduct some work via video teleconferencing.   Under the supervision of the supervising attorney, the student will evaluate new invention disclosures with CRANE case managers, conduct patentability and infringement searches, assist in portfolio evaluations of licensed and unlicensed technology, work with both internal and external patent counsel to draft new patent applications and respond to patent office actions for US and foreign applications, assist with submission of patent filing documents such as inventor assignments and declarations.

IURTC Externship

Indiana University Research and Technology Corporation (IURTC) is a not-for-profit corporation that is responsible for all aspects of Indiana University technology commercialization including protection and licensing of intellectual property. IURTC receives an average of 150 faculty invention disclosures and files over 200 patent applications per year. In addition, the office is currently managing a portfolio of over 300 issued US and foreign patents and over 500 pending US and foreign patent applications. IURTC has offices located in the IU Innovation Center in Indianapolis and the Cyberinfrastructure Building in Bloomington. IURTC has externship opportunities for law students in the area of patent law.  Under the supervision of the supervising attorney, the student will evaluate new invention disclosures with IURTC case managers, conduct patentability and infringement searches, assist in portfolio evaluations of licensed and unlicensed technology, work with both internal and external patent counsel to draft new patent applications and respond to patent office actions for US and foreign applications, assist with submission of patent filing documents such as inventor assignments and declarations.

Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization Externship

The Office of Technology Commercialization of the Purdue Research Foundation (“OTC”) operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. In its most recent fiscal year, the OTC reported 356 invention disclosures, 77 deals finalized, 54 issued patents, and gross royalty income at $4.8 million. The OTC also reported the creation of 5 new startup companies founded in part on Purdue innovations. Tasks that the extern will perform include:  assisting in drafting patent applications (including a provisional application for patent—with claims, a non-provisional application, and a design application); drafting responses to various office actions from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (including responses to 35 U.S.C. §§ 102 and 103 rejections and restriction requirements); drafting information disclosure statements; and performing patentability searches and analyses that will assist in determining the IP protection strategy.  In addition, the externs may also be assigned relevant legal research assignments to assist in accomplishing the above tasks.     

Roche Externship

Indianapolis is home to Roche Diagnostics’ U.S. research and development, laboratory, manufacturing, distribution, information technology and corporate headquarters operations.  Roche Diagnostics' products include a broad portfolio of diagnostics tools that test for congestive heart failure, HIV, Hepatitis B and C, fertility testing, diabetes and many other diseases. This wide array of innovative testing products and services is supplied to researchers, physicians, patients, hospitals and laboratories worldwide.  Roche has long been committed to innovation and to being at the forefront of medical discovery. With a strong foundation of Roche scientists and technical capabilities and a steadily expanding global research network,  including alliances with many of the world's leading respected research institutions and biotech companies, Roche continues to develop new technologies in healthcare.   Under the supervision of the attorney supervisor, the extern’s work will primarily involve evaluation and analysis of invention disclosures, preparation of information disclosure statements, analysis of search results, assistance with validity and infringement opinions, and/or analysis of competitor patents.  The student’s work will assist in developing IP strategy. The student will execute a confidentiality agreement before beginning work.  The student work would include interactions with in-house attorneys, research and development departments, inventors, and project managers with expertise in a variety of healthcare technical fields.