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 – Law Firm – Multiple Locations

logoSchwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. is looking for qualified patent attorneys having strong technical skills in computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or, with an advanced degree, chemistry. We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in drafting and prosecuting patent applications for wireless-related and software-related inventions. Suitable candidates will have 2+ years of experience in patent drafting and prosecution. SLW offers a family-friendly work environment with competitive salaries. Positions are available in the Minneapolis, San Jose and Austin, as well as satellite locations across the country for attorneys with 5+ years of experience.

Contact
Apply online at the firm's website by visiting this link: http://www.slwip.com/join_us/openings.html.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota; San Jose, California; or Austin, Texas

Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. provides intellectual property services for emerging and established corporations and research institutions. The firm was ranked first in overall patent quality by PatentRankings, LLC, as reported in IP Law & Business for three years in a row, with top-ten rankings in chemical, biotech, computers/electrical and medical patents. Since its inception in 1993, the firm has grown to over 110 patent attorneys, representing a spectrum of Fortune 500 companies that are leaders in high technology. The firm focuses on preparation and prosecution of patent application, post grant procedures and patent analytics.

Senior Patent Engineer (Semiconductor) – 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 patents 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.

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. The critical responsibility of this person 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 Vice President, 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

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Experience with client engagements in explaining highly technical subject matter
  • Experience with reverse engineering and reviewing evidence of use
  • Patent Attorney or Agent viewed favorably
  • Doctor of Philosophy viewed favorably
  • Management and supervisory experience viewed favorably
  • Involvement in patent issues including prosecution, litigation, and valuation viewed favorably

Technical Skills

  • Broad expertise in electrical and electronic architecture, design, and implementation of areas such as:
    • Processors (e.g., standalone, embedded, multi-core, SoC)
    • Memory (e.g., DRAM, Flash)
    • Analog (e.g., ADC/DAC, PLL) and clock management
    • Interfaces (e.g., PCIe, high speed serial connectivity, bus architectures)
    • Power management ICs
    • FPGA systems
  • Strong familiarity with:
    • Wireless design/data path (e.g., NFC, Bluetooth, 801.11)
    • Semiconductor manufacturing (e.g., fabrication process, packaging, assembly, and test)
    • Standards and architectures (e.g., JEDEC, x86, ARM)
  • 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%2FoprW4fwA.

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

Senior Patent Engineer (Wireless) – 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 patents 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.

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 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 Electrical Engineering or Computer Science
  • Experience with client engagements in explaining highly technical subject matter
  • Experience with reverse engineering and reviewing evidence of use
  • Previous experience in a wireless engineering role with a focus on designing, implementing, and testing wireless products or services
  • Patent Attorney or Agent viewed favorably
  • Master’s degree or Doctor of Philosophy in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science viewed favorably
  • Management and supervisory experience  viewed favorably
  • Involvement in patent issues including prosecution, litigation, and valuation viewed favorably

Technical Skills

  • Broad expertise in various aspects of wireless technologies from access and attachment to delivery of services over a wireless network
  • Familiarity with wireless-centric services such as IoT, infotainment/telematics, mobile payments, media streaming and location-based services
  • Strong familiarity with communication protocols and standards (e.g., 3GPP LTE and LTE-A, 802.11, Bluetooth, NFC)
  • Strong familiarity with products and services that utilize or provide wireless technologies, such as baseband chipsets, smartphones, access points, base stations and core network platforms
  • 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%2FomvX4fwC.

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

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 & IP Attorney or Patent Agent – Law Firm – San Jose, Calif.

Hickman Palermo Becker Bingham LLP, a growing Silicon Valley transactional IP firm, is seeking an associate attorney to provide top-quality patent preparation and prosecution services for exceptional high-tech clients in the areas of computer software, Internet technologies, networking, and semiconductors. Our firm represents several Fortune 100 companies and well-known mid-cap and startup companies who come to us for our exceptional IP legal services. We provide a team-oriented and collegial working environment with an ongoing attorney training program that is second to none. Your responsibilities will primarily include patent preparation and prosecution and possibly opinions, pre-litigation counseling, trademark prosecution, and licensing.

