Culture and Development

At MBHB, practitioners use their scientific backgrounds to help individual inventors, startups and Fortune 500 companies protect their most exciting innovations.

Our firm is made up of biotechnologists, chemical engineers, software developers and material scientists – to name a few. This blend of legal and scientific expertise creates a uniquely interesting, collaborative and intellectually rich environment.

MBHB is proud to support our practitioners with a vibrant culture and robust development and mentorship programs. The opportunity for growth is immense, whether a practitioner decides to pursue a law degree or remain a patent agent. Both patent agents and attorneys prosecute patents for dynamic companies across a range of industries. Attorneys also support clients across a range of intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark advice, and litigation.

firm culture

At MBHB, our employees are our #1 asset. We are proud to invest in our people through a comprehensive benefits package that meets our employees’ health, financial and familial needs. Benefits include: 

  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance 
  • 401(k) 
  • Sick Leave & Vacation Leave 
  • Family/Dependent Care Leave 
  • Parental Leave 
  • Domestic Partner Benefits 
  • Relocation Expenses 
  • Flexible Spending Account 
  • Life Insurance 
  • Long-term Disability Insurance 

We have an open-door policy to encourage practitioners of all levels to work together for the best interest of the client. No matter your position, your opinion will be listened to and valued.

To foster a collaborative environment, we believe in coming together for both work and fun. Team lunches, happy hours and other regular events bring our professionals closer together to create an enjoyable and team-oriented work environment.  

We believe diverse backgrounds, viewpoints, and experiences fuel innovation. MBHB is committed to fostering education and dialog to ensure diversity and inclusion. Our efforts to improve the diversity of the firm and the legal industry include a Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship – a $10,000 monetary award annually awarded to 1L or 2L summer associates. To learn more, please contact Read about the 2023 Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship recipients here.

We encourage our professionals to pursue the client work that interests them most, whether that means prosecuting patents for new pharmaceuticals or litigating patent infringement on behalf of an electronics manufacturer. Our assignment system allows professionals to develop relationships with partners and clients in the technology fields of their choice. Explore some of our professionals’ career paths and see what your future at MBHB could look like. 

While we love patent law, we also have passions outside of the legal industry. Our firm is made up of musicians, athletes, parents, coaches and more. Our collaborative environment fosters teamwork and shared responsibilities to help professionals achieve client goals while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. For example, our attorneys may reduce billable hour goals, when needed, with approval from our Management Board. We also offer a generous maternity and paternity leave policy.

Growth and development

MBHB is proud to support our practitioners as they study for the patent bar exam or pursue law degrees. Offerings include scholarships, reduced billable hour requirements, and dedicated mentorship from senior attorneys.

MBHB offers many opportunities for continuing education through in-house CLE and educational sessions. From webinars to lunch-and-learns, many of our programs are developed by our own attorneys, law clerks, patent agents and technical advisors.

People who thrive at MBHB are highly curious and technically adept legal strategists. To better support our people, MBHB offers both informal and formal mentoring programs. Seasoned attorneys and professionals within the firm are always willing to offer advice and provide hands-on experience to newer practitioners, including face time with clients.  

Our summer associate program offers law students a deep dive into all areas of patent law. Summer associates work closely with partners to draft patent applications, write freedom-to-operate opinions, attend client presentations, complete legal research, develop thought leadership content, and more.   

MBHB offers guidance and resources to our professionals to support their growth and development. Many of our professionals join the firm as technical advisors – some decide to pursue a law degree while others remain on a patent agent track. Regardless of the career path they take, the opportunity for growth is immense. Both patent agents and attorneys prosecute patents for dynamic companies across a range of industries.  Learn more about career path opportunities here.

Our accelerated client development program provides close guidance to attorneys who are on the path to partnership. From workshops hosted by outside experts to one-on-one coaching meetings, this program gives attorneys the tools they need to grow their careers.