Patent Attorney – Large Corporation – Redmond, Wash.

Logo Microsoft is seeking to hire an patent attorney to work in its Redmond, Washington, offices. Put your experience as a patent attorney to great use as a member of Microsoft’s Patent Group, managing patent portfolio development with various Microsoft business divisions, and overseeing key relationships with Microsoft’s outside counsel. Microsoft provides a stimulating, complex, and fast-paced environment, and this position will give the successful candidate an opportunity to maintain the company’s focus on creating and maintaining the World’s most valuable patent portfolio.

US outside counsel management:
• Vet and onboard new outside patent counsel. Work with in-house counseling teams to align outside patent counsel with appropriate technology areas and counseling teams. Oversee the work product of outside patent counsel to ensure that it meets strategic goals and Microsoft quality metrics. Provide ongoing training and support to outside patent counsel.
US country management:
• Provide leadership in the analysis and implementation of changes in US law and practice. Identify candidate issues and cases for appeal to the BPAI/PTAB. Facilitate issue resolutions between outside patent counsel and the PTO. Develop, update, and promulgate Microsoft patent practice guidelines.
Portfolio quality management:
• Work closely with in-house client counseling teams to understand the business and technical objectives of the teams and their clients. Use this understanding to assist in the development and implementation of effective patent preparation and prosecution strategies.
• Work with various Microsoft teams and vendors to define and improve internal and external processes related to the filing and prosecution of Microsoft patent applications.

J.D. from an ABA accredited law school, strong software expertise with BS or MS in CS or EE, excellent academic credentials, USPTO admission, At least 5 years of relevant experience. International experience a plus. Opinion work (invalidity/non-infringement), licensing, litigation and/or advanced technical degree a plus. As this role focuses on managing the preparation and prosecution of software applications, significant computer software patent preparation and prosecution experience is required, preferably with a law firm.

This description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by and employee within this position. The actual duties, responsibilities and qualifications may vary based on assignment or group. Microsoft is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Redmond, Washington