We prefer 2+ years relevant law experience. We require an undergraduate degree in computer science, electrical engineering, computer systems engineering, computer engineering, or physics. Much of our patent work involves complex software and computer systems inventions, so substantial familiarity in software design and engineering is a must. Technical subject matter may include databases, network protocols, 3D graphics, internet search, social networking, grid computing, user authentication and cryptography, digital video, email processing, semiconductor devices and processing, and other cutting-edge technologies.

State bar admission and USPTO admission in good standing are a plus. We offer a complete, competitive benefits package.

Contact
Apply by emailing the firm at: attorney-position1@h35g.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: San Jose, California

Patent Agent – Law Firm – Palo Alto, Calif.

perkinsThe Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie is seeking a patent agent with 2+ years of experience to join its growing Patent Prosecution group. Candidates must have a degree in electrical engineering or computer science, a strong academic record, and admission to practice before the USPTO.

Contact
To apply, please click on this link: https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/about-us/careers/professional-staff/job-listings/patent-agent-job-s20170202-palo-alto-ca.html and attach your cover letter, resume, transcripts and a technical writing sample.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Palo Alto, California

Patent Prosecution Associate – Law Firm – Palo Alto, Calif.

perkinsThe Palo Alto office of Perkins Coie is seeking an associate with 2-4 years of experience to join its growing Patent Prosecution group. Candidates must have excellent academic credentials and patent prosecution experience at an AmLaw100 law firm. To be considered, you must have a degree in electrical engineering or computer science and must be admitted to the USPTO. California bar members strongly preferred.

Contact
To apply, please click on this link: https://www.perkinscoie.com/en/about-us/careers/laterals/job-listings/patent-prosecution-associate-job-a20170202-palo-alto-ca.html and attach your cover letter, resume, undergraduate, graduate (if applicable) and law school transcripts, and a technical writing sample.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Palo Alto, California

Patent Attorney / Agent – Law Firm – Flexible

fialaFiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. is seeking part-time and full-time patent attorneys and agents to assist us with our growing practice. Opportunities are available primarily for preparation and prosecution work for a variety of clients in the electrical, electro-mechanical, software, and Internet technology areas. Persons with law firm experience and/or tech industry experience, as well as present and former Examiners, are all encouraged to apply. We offer excellent compensation and a relaxed work environment. Inquiries are treated in absolute confidence. Portable business is not required. Applicants may be remotely located. USPTO registration (in good standing) is preferred. Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or related field is desired, and advanced degrees and/or industry experience in these areas are a plus.

Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. provides intellectual property services to companies of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. The firm has received numerous international accolades, including perennial inclusion in the industry standard rankings of Intellectual Asset Magazine. Most recently, both founding partners and the law firm itself were honored to be included in the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.

Contact
Interested applicants should email their resumes to careers@fwiplaw.com (Attn: Christine Hartness).

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Flexible

Patent Attorney / Agent – Law Firm – Los Angeles or San Francisco, Calif.

arentArent Fox LLP has two positions open for a patent agent or attorney with 2-5+ years of experience in patent preparation and prosecution for their San Francisco or Los Angeles office. Candidates must possess a 4 year degree in electrical or computer engineering. Experience with telecommunication, circuit transistor, and layout circuit technologies is a plus. Membership to the Patent Bar is required. Candidates must possess strong writing skills, excellent academic credentials, and a desire to excel in a law firm environment.

Contact
Please submit resume, transcripts (undergraduate and graduate), at least one office action writing sample, and at least one patent application writing sample to lauren.battaglia@arentfox.com. Arent Fox LLP offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits, and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Los Angeles, California or San Francisco, California

Med Tech Associate – Law Firm – Palo Alto, Calif.

cooleyCooley LLP is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with 3-6 years of substantive patent prosecution experience to join our busy life science patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation practice.

Duties include but are not limited to: conducting prior art database searches for patentability and freedom to operate analyses; preparing and prosecuting patent applications; patent prosecution counseling; due diligence support; and litigation support.

3-6 years of substantive patent prosecution experience. An undergraduate or graduate degree in mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, or bioelectrical engineering, or a graduate degree in chemistry or the biological sciences is required.  USPTO registration is required.

