The PPP will oversee the training, development, and career opportunities of three (3) - four (4) diverse (women and/or minority) candidates over a six-month period. Over the course of the program, candidates will have the unique opportunity of working closely with both in-house and private practice attorneys to learn the mechanics of patent drafting and prosecution, and to understand the business insights that ultimately drive a company’s patent strategy.
The selection process will consist of two phases. In the first phase, eight (8) candidates will be selected to participate in a patent training program provided by NCPP for one-month (Nov. 1 - Nov. 30). Virtual training will occur 2-3 evenings per week from 6pm-8pm EST and some Saturdays between 10am-12pm EST. Our participating law firms (Baker Hostetler & Fisher Broyles) will then select three (3) – four (4)* candidates to proceed through remainder of the program. The three (3) – four (4) candidates that are selected will continue training with NCPP through Feb. 25, 2022.
Concurrently with training, the three (3) – four (4) selected candidates will begin work with Baker Hostetler or Fisher Broyles as Technical Specialists from Jan. 3, 2022 - May 27, 2022. From January 31st - Feb. 25, the three (3) – four (4) selected candidates will be seconded with (transfer to) Facebook where they will learn and participate in the day-to-day inhouse patent practices and procedures (e.g., patent strategy, client development, invention analysis, etc.). Thereafter, the three (3) – four (4) selected candidates will transition back to Baker Hostetler or Fisher Broyles for the remainder of the program from Feb. 28, 2022 - May 27, 2022. From January – May, selected applicants will receive the equivalent annual salary of $80K for five (5) months.
Upon successful completion of the program, the three (3) – four (4) candidates will be offered a full-time position with the Baker Hostetler or Fisher Broyles as a Technical Specialist or Patent Agent pending acceptable performance reviews by Baker Hostetler or Fisher Broyles. The annual starting salary will be a SIX (6) figure salary for this position.
* An additional 1-2 candidates may still be selected to complete the NCPP training even if they are not selected to matriculate through the Facebook Pipeline. These additional candidates may have other employment opportunities with other firms or other corporate patent departments.