Careers in Patent Law: How grad school prepared you more than you think

Friday, April 12, 2019 at 6:00 PM - Friday, June 14, 2019 at 8:00 PM (LMT) More Information →

Approaching completion of their degree, graduate students are understandably focused on transitioning from their academic studies to a new career.  However, information regarding alternative career paths outside of academia or research can be difficult to obtain.  In this talk, Dr. Michael Mattoni will discuss career opportunities in patent law for students in the physical sciences, biological sciences, and engineering.  Remarks will further highlight how the skills acquired in graduate school can be an excellent preparation for work in patent law.  Time will be reserved for substantial Q&A.        

About the speaker

Michael Mattoni

Dr. Michael Mattoni is a registered patent agent with the Boston office of Mintz & Levin LLP.   He holds a B.A. in Physics from Kenyon College and a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where his dissertation research focused on the mechanical properties of fiber-reinforced oxide-oxide ceramic composites.  Dr. Mattoni’s post-doctoral research continued his work on oxide composites as well as investigation of the tribological properties of bio-materials.

Practicing patent law for over 10 years,  Dr. Mattoni assists clients in obtaining and enforcing intellectual property rights in both the U.S. and abroad.  His practice is focused on electrical, mechanical, and chemical arts, as well as software and business methods.  He has particular experience with drafting, prosecuting and maintaining patents in the technology fields of electrical engineering, metallurgy, superconductors, semiconductors, photovoltatics, plasma science, ceramics, thin film technology, nanophase materials, composite materials, spectroscopy, analytical chemistry, medical devices and instrumentation, mechanical engineering, customer relationship management (CRM) systems, search algorithms, cloud computing, and virtual computing environments. 

Course Timing and Duration

Once a week, Fridays at Mintz Leven 6-8pm for 10 weeks, excluding Good Friday and May 31 (B-SoCCS symposium)

Registration Fees and Meals 

$35 course fee to be applied to light refreshments and course materials

Course Certificates and Documentation

While this is a non-credit course, we offer a certificate of completion to all participants who attend 70% or more of classes.  Certificates will be distributed on the final day of class.


Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, please bring photo ID to show to the security guard to be allowed entry to the building

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking is very limited.  Parking garages are available, but access is easier via the T.  The closest station is South Station, but the venue is also accessible from the Green and Orange lines.


What can I bring into the event?

Please bring your laptop, pen and paper.  Lecture notes will be available online and will be posted before each class.


How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please use the contact the organizer link to have any questions answered.


What's the refund policy?

Full refunds are available until 3 days before the start of class.


What happens in the event of inclement weather or other scheduling changes?

In the case of snow or other adverse weather, the organizers will email you with updated course information.  If the instructor needs to reschedule class due to work-related constrants, we will also update you.  Any missed classes will be added to the schedule and planned for a subsequent Friday in April.