Virtual Coffee Chat: Launch a Career in Patent Law at Wilson Sonsini

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Curious about careers in patent law and intellectual property? Come meet Maya Skubatch, Madeline Elkins, and Joy Wang from Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati to hear about career opportunities at Wilson Sonsini for graduate students and postdocs. This is a great opportunity to get insider tips on how to be competitive!

PhD students and postdocs at all levels are warmly invited to attend.


Maya Skubatch, JD - Partner, Patents and Innovations
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Maya is no longer able to attend, but Laurie McNamara will be joining in her place!

Laurie McNamara, PhD, JD - Partner, Patents and Innovations
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Madeline Elkins, PhD, JD - Associate, Patents and Innovations
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Joy Wang, PhD - Patent Agent, Patents and Innovations
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  • Short presentation on careers in IP law and opportunities at Wilson Sonsini
    No active participation required
  • Open Q&A on transitioning from academia to working in a law firm
    No active participation required, but your questions are welcome
  • Time to connect with speakers, informally
    Active participation if you choose to stay; see our tips on networking!

About Wilson Sonsini

Wilson Sonsini is a premier legal advisor to life sciences companies, as well as investors that finance them. Our clients include early-stage private companies, late-stage public companies, venture capitalist, strategic investors, and private equity funds investing in such life sciences companies.

Wilson Sonsini’s Patents and Innovations practice (Patents Group) helps clients leverage their intellectual property, defend against claims of others, and establish a global competitive position for the future in fields such as small molecule therapeutics, biologics, synthetic biology, precision medicine, research tools, and clean technologies. The Patents Group also represents companies and investors in IP due diligence during financings, capital market offerings, and other large transactions.

As such, we are often at the intersection of science and technology, business, and law. We are continuously working on securing, developing, and protecting companies’ most vital IP assets relating to their groundbreaking discoveries.

Read more about patent agent careers at Wilson Sonsini

About diversity, equity, and inclusion at Wilson Sonsini

Wilson Sonsini is committed to the principle that diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are vital components of a thriving organization. Diversity of thought, experience, identity, and background, as well as an inclusive culture, enable our firm to deliver greater value to our clients, provide a richer work experience to our employees, and make meaningful, lasting contributions to our communities. DEI is particularly important to our firm because our innovative technology, life science, and other emerging growth clients are also exceptionally diverse themselves. To learn more about our DEI initiatives and programs, please click here.

A note about our virtual events: We would like to welcome you, as and where you are, to our virtual events. If there are times you just don’t want to be on camera, feel free to attend this event with your camera and mic off. If you prefer to switch on your camera and participate that’s great too. And if this event just won’t work for you please remember you can always make an appointment with us at any time. 

UCSF is committed to making its facilities, activities and events accessible. To request accommodations for this event, please contact Trish McGrath ([email protected]) at the Office of Career and Professional Development at least one week before the event.