IP is the name of the game at Fish & Richardson, so be prepared to show off your technical or science background during interviews. Associates here are busy, but they are treated to a great culture, top-notch IP work, and lots of flexibility. The firm focuses mainly on IP litigation and counseling, as well as post-grant matters—but its breadth is reflected in the list of industries it serves. Fish handles IP matters for clients in more than a dozen industries, including biotechnology, energy, clean tech, consumer products,...
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If you want to work at Fish, you better have a technical background, passion for IP, strong grades, and a solid work ethic. Attorneys genuinely like each other here, and they socialize frequently, whether it’s at a firmwide event, an office-level celebration, or day-to-day mingling. Partners are included—associates describe them as respectful, understanding, and appreciative. The firm could be more transparent about certain decisions, such as bonuses, but it is forthcoming in other ways, including through twice-annual performance reviews. Some associates feel the billable-hours requirement—which is 1,900 hours for a bonus, but 2,100 hours for a market bonus—is high, but they are very pleased with the amount of flexibility they have and note the firm is generous with reduced-hour s...
An influential player in the development of American intellectual property law, Fish & Richardson has evolved with the inventions of its clients: From the days of the Industrial Revolution through the current technology revolution, firm has remained a leader in patent law while adding other targeted practice areas as the years have rolled by.
Founded in Boston in 1878, Fish & Richardson’s early days were marked by its representation of giants of American innovation. The firm spent some of its first years advising the likes of Alexander Graham Bell and, later, Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers. Fish & Richardson played integral roles in the acquisition and defense of patents for such seminal concepts as the telephone, the radio, the automobil...