Senior Patent Engineer, Software and Computing Technology – Small Corporation – San Francisco, Calif.

rpxRPX Corporation is the leading provider of patent risk management solutions. Since our founding in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. We acquire patent rights in the open market and out of litigation that would otherwise become a costly problem for our clients. The company’s groundbreaking approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise, and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. We also execute large-scale structured transactions on behalf of our clients, provide litigation insurance, and deliver in-depth market intelligence and strategic advisory services to our growing client network.  Additionally, our wholly-owned subsidiary Inventus Solutions provides top tier e-discovery management services to Fortune 1000 corporations, global law firms, and government agencies.

The Patent Analysis department synthesizes complex technologies and legal patent issues into actionable intelligence for RPX executives and clients. Patent Analysis research and analysis support initiatives in defensive portfolio buying, prior art validity actions, and advisory services. The positions in Patent Analysis require a deep and broad knowledge of specific technology sectors.

As a Senior Patent Engineer you will analyze patent claims and related materials in view of legal, technological, and business environments to understand the technical merit and patent quality of individual patent portfolios. Your main responsibility is to distill a body of analysis and research into a concise, clear, and actionable assessment to both technical and nontechnical audiences. You will report directly to the Senior Manager, Patent Analysis.

Role
Typically you will:

  • Assess numerous engineering and legal factors to extract patent value proposition
  • Draw on detailed knowledge of relevant technologies, companies, and industries
  • Explain complex technical issues to nontechnical audiences
  • Isolate critical technical components of patents, products, and services
  • Learn and apply legal concepts related to patents including prosecution and litigation
  • Research timeliness of patents in support of validity challenges and prior art reports
  • Support analysis conclusions with research driven logic and confidence
  • Collaborate across the organization in-person and with virtual, global teams
  • Establish and cultivate relationships internally and externally

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science or Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with client engagements in explaining highly technical subject matter
  • Experience with reverse engineering and reviewing evidence of use
  • Experience with IP searching (prior art, landscaping, freedom-to-operate, etc.) viewed favorably
  • Prior technical or engineering role developing software and writing code viewed favorably
  • Patent Attorney, Patent Agent, or Attorney viewed favorably
  • Management and supervisory experience viewed favorably
  • Involvement in patent issues including prosecution, litigation, and valuation viewed favorably

Technical Skills

  • Subject matter expertise in software architecture, high-scale computing, computer security, cryptography, databases, and/or applied mathematics
  • Familiarity with products, services, and standards in web, mobile, enterprise, media, and financial services spaces
  • Proficiency in technical research, including searching for technical references in patent and non-patent databases
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Competencies to be Successful
At RPX and in this role, you should be:

  • Comfortable with independently managing deadlines and conflicting priorities to deliver quality results
  • Able to demonstrate a consistent record of excellence, ownership, and accountability
  • Service-minded and passionate about results with an ability to develop positive relationships
  • Adaptable to the many changing requirements and needs of a dynamic company
  • A person with dedication and worth ethic that thrives in a collaborative culture with excellent social, networking, and influencing skills
  • Motivated and self-directed with a willingness to take on additional projects
  • Able to demonstrate good judgement
  • Highly focused, organized, and pay attention to details
  • A person that embodies the RPX values through communication and actions

RPX is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact
To apply, please visit this website: http://www.rpxcorp.com/about-rpx/rpx-careers/?p=job%2FonT14fw5.

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

Patent Attorney – Large Corporation – Goleta, California

karl-storzKarl Storz is seeking a patent attorney for their Goleta, California office.

JOB SUMMARY: Brief description of what this person does, in simple direct terms.

Under general guidance but limited direct supervision, will perform patent and trademark drafting and prosecution services, and will draft licenses related to intellectual property rights.  Provide direct oversight of the Karl Storz North America IP Staff.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: List the essential duties and responsibilities of the position, in order of importance and/or amount of time spent.

