Intellectual Property Legal Fellow – George Mason University

George Mason University
October 20, 2018
Arlington, Virginia
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The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University School of Law is dedicated to the scholarly analysis of intellectual property rights and the technological, commercial, and creative innovation they facilitate. CPIP explores how strong property rights in innovation and creativity can foster successful and flourishing individual lives and national economies. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

Through a wide array of academic and public policy programming, CPIP brings together scholars, industry leaders, inventors, creators, and policymakers to examine foundational questions and current controversies concerning patents, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. Ultimately, CPIP seeks to promote a healthy academic discussion, grounded in rigorous scholarship, and a well-informed public policy debate about the importance of intellectual property.

CPIP seeks an Intellectual Property Legal Fellow. CPIP’s research projects are deeply engaged with current issues in intellectual property law and policy. This position is an opportunity to work on cutting-edge research on the law, policy, history, and economics of intellectual property, with an emphasis on research and writing on patent law and policy.

The position is full-time and is for a one-year term with a possibility of renewal.

At the direction of CPIP’s executive leadership, responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Research legal, policy, and related topics using traditional and online legal and academic research methods
  • Draft research papers, policy briefs, essays, amicus briefs, and other relevant materials
  • Participate in designing a variety of studies and research projects on a range of legal and policy issues in intellectual property
  • Work with a team to complete multiple concurrent projects
  • Assist with planning and organizing academic roundtables, symposia, and other events
  • Manage research assistants


  • A J.D. degree and a background in intellectual property law.

Desired qualifications include:

  • A J.D. degree with experience in intellectual property law and policy and with specific experience in patent law or policy
  • Demonstrated ability to work in teams to complete projects
  • Strong analytical and research skills
  • Strong spoken and written communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills and willingness to learn new software and research services
  • Highly self-motivated and detail-oriented with an ability to advance projects in a self-directed way
  • Flexibility in responding to new research opportunities as they arise
  • Background in economics and/or empirical studies is a plus

Application Info:

For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number F029AZ at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a one-page cover letter, a resume no longer than two pages (one page is preferred), a writing sample no longer than five pages (can be an excerpt from a longer work), and a list of three professional references with contact information. Candidates selected for an interview will be asked to complete a brief research project before their interview.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: November 13, 2018


Candidates can apply online here.

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