Gibbons Hires Intellectual Property Apprentice

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 - 14:38

Ankit D. Patel has joined Gibbons P.C. as an apprentice in the Intellectual Property Department. Mr. Patel is the fourth participant in the firm’s Apprenticeship Program, which Gibbons launched in 2010 to help maximize the value of its legal and client services while also providing a solid training ground for new attorneys. James J. Kang, the firm’s most recent apprentice, was recently promoted to an associate position in the Intellectual Property Department.

As the Intellectual Property Department apprentice, Mr. Patel will be exposed to the day-to-day responsibilities of a law firm junior associate and will be trained in a “real world” law firm environment. He will also shadow attorneys throughout the IP Department at the firm, in court, and, when appropriate, at client meetings. Clients are generally not billed for any apprentice training time, which allows the firm to train new attorneys while providing value to clients.

Mr. Patel has an extensive background in science and technology, having served as a legal certified intern at the Case Western Reserve University IP Venture Clinic, as a patent extern in the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and as a toxicology intern at Amgen. He earned his JD from the Case Western Reserve University School of Law, his MS in biochemistry from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and his BS in molecular and cellular biology from the University of Illinois. He is fluent in Hindi.