Patent Analyst (Software and Media) – Small Corporation – San Francisco, Calif.

RPX RPXis seeking an experienced individual to contribute to the success of the Patent Analysis Department. In this role, the Patent Analyst, Software and Media will assess and quantify patent-based risk. This individual will use industry experience to evaluate patents for the purpose of providing patent intelligence to support Company initiatives, including defensive buying, acquisition syndication (for large portfolios), and advisory services. To be successful in the role, this person must possess a broad knowledge of software technology, spanning Internet, Digital Media, SaaS, Consumer, and Enterprise. The Patent Analyst, Software and Media reports directly to the Senior Director, Patent Analysis, and works closely with the Acquisitions, Client Development, Client Relations, and Corporate Development Departments and RPX clients.

• Supports RPX’s business model by identifying meaningful patents for our clients and succinctly communicating those findings to help the Company make informed decisions by:
o Reviewing patent claims and other materials to determine basis for possible infringement disputes
o Exploring relevant market(s) to assess adoption of patent usage
o Researching prior related disclosures/commercial efforts to assess novelty of invention
o Identifying and locating written evidence for specific innovations that occurred prior to the filing of a patent
o Coordinating with external subject matter and enforcement experts
o Communicating findings to relevant internal and external clients

Education/Experience Required:
• Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related field
• Minimum of 3 years’ experience in technical or engineering role in the software industry

Required Competencies:
• Ability to identify the software domain(s) to which a patent claim relates
• Knowledgeable about companies in software domains and the products produced by these companies
• Ability to use critical thinking skills to catalog, match, and relate similar patents, portfolios, and technologies
• Well-versed in the history of technical development and key innovation dates in various software areas
• Results-oriented and service-minded with ability to develop and foster relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally
• Willingness to adapt to the many changing requirements/needs of a fast-growing, young company
• Collaborative work ethic and ability to work in a team-oriented culture
• Ability to work with virtual, global teams
• Excellent interpersonal, networking, and influencing skills
• Motivated, self-directed, and proactive with a willingness to take on additional projects
• Proven track record of excellence, ownership, and accountability
• Confident personality supported by disciplined, logical thinking and fact-based, documented conclusions and opinions
• Ability to demonstrate sound judgment and execute against deliverables under deadlines and competing priorities
• Highly focused, organized, and detail-oriented
• Excellent oral and written communications skills
• Represents RPX in a manner consistent with its culture and values

Technical Skills
• Strong familiarity with the following technology domains:
o Web Services
§ E-commerce/Marketplaces
§ Search/Advertising
§ Cloud Services
§ Social Networking
§ Gaming
o Digital Media
§ Encoding/Decoding
§ Content Distribution
§ DRM/Security
§ Content Sync and Storage
§ Video Conferencing
o Software/SaaS
§ Platform/Operating System
§ Application Software
§ Enterprise Software (CRM, ERP, SCM)

• Strong proficiency with the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook

Preferred Competencies:
• Advanced engineering degree(s) viewed favorably
• Previous experience with patents viewed favorably

RPX is an equal opportunity employer.

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Additional Info:
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: San Francisco, California

About Dennis Crouch

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