Contact
Please see website for other current openings: https://www.cooley.com/careers/lawyers.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Palo Alto, California

Patent Agent – Law Firm – Palo Alto, Calif.

cooleyCooley LLP is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual with substantive industry experience and a Ph.D. in biotechnology or a related field to join our busy life science focused patent counseling, prosecution, and litigation practice.

Duties include but are not limited to: conduct prior art database searches for patentability and freedom to operate analyses; analyze patent and scientific papers and documents to assist patent attorneys on patent prosecution, counseling, and litigation; draft patent applications and responses to office actions; and advise lawyers on technology issues in preparation for depositions.

Ph.D. in biotechnology or a related field required. Must have superb technical, written and verbal communication skills in English. Broad scientific knowledge in chemistry required. Individual must possess initiative, be a fast learner, and work well with others. Must be eligible to sit for the USPTO registration exam and otherwise meet the requirements for registration as a patent agent. Law school tuition assistance available to patent agent candidates. EOE.

Contact
Please see website for other current openings: https://www.cooley.com/careers/lawyers.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Palo Alto, California

E.E. Circuit / Semiconductor / Telecommuting – Law Firm – Nationwide

hauptmanHauptman & Ham, LLP, an intellectual property law firm located in Northern Virginia, seeks experienced candidates for its patent prosecution practice due to rapid growth.  Capability in all aspects of semiconductor and circuit technology is a must.  Versatility in other technical areas is a plus.

Candidates will preferably have capabilities consistent with at least 3 years of experience as an agent or attorney in patent prosecution.  Industry experience working in the semiconductor area and Chinese language ability is advantageous.  The key attributes of a successful candidate for this position are talent, insight, attention to detail and outstanding writing ability.

The firm offers a relaxed environment with a very competitive salary, benefits and bonus structure, and an interstate telecommuting option for the right candidate.  The firm’s unique structure provides a fulfilling and rewarding career opportunity for interested applicants.

Contact
To apply, please email recruiting311@ipfirm.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Nationwide

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

Senior Vice President (IP Asset Management) – Small Corporation – San Francisco, Calif. or Salt Lake City, Utah

clairvolexClairvolex Inc. is seeking a business management function to lead a business unit by planning and executing all items related to work, resources, quality, and client relationships. The person will report to the Business Head on all matters of business to ensure execution of the yearly goals as per the plan.

(Candidates must be open to travelling. Can expect at least 6 international travels and several domestic US travels every year. Preferred candidates who are willing to relocate the San Francisco or Salt Lake City. Social skills, networking capabilities, open to work in multi-cultural & diverse sensitivities and orientation.)

Job Responsibilities

A. Client Management:

This is a primarily a customer facing role. The candidate is expected to manage more than one strategic IPAM accounts. Each account will have 500-3000 patent applications (assets) under management. The management oversight will be run through a program management office PMO, led by candidate. This PMO shall directly interface with the portfolio development manager at the customer end (typically a patent attorney). Consequently, the following functions are critical to this role:

  1. Portfolio development strategy & articulation
  2. Designing & executing customer specific portfolio specific guidelines
  3. Timely customer communication
  4. Governance
  5. OC relationship
  6. Customer to EC knowledge transition

B. Asset Management:

  1. Oversee all prosecution functions for large scale application portfolios (1000+ assets)
  2. Tasks the team performs include both paralegal and patent engineer tasks.
    • On the paralegal side: docketing, IDS management, invoice processing, form preparation.
    • On the patent engineer side: drafting office action responses. This work is done independently, i.e., candidate must be able to oversee this with minimal intervention.
  3. Ensure flawless delivery of product to OCs and clients
  4. Attend governance calls and manage all outside counsel
  5. Communicate with OCs and manage OC workflow
  6. Ensure technical background is appropriate to client work (a high tech background could not oversee a pharmaceutical portfolio)
  7. Perfect understanding of US prosecution process required. Knowledge of European process desirable. Knowledge of patent process in China, Korea, Japan, and India a plus.

C. Quality Oversight and Team Mentoring

  1. Review and quality control responses to offices actions issued by USPTO and drafted by the Patent Engineers.
  2. Wherever necessary, and in complex cases, hands-on draft office action responses.
  3. Responsible for instructing the US outside counsels in regard to filing response to office actions, Examiner interviews, preparing and filing continuations, and matters connected with prosecution of US patent applications until grant.
  4. In conjunction with the European Outside Counsels, review and supervise the responses to office actions issued by the EPO and drafted by the Patent Engineers.
  5. Train, coach and mentor patent engineers to write high quality office action responses.
  6. Offer technical support, subject matter expertise and portfolio development strategy advice to the team.
  7. Develop training materials and offer training to Clairvolex employees, and patent engineers in particular.
  8. Support through rendering subject matter expertise to the IPMS (IP Management Service) team – a large group of paralegals handling a variety of functions for multiple large in-house corporate IP operations.

D. Business Support & Client Relationship

  1. Responsible for customer relations management relative to prosecution functions.
  2. When required travel to client facilities for on-site reviews.
  3. When required attend potential customer meetings and reviews.
  4. Contribute to CLRC (Clairvolex Learning & Research Center) occasional articles, research papers and/or research in-put (not-mandatory).
  5. Provide business support including by offering online presentations, attending conference calls to render presentations on service lines and related processes, making client specific proposals, obtaining client references (if and when specifically required) and providing case studies.

Other Details:

Educational/professional qualifications: US Patent Attorney; Admitted to practice law in the United States and qualified US patent bar examination and eligible to practice patents before the USPTO. Must possess an EE degree from a reputed US university with deep course work on telecommunication technologies and JD from a well-credentialed law school.

Experience: 14-16 years of experience in an IP law firm or the patent practice of a general practice law firm. Should have handled a large volume of patent preparation and prosecution matters relating to electrical, communications, semi-conductors, microprocessors and computer software related inventions.

Contact
To apply, please email Abha Jaiswal at abha.jaiswal@clairvolex.com.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: San Francisco, California or Salt Lake City, Utah

Patent Associates / Agents – Law Firm – San Francisco, Calif. or Telecommute

Vierra Magen Marcus LLP, a nationally recognized and San Francisco based IP law firm, is seeking motivated attorneys/agents to represent the firm’s Fortune 500 and other clients. Due to our geographically diverse clientele and current telecommute technologies, we can accommodate attorneys and agents who want to work from home in locations outside of Northern California. We are alternatively willing to pay moving expenses to San Francisco. Candidates must have patent prosecution experience and a degree in EE, CS and/or Physics.

Firm Atmosphere: Vierra Magen was founded with the principles of providing top notch legal service to its large client base, while at the same time providing a friendly, collegial and relaxed environment for its attorneys, agents and staff. We remain true to these principals as we continue to grow. The firm has been ranked as the top boutique IP law firm in the nation by IP TodayTM.

Compensation: We provide a competitive base salary and benefits package. Our policy is to reward those reaching or exceeding the requested annual billed hours with a bonus, above and beyond the base salary. The bonus is based on a straight percentage of collected billings. Our attorneys choose their own balance between work and social life. Though by no means expected, those choosing to work “big firm" hours will be rewarded with net compensations schemes competitive with or exceeding those of big firms.

Firm Clients: Our clients include some of the largest and most technology-driven companies in the world, including Microsoft Corporation, SanDisk Corporation and CA Technologies, as well as a wide variety of smaller businesses and start-ups. These clients have come to rely on us for our detailed personal attention to their IP needs and our unsurpassed technical expertise. Each attorney at Vierra Magen is given close and direct client contact, including meeting with inventors and management, and working directly with inventors to prepare and file patent applications.

Mentoring: At Vierra Magen, we understand the importance of training and feedback. The firm provides each attorney with ample supervision, education and review of their work product to ensure development in the fundamentals and subtleties of patent practice.

Offices: Our offices are in the world-class Market Center buildings in the heart of downtown San Francisco, with views of the San Francisco Bay, Transamerica Building and financial district. If you don’t live in the Bay Area, we can accommodate attorneys/agents who would like to work from home.

Please, only those with patent prosecution experience in electronics and computer software need apply.

Contact
If you are interested in speaking with us about a position at Vierra Magen, please send your resume to: Hiring Partner, Vierra Magen Marcus LLP, 575 Market Street, Suite 3750, or email hiringpartner@vierramagen.com

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: San Francisco, California or Telecommute

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.

