Patent Attorney – Los Alamos National Laboratory – Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an experienced patent attorney (Job # IRC7249) to provide professional legal services relating to the intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer (TT) functions.

Specific areas of responsibility include: participating in the invention disclosure review process, subsequent patent prosecution together with participation in agreements related to the licensing and technology transfer, review of procurement issues involving intellectual property matters, and copyright matters including advising on open source software issues. The IP Attorney will provide legal advice and counseling to Laboratory managers and employees regarding the legal aspects of patents and the patenting process, licensing transactions, copyrights and other intellectual property matters. This position will be required to: establish and implement IP strategies and work with inventors and management to ensure IP strategies and efforts interact with and support LANS institutional strategies; the attorney also will be encouraged to develop and/or implement Corporate IP management practices; and identify areas for improvement of business practices in support of the organization's focus on preventive law and protection of IP rights. As part of a large legal organization responsible for all Laboratory legal affairs, the selected candidate must be able to work cooperatively within a multi-disciplined legal organization. Other responsibilities can include the preparation of memoranda, legal opinions, letters and other writings related to intellectual property matters.

Minimum Job Requirements:
• Eight years patent law experience, including review of invention disclosures, development of patenting strategy with inventors, drafting patent applications, and prosecuting patent applications in USPTO;
• Regardless of technical background, demonstrated ability to work with inventors in a variety of areas and manage and coordinate with outside patent counsel in patent prosecution;
• Knowledge of the rules governing the practice of law, and the ability to identify and resolve ethical issues.

Desired Skills:
• Background in one of the following technical areas: (1) computers and associated software through an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, physics or electrical engineering, and experience in open source copyright issues including conducting open source software investigations and providing advice on the associated risks and benefits of using an open source software process; or (2) biotechnology through an undergraduate or graduate degree in biology or biochemistry degree.
• Experience in intellectual property licensing issues, and working with clients such as Universities, government entities, or national laboratories in fulfillment of a technology transfer mission.
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with a pragmatic orientation and flexible approach;
• Strong interpersonal skills to include verbal and written communications.
• General knowledge and experience with software and technologies used in a modern legal office including patent docketing and matter management systems.

Note to applicants:
A Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school and a technical degree as noted above. An active registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and at least one state bar is necessary.

A writing sample will be required of applicants selected for an interview. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

To apply:

The LANL job application system will be offline June 13 – 18. Please submit your application prior to June 13 (Wednesday) or after June 18 (Monday).


Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico 

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Organization Overview
The Office of Laboratory Counsel (LC) provides legal counsel in business law (including risk management); intellectual property; litigation management and benefits; employment and labor law; and legal environmental, safety and health. This Office also serves as the primary source of legal advice and counsel to all levels of management on complex legal issues that affect the Laboratory. The Intellectual Property (IP) Group provides advice and support on intellectual property issues including patents, invention disclosures, patent application preparation and intellectual property clauses in the prime contract.

About Dennis Crouch

Law Professor at the University of Missouri School of Law. Co-director of the Center for Intellectual Property and Entrepreneurship.