  • Prepare, file, and prosecute to issuance provisional and non-provisional patent applications.
  • Draft and review business contracts, including distribution, supply and manufacturing agreements, purchase agreements, licenses, non-disclosure agreements.
  • Prepare intellectual property related legal opinions on issues such as freedom to operate, ownership, infringement, and validity.
  • Perform patent related due diligence in commercial transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and licensing.
  • Communicate effectively with business areas, such as R&D, marketing, and sales on patent and trademark matters.
  • Draft, file and prosecute patent applications on behalf of company before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); provide legal representation in cases of patent infringement and related litigation matters. Conduct searches of prior art to evaluate whether an invention has been previously represented in the public domain and is patentable.
  • Review and draft contracts for the company (both general business related and intellectual property related) as assigned.
  • Keep fully informed of all new and/or evolving developments in patent and trademark law and keep executive management informed of applicable new laws, their impact on the organization, and the progress and results of court cases and/or legal opinions.
  • Develops operational policies and procedures for tracking, maintaining and updating legal documentation and records.
  • Selects, develops, and evaluates personnel to ensure the efficient operation of the function.
  • Regular attendance is an essential job function.
  • Will spend part of his/her time as a member of continuous improvement teams undertaking projects and seeking ways to improve the quality of KSI’s products and services.

ADDITIONAL RESPONSIBILITES: List other important functions that are secondary duties but may be time consuming.

  • Investigate and analyze competing products for possible infringement of KS patents; reporting findings to Senior KS Executive Management and KST Patent Management.
  • Manage coordination of relevant cross-company IP issues; providing feedback and recommendations to KS Executive Management and KST Patent Management, as appropriate.
  • Monitor and analyze competitive patents, reporting and making recommendations to Senior KS Executive Management and KST Patent Management, as appropriate.
  • Train and support key KS employees at various responsibility levels on patent search skills and techniques, and related patent claims interpretation, in and related to their particular specialty.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES: What does a person in this position need to be able to do?

  • Knowledge of state and federal laws governing intellectual property and patents.
  • Knowledge of patent related case law from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and U.S. District Courts, and experience in analyzing the patentability of inventions and the validity of patents, and drafting related opinions and or other legal documents.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret the most complex documents.  Ability to conduct complex and extensive research, write reports, legal briefs, business and legal correspondence.
  • Ability to use patent and trademark tracking software in order to track deadlines.
  • Knowledge of medical device quality system regulations and standards (eg, U.S. FDA Quality System Regulation 21CFR Part 820, ISO13485, ISO9001)

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  What is the usual educational background and work experience of an individual qualified to perform this job?

  • BA/BS degree (or equivalent training and experience) in scientific or engineering disciplines
  • J.D., member of CA or other State Bar; license to practice law in the state, required
  • Minimum of five years patent prosecution experience; plus registration to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Experience reviewing and drafting contracts is preferred
  • German language is a plus.

Contact
Online - Karl Storz - Open Goleta positions - Position #8492

Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Goleta, California

Patent Attorney / Agent – Law Firm – Austin, Texas

Abel Law Group, LLP is seeking a chemical/materials practitioner with 1+ years of experience. Successful candidate must be mature, have exceptional client handling skills, and be a pragmatic, results-oriented practitioner.

Candidate will have exposure to a wide variety of areas, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications, clearance/right to practice analyses, M&A due diligence, and invalidity and non-infringement opinion generation.  Preference given to candidates with in-house and private practice experience. The open position is for strong candidate seeking exposure beyond typical prep/prosecution duties.  Strong client handling skills are required as candidate will have direct client contact with sophisticated in-house counsel.

Above market average compensation available to the ideal candidate.

Abel Law Group, LLP is one of the largest IP firms in Austin, TX, and boasts a stellar support staff, a collegial, casual work environment, and strong benefits package.

Contact
To apply, please email hr@abel-ip.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Austin, Texas

Intellectual Property Associate / Patent Agent – Law Firm – Atlanta, Ga. or Austin, Texas

evershedsThe Intellectual Property group of Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP is seeking a patent agent or a second to fifth year associate with substantial experience in patent preparation and prosecution.  Excellent academics are required.  Candidate must be a member of the Patent Bar and have a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, or a closely related discipline.  Relevant technological experience with semiconductor processes and packaging, wireless (preferably with 802.11) communications, consumer products, software, cloud computing, network technologies, wireless technologies, wireless communications, and/or consumer electronics is preferred.

Contact
Please send a transcript with resume to LindsayYoung@eversheds-sutherland.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Atlanta, Georgia or Austin, Texas

Executive Director – Other – Washington, D.C.

auto-safetyThe Center for Auto Safety, the nation’s leading independent non-profit organization promoting auto safety, is seeking a new Executive Director in the wake of the passing of Clarence M. Ditlow III, who headed the group for over forty years. This opening presents a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual seeking to make a difference in the lives of millions of Americans.

Founded by Ralph Nader and Consumers Union in 1970, the Center for Auto Safety was a driving force urging the promulgation of safety standards mandating air bags and dramatically reducing rollover casualties, and has been responsible for urging the successful recall of millions of vehicles with safety defects such as General Motors ignition switches and Jeep fuel tanks.  For more information about the Center, please visit our website at www.autosafety.org.

About this Opportunity

The Center is a nonprofit consumer protection organization located in the heart of Washington, D.C., dedicated to preventing deaths and injuries from unsafe cars, trucks, and other vehicles, and protecting consumers from unfair and deceptive practices of the automobile, truck, recreational vehicle, and mobile home industries. Since 1970, it has been the leader in these fields, and is directly responsible for initiating investigations and other government and industry actions leading to the recall of millions of defective automobiles and trucks, as well as securing better motor vehicle safety standards and warranty protections for thousands of consumers.

It uses public advocacy, petitions to government agencies, litigation, Congressional testimony, the Freedom of Information Act, coalition building, media attention, and a host of other advocacy tools to accomplish its mission, and is one of the most effective public interest groups in the country. This is a premier opportunity for an innovative, creative, persistent and dynamic leader to influence public policy and public health.

Responsibilities

The Executive Director is the spokesperson for the Center and will be responsible for managing the organization and applying its expertise to auto safety related issues.  Primary responsibilities include:

  • Testifying before regulatory agencies and Congressional committees and  participating in top level meetings with government officials;
  • Developing research based public policy positions;
  • Conducting press conferences on critical issues as well as being the primary contact for national print, broadcast and social media outlets;
  • Preparing comments on regulatory actions, press releases, and statements outlining the Center’s position on a wide variety of auto safety issues;
  • Monitoring industry developments and practices, safety statistics, new technology – including autonomous vehicles –  legislation and regulatory activity;
  • Conducting research to uncover hidden defects, systemic industry problems, and dangers posed by deficient automotive designs, technologies and manufacturing;
  • Developing and executing education and advocacy campaigns;
  • Working closely with organizations having shared interests such as Consumers Union, Public Citizen, the Consumer Federation of America and Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety;
  • Coordinating legal efforts to enhance state and federal vehicle safety laws and regulations;
  • Assisting in the research, editing and publication of The Car Book.

The Executive Director is also responsible for the many typical management and administrative responsibilities inherent in leading a successful advocacy organization including:

  • Staffing, financial management, website, contracts, insuring that accounting and auditing tasks are in place; and,
  • Conducting membership fund raising campaigns, developing grant proposals and soliciting funding from individual and organizational sources.

Qualifications/Benefits

Candidates must have strong writing and oral advocacy skills.  A law degree and degree in engineering are highly preferred.  Comparable experience in a related technical field will be considered.  Experience working in a non-profit advocacy organization is important, and managing staff and raising financial support is essential, as is proficiency in generating, analyzing and using computerized data and social media. We are looking for a resourceful, creative, determined individual who will continue and enhance the important work of the Center.

Salary is competitive with other public interest groups and dependent on level of experience; benefits include health insurance, disability insurance, life insurance, pension benefits, liberal sick and vacation leave.  The Center is an equal opportunity employer.

Contact
To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@autosafety.org.  All applications should be submitted by the close of business on April 15, 2017.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Other
Job Location: Washington, DC

Associate Attorney – Law Firm – New York, N.Y.

Florek & Endres PLLC, a New York intellectual property law firm, seeks associate attorney for a full range of intellectual property work, with particular emphasis on drafting and prosecuting patent applications, preparing patent opinions and legal research and writing.  Some trademark prosecution, opinions and opposition/cancellation actions in the United States Patent and Trademark Office are also anticipated.

A pharmaceutical, chemical or chemical engineering degree and Bar membership are required. Registration as a U.S. Patent Attorney is required, but may be obtained after hiring.

The position calls for good writing skills, attention to detail, the ability to complete assignments on time, a positive attitude and a desire to learn.

Contact
Candidates with 0-3 years of experience are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to fe@feiplaw.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: New York, New York

Lateral IP Partner (Trademarks or Patents) – Law Firm – Multiple Locations

lozaLoza & Loza LLP, a fast growing and dynamic intellectual property practice, is seeking attorneys with a proven record of client development who are interested in a lateral move.

Firm Culture: Our firm is made up of experienced, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial attorneys, and we hope to add similar attorneys to our team. We have a cohesive group of attorneys with unsurpassed technical expertise and work quality. Attorneys set their own work schedule and hourly rate(s), and there is no minimum hourly requirement. Our attorneys choose their own balance between work and family/social life. This is a great opportunity for those who pride themselves in providing excellent work quality and client service. Client development is also supported and encouraged by the firm.

Compensation: Our firm has one of the most generous compensation structures in the industry, matching or exceeding large firm compensation, for attorneys who are self-sustaining.  Additionally, we have a yearly profit-sharing plan that rewards client origination.

Qualifications: We are looking for attorneys who have a proven record of client development and at least 4 years of IP law firm experience. A portable book of business is preferred.  Expertise in patent law (any technical expertise), trademark law, and/or IP litigation is sought.  At least one state bar license and good standing is required. Ideal candidate is a self-starter and a proactive problem solver who can work autonomously and handle significant client contact. Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to interface with clients is required.

Offices: Loza & Loza has attorneys throughout the US and is looking to add more in all major US cities/markets.  Telecommuting is also available.

Contact
To apply, please email Shirley Hsu at careers@lozaip.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Multiple locations, including telecommute

Patent Counsel – Other – Washington, D.C.

cciaCCIA, a leading Washington, DC-based technology trade association, seeks a patent counsel to join its team. The Patent Policy Counsel will become an integral part of the Association’s IP policy group. Job duties will include, but not be limited to:

  • advancing the Association’s patent policy agenda, including working with CCIA member companies and other Association personnel in:
    • regular authorship of patent-related communications, including advocacy and analyses for Association members and in the public, including articles, posts, papers and commentary on patent law and policy;
    • preparation of filings and appellate briefs in relevant proceedings aimed at advancing the Association’s patent policy advocacy;
    • direction and daily management of, and writing for the Association’s online patent litigation resource;
    • acting as spokesperson on patent law and policy; and
    • supporting the Association’s legislative advocacy on patent policy (lobbyist registration may be required).
  • day-to-day management of the Association’s patent communications efforts, including web and social media presence. This includes rapid and regular production of commentary and analyses, litigation resource management, tracking high-profile litigation and working with the Association’s IP group.
  • coordinating with CCIA member companies in developing the Association’s patent policy positions.

Qualifications: Minimum 7 years relevant work experience. The ideal candidate possesses:

  • IP practice experience, with a deep understanding of patent law and the USPTO;
  • relevant policy or advocacy experience;
  • self-starting personality and willingness to interact with and work with the media;
  • excellent writing and communication skills.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Contact
Please send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements and a writing sample to: jobs@ccianet.org. This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Other
Job Location: Washington, DC

Fellow / VAP – Education – Newark, N.J.

seton-hallSeton Hall University Law School is looking for a one-year Fellow / VAP to help cover IP and cyberlaw courses and to assist in the administration of our Gibbons Institute of Law, Science & Technology.  The subject matter in IP is somewhat flexible, but we will definitely need someone who can cover some Internet law courses and possibly other courses.  The work with our Gibbons Institute will involve helping plan and execute IP-related programs for academia and the bench and bar.  The Fellow / VAP will also have an opportunity to work on his or her own research and to participate in faculty colloquia and other research-related activities.  At this time the position is only for one year, although renewal for an additional year might be possible.  Seton Hall University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. It honors diversity and respects the religious commitments of all employees. In turn, its employees respect Catholic beliefs and values, and they support its mission as a Catholic institution of higher education.

Contact
Interested candidates should send a c.v. and cover letter to Prof. David Opderbeck and Prof. Gaia Bernstein and at gaia.bernstein@shu.edu and david.opderbeck@shu.edu.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Education
Job Location: Newark, New Jersey

Patent Attorney or Patent Agent – Law Firm – Houston / The Woodlands, Texas

Tumey LLP is an Intellectual Property law firm looking for patent agents and patent attorneys in our Houston and Woodlands area offices.  We are looking for both recent graduates with little to no experience as well as experienced patent attorneys/patent agents.

Contact
To apply, please email Marisa Robinson at mrobinson@tumeyllp.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Houston or The Woodlands, Texas

Foreign Filing Administrator – Law Firm – Troy, Mich.

reisingReising Ethington P.C. is looking for a full-time patent foreign filing administrator.

Candidate Requirements:

  • The candidate must be very organized, be able to work independently while still being part of a larger team, be a clear and effective communicator, take responsibility for a large number of files, and have good familiarity with domestic and/or foreign patent filing processes and systems.

Job Requirements:

  • Create and send instructions to foreign associates for filing foreign patent applications
  • Gather the necessary filing documents and file PCT applications at the USPTO Receiving Office
  • Monitor and manage the foreign filing docket, including prioritizing cases based on filing deadlines, amounts of lead time needed, particularities of each case, etc.
  • Process large volumes of incoming communications from various foreign associates, respond to the foreign associates, and properly document such communications
  • Communicate in a timely and effective way with different attorneys and/or assistants within the firm regarding the status of the foreign cases

About Reising Ethington P.C.:
Since its founding in Detroit in 1865, Reising Ethington has specialized solely in the practice of intellectual property (IP) law.  Areas of expertise include IP prosecution and litigation, managing worldwide patent and trademark portfolios, trade secrets, licensing and other IP-related agreements.  The firm represents some of the world's most innovative and foremost IP owners: automotive manufacturers and suppliers, medical technology companies, aerospace companies, universities, industrial equipment makers, robotics companies, and consumer product companies.

Reising Ethington makes it a priority to attract great employees and to keep them.  This is evidenced by the professionalism and long term stability of our work force, from our attorneys to our staff.  In addition to competitive wages, we offer many other benefits including, but certainly not limited to, competitive health care coverage, paid time off and a profit sharing plan for retirement.

If you meet the requirements above and believe that you would be a great long term contribution to our team, we would love to hear from you.

Contact
To apply, please email Henriett Strebe at STREBE@REISING.COM.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Troy, Michigan

Lateral IP Partner (Patents/Trademarks/IP Litigation) – Law Firm – Multiple Locations

lozaLoza & Loza, LLP's fast growing and dynamic intellectual property practice is seeking attorneys with a book of business who are interested in a lateral move.

Firm Culture: Our firm includes experienced, tech-savvy, entrepreneurial attorneys, and we hope to add similar attorneys to our team. We have a cohesive group of attorneys with unsurpassed technical  expertise and work quality. Attorneys set their own work schedule and hourly rate(s), and there is no minimum hourly requirement. Our attorneys choose their own balance between work and family/social life. This is a great opportunity for attorneys who pride themselves in providing excellent work quality and client service.  Client development is also supported and encouraged by the firm.

Compensation: Our firm has one of the most generous compensation structures in the industry, matching or exceeding large firm compensation, for attorneys who are self-sustaining.  Additionally, we have a yearly profit-sharing plan that rewards client origination.

Qualifications: We are looking for attorneys who have a proven record of client development and at least 4 years of IP law firm experience.  A portable book of business of approximately $100K/year or more is required.  Expertise in patent law (any technical expertise), trademark law, and/or IP litigation is sought.  At least one state bar license and good standing required, and USPTO Patent Bar registration preferred. Ideal candidate is a self-starter and a proactive problem solver who can work autonomously and handle significant client contact. Excellent interpersonal skills and the demonstrated ability to interface with clients is required.

Offices: Loza & Loza has attorneys throughout the US and is looking to add more in the major US cities/markets.  Telecommuting is also available.

Contact
Please email resumes and size of portable book of business to careers@lozaip.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Multiple locations

Patent Counsel (Physical Sciences) – Education – West Lafayette, Ind.

purdueThe Purdue Research Foundation, Office of Technology Commercialization has an opening for a Patent Counsel with a focus on the Physical Sciences. The Patent Counsel will be responsible to: perform prompt and competent completion of analyses of intellectual property protection and strategies to enable timely technology transfer of Purdue intellectual property; work cooperatively with Purdue inventors and Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) licensing staff to evaluate technology-based innovations for appropriate intellectual property protection; draft patent applications and present applications to US Patent and Trademark Office and copyright registrations to US Copyright Office for the benefit of Purdue; prosecute patent applications with respect to all aspects of patent law, including preparing formal communications and responses to national patent offices, conducting examiner interviews and related prosecution activities for the benefit of Purdue; and engage and manage outside counsel on patent prosecution matters including coordinate, manage and account for budget expenditures associated with all assigned project-related activities.

Requirements include:

  • JD required.
  • Master’s degree required in Engineering, Physics, Computer Science or a related field.
  • Patent practice experience in physical sciences required.
  • Two to four years of direct patent drafting and prosecution experience before US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Registered with US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Member of Indiana or a reciprocating state Bar in good standing.
  • Strong working knowledge of intellectual property transactions including licensing required.
  • Knowledge of technology transfer within industry and/or academia.
  • Strong diplomatic skills.
  • Legal contract comprehension and hands-on patent prosecution experience preferred.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, computer, written/verbal communication skills.
  • Commitment to higher education and the values of scientific research and discovery for societal benefit.
  • Occasional travel required.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

Contact
If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at humanresources@prf.org. View the full posting online at http://prf.org/careers.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Education
Job Location: West Lafayette, Indiana

Technology Specialist / Patent Agent (IP Group) – Law Firm – Multiple Locations

steptoeSteptoe, an AmLaw 100 firm, seeks a Technology Specialist or Patent Agent to join our IP Group in one of the Washington, New York, Palo Alto, and Chicago offices. Duties include working with clients to identify inventions, assisting attorneys in preparing and prosecuting patent applications, assisting attorneys in patent searching and patent analysis, and providing technical assistance to attorneys in IP litigation and IP transaction. Strong academic credentials, as well as outstanding organizational, interpersonal and writing skills, are required. Ideal candidates will have (1) an advanced degree in biology, biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, or chemistry, or (2) an advanced degree or work experience in electrical engineering or computer science. Patent Bar admission is desirable, but not required. If interested, please submit an online application here.

Steptoe is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by law.

Contact
To apply, please visit this website: http://apply.steptoe.com/viRecruitSelfApply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=5&FilterJobCategoryID=2&FilterJobID=13.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; Palo Alto, California; or Chicago, Illinois

Life Sciences Patent Litigation Associate – Law Firm – Multiple Locations

steptoeSteptoe, an AmLaw 100 firm, seeks a Life Sciences Patent Litigation Associate to join its rapidly growing IP practice in either New York, DC, Palo Alto, or Chicago.  Ideal candidates will have 1-4 years of experience in life sciences/pharmaceutical patent litigation with a bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree in biology, molecular biology, immunology, pharmacology, biochemistry, or chemistry.  Strong academic credentials, as well as outstanding organizational, interpersonal, and writing skills, are required.  If interested, please submit an online application here.

Steptoe is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by law.

Contact
To apply, please visit this website: http://apply.steptoe.com/viRecruitSelfApply/ReDefault.aspx?FilterREID=5&FilterJobCategoryID=2&FilterJobID=14.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: New York, New York; Washington, D.C.; Palo Alto, California; or Chicago, Illinois

Patent Agent / Patent Attorney – Small Corporation – Multiple Locations

Bija Capital Advisors, LLC., a boutique IP Strategy and Development firm, is seeking a patent attorney or patent agent to join our team. Candidates must have at least a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related field, and candidates with at least three to five years of domestic patent prosecution experience in these fields with a top law firm are preferred.

Our atmosphere is charged with energy, as we strive to help our clients develop top quality IP portfolios for their exciting, dynamic businesses. We work across a wide range of interesting technology areas for both start up and large corporate clients.

The primary responsibility of this position is to prepare the highest quality draft patent applications for our clients. This role places the candidate between the inventors and marquis outside counsel IP law firms who we partner with to file and prosecute the patent applications.

Applicants must have strong writing skills and a willingness to learn, and need to be interested in being part of a rapidly growing, exciting and unique opportunity. The successful candidate is a flexible self-starter, is well organized, and has a can-do attitude. The person in this position is preferably already licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

This is a full-time, exempt position and is intended to be located in either the Boston or the Tampa/Clearwater area.  Telecommuting/relocation is also an option. Travel is required.

Contact
Applicants can send a copy of their resume, law and engineering transcripts and cover letter to recruiting@bijacapital.com. No recruiters please.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: Boston, Massachusetts; Tampa, Florida; or telecommute

Patent Attorney/Agent/Engineer – Law Firm – Houston, Texas (Updated)

 Pramudji Law Group PLLCPramudji Law Group PLLC, a Houston-based IP boutique law firm, is seeking a patent agent/patent attorney/engineer with a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electronics or Physics.

Candidates must have strong writing skills and willingness to learn.  Experience with patent preparation and prosecution is preferred but not required.  Experience with microprocessor core design or system on chips is also preferred but not required.

This position may be part-time or full-time.  Flexible compensation structure and flexible hours. Our firm atmosphere is relaxed, collaborative and friendly. Telecommuting is also an option.  No recruiters please.

Contact
Interested applicants should send their resume and transcripts to ari.pramudji@pro-ip.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Houston, Texas

Patent Attorney / Agent – Law Firm – Des Moines, Iowa

logoMcKee, Voorhees & Sease seeks a full-time associate patent attorney or a patent agent to join its growing Mechanical Practice Group in its Des Moines office.  Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or a related field, and are preferably registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Candidates will be considered who demonstrate a strong knowledge of patent prosecution in the mechanical and/or electrical fields. Candidates must possess excellent academic credentials and strong research, writing, communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.  Candidates having 1-3 years of experience in patent prosecution in this field are preferred.

Since 1924, McKee, Voorhees & Sease, P.L.C. (“MVS”) has been Iowa’s pre-eminent intellectual property boutique law firm. We strive to help our clients obtain and protect their intellectual property rights through patents, trademark, and copyright registrations; representing our clients in transactional work such as licensing when these rights are transferred; and litigating when these rights are involved in controversy. With 17 attorneys, several patent agents, and technical specialists, and a strong support staff, MVS is a full-service intellectual property boutique providing attorneys and agents with a collegial atmosphere, training and mentoring, and a competitive salary and benefits package.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact
Please send resume in confidence to Luke T. Mohrhauser via email at luke.mohrhauser@ipmvs.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Des Moines, Iowa

Assistant General Counsel (Patents & Trade Secrets) – Large Corporation – Portland, Ore.

nikeNike seeks an experienced patent lawyer to serve as its Assistant General Counsel – Patents & Trade Secrets, reporting directly to Nike’s Chief Patent Counsel.  In this role, you will be responsible for providing strategic patent and legal advice to Nike’s business and innovation teams on a global scale.  You will collaborate with professionals managing Nike’s patent portfolios and support Nike’s IP litigation and transactions teams on patent issues as needed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Advising senior management, technical and business stakeholders on patent matters
  • Setting and implementing a patent strategy for Nike’s latest innovations
    • Interacting with patent offices throughout the world in order to accelerate the issuance of Nike’s patented innovations
  • Managing outside patent counsel both domestically and globally
  • Developing, coordinating and reviewing patent research and analysis projects, including prior art searches, competitive intelligence, landscapes, patentability analyses, portfolio analyses, infringement/non-infringement analyses, validity/invalidity analyses
  • Coordinating and managing patent committees
  • Setting and implementing patent policies
  • Developing and implementing internal systems and processes for managing Nike’s IP
  • Leading in-house patent professionals in managing patent harvesting and prosecution
  • Spearheading internal education initiatives and trainings related to patents
  • Managing freedom to operate projects
  • Conducting patent purchase due diligence and collaborating on patent acquisition transactions
  • Conducting trade secret audits, implementing trade secret protection measures, training innovation and business groups about trade secret best practices, providing trade secret advice and counseling
  • International travel as needed
  • Providing such other IP support as needed

Qualifications

  • A Juris Doctorate degree
  • USPTO membership
  • A technical degree recognized by the USPTO
  • Proven leader with 10+ years of experience in patent and IP matters
  • Experience managing teams of IP professionals
  • Registered and in good standing with at least one State Bar
  • Experience in a corporate legal environment, on a global scale, preferred
  • Excellent oral communication and presentation skills required
  • Superior organization and project management skills
  • Strong communication skills with innovators, technologists and senior business leaders
  • Strong interpersonal skills; a team player able to establish and build partnerships at all levels of the innovation and legal community
  • Must have the ability to multi-task, manage multiple priorities, and deliver results in a fast-paced environment
  • Needs to be a hands on “doer” with the ability to work independently
  • The ability to work across multiple time zones with Nike employees and partners in the U.S., Europe, and Asia

Contact
To apply, please visit this website: http://jobs.nike.com/portland/legal/jobid10538192-assistant-general-counsel-patents-.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Portland, Oregon

The heart of Nike is built around one simple idea -- innovate.  Whether that innovation is called Nike Air or Nike Free or Nike Flyknit, the principle is the same: think something that nobody has thought before and create product that is uniquely innovative and uniquely Nike. So take chances.  Think bigger than the next achiever.  Just know one thing.  The more you succeed, the higher we’ll raise the bar.

Associate Counsel (IP Policy) – Other – Washington, D.C.

bioBiotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) is the world's largest trade association representing biotechnology companies, academic institutions, state biotechnology centers and related organizations across the United States and in more than 30 other nations. BIO members are involved in the research and development of innovative healthcare, agricultural, industrial and environmental biotechnology products.

The Associate Counsel, IP Policy, will conduct legal research and analysis on a wide range of intellectual property and technology transfer matters, and will participate in the development and implementation of BIO’s advocacy at the state, federal and international levels.

Responsibilities will include analysis of judicial or agency decisions, and proposed legislation or regulations; preparation and review of public comments, testimony, presentations, press releases, amicus briefs, and other official BIO statements; operational support for BIO's IP-related committees; managing communications with IP professionals at BIO’s member companies; advising BIO’s policy and advocacy departments on IP matters and assuming primary responsibility for policy development in selected areas; developing IP-related educational content for BIO-organized meetings and publications; representing BIO’s IP interests in advocacy meetings and at public events; and coordinating BIO's technology transfer priorities.

A law degree, admission to a state bar, and admission to the patent bar are required. A life sciences degree in a relevant field is expected. The ideal candidate should have 5 or more years of work or equivalent experience, preferably 2 or more years as a patent lawyer in a corporate, law firm, or government practice.

Experience with technology transfer and IP licensing, and a solid basic understanding of the drug, biologic, and agricultural regulatory processes will be a plus. Experience in the biotechnology industry highly valued.

The candidate must have an ability to present complex information in succinct and accessible form, must display an aptitude for credible advocacy, and be a personable, strong communicator who develops and maintains constructive relationships with relevant stakeholders in government, industry, and civil society.

Contact
To apply, please email Julia McGrath at hr@bio.org.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Other
Job Location: Washington, D.C.