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

EE / CS Patent Litigation Associate – Law Firm – Multiple Locations

steptoeSteptoe, an AmLaw 100 firm, seeks an Electrical Engineering/Computer Science 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 patent litigation (District Court and/or International Trade Commission) with a degree in electrical engineering or computer science. 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.

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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.

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

Patent Agent – Law Firm – San Francisco, Calif.

baker-bottsBaker Botts L.L.P. is seeking an experienced Patent Agent. As part of the firm’s Intellectual Property team, this position is responsible for performing highly complex and sensitive client work requiring a high level of professional capability and skill. The primary responsibilities of this position include preparing draft patent applications and draft response to communications from the USPTO. This role assists attorneys in the delivery of quality legal services to clients in an efficient and cost effective manner. The person in this position should have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering, be a self-starter and have a can-do attitude, possess excellent administrative skills, must have excellent academic credentials, experience writing patent applications. The person in this position must be qualified to sit for the patent bar, and preferably already be 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 our Palo Alto or San Francisco Office.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Prepare draft patent applications in particular incorporating scientific aspects of inventions.
  • Prepare draft responses to communications from U.S. and foreign patent offices with regard to factual and other scientific matters.
  • Discuss the scientific aspects of inventions with clients and inventors and thereafter provide attorneys with a report on those discussions.
  • Communicate with, and act as liaison between, inventors and Patent & Trademark Office in connection with all aspects of patent application process.
  • Evaluate and report on the technological aspects of inventions and other scientific matters. Advise attorneys on general and specific technologies and investigate those technologies as needed.
  • Draft, organize, analyze, review and summarize documents.
  • Review and analyze client and other files.
  • Conduct regulatory and factual research.
  • Communicate face-to-face, by e-mail and by telephone with staff, clients, vendors, and PTO and agency personnel.
  • Coordinate workflow with outside service providers.
  • Organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints in an efficient and cost effective manner.
  • Identify and analyze complex patent issues and problems and implement solutions.
  • Interact professionally with clients, lawyers, and employees at all levels and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact while safeguarding confidentiality.
  • Provide direction and guidance to legal support staff on specific issues, as appropriate.
  • Stay abreast of technology trends and make recommendations regarding technology needs.
  • Undertake continuing education, and remain abreast of current patent prosecution issues and trends, as required to maintain appropriate accreditation in the field.
  • Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering preferred.
  • Qualified to sit for the patent bar, and preferably already be licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Advanced working knowledge of database research principles, methods, techniques, and resources.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and draw inferences from research findings, and prepare reports.
  • Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
  • Strong investigative and problem resolution skills.
  • Knowledge of principles, procedures, and standards for drafting a range of complex patent documentation in area of expertise.
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex factual, technical information.
  • Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
  • Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.
  • Advanced oral and written communication skills.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging developments and trends within area of expertise.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints.
  • Ability to learn and capably use various software packages.
  • Ability to operate standard office equipment.
  • Knowledge of and use of time management and project management strategies.
  • Ability to facilitate individual and group meetings.
  • Ability to understand and comply with confidentiality issues and ethical responsibilities.
  • Ability to travel to private and public buildings via private or public conveyance to assist in attending to client needs on legal matters.
  • Within the resident office, there is daily contact with partners, associates, paralegals, and office personnel at all levels. There is a moderate amount of contact with these same groups in other offices.
  • Outside the Firm, there is a moderate amount of contact with clients, vendor representatives and agency personnel.
  • Additional hours will be required when necessary to meet established deadlines or stay current with occasional peaks in workload. Flexibility in working overtime evenings and weekends as required by assigned or overflow work.
  • May require local and out of town travel.
  • If resident office is San Francisco, may require regular travel to the Palo Alto office.

Baker Botts L.L.P. is a Federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer. Baker Botts is subject to Executive Order 11246 and is required to take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities. Baker Botts considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, gender, sex, age, religion, creed, national origin, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, gender identity or expression, genetic information or any other basis protected by federal, state or local laws.

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To apply, please visit this website: http://www.bakerbotts.com/careers/professional-staff.

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Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: San Francisco, California