Patent Associate – Small Corporation – Austin, Texas

Luminex Corporation Luminexis seeking a Patent Associate to provide assistance with patent related activities, including growth and management of Company's patent portfolio, product clearance searches and analyses, product labeling and other IP-related tasks as required.

The Patent Associate will be responsible for undertaking product clearance activities, including nucleic acid and antibody-based patent searching and analysis. In addition, PA will be expected to work with R&D (systems and assays) to identify patentable inventions and assist with patentability searching and analysis. Additional responsibilities will include assistance with drafting and prosecution activities, support of business-development licensing activities and ensuring patent statements for product labels are accurate

• Business Acumen - knowledgeable about current and future issues that could affect the organization
• Customer Focus - dedication to the customer and earns their trust and respect
• Dealing with Ambiguity - makes decisions and takes action without having the full picture
• Learning on the Fly - learns quickly/open to change
• Negotiating - can win concessions without jeopardizing relationships
• Organizational Agility - knows how to go through the proper channels to get things done
• Peer Relationship - cooperative, team player, trusted and supported by peers
• Planning - sets specific goals and objectives, ability to plan for the length and difficulty of assignments, ability to break down projects into specific tasks/steps
• Priority Setting - focuses on what is most important
• Problem Solving - identifies complex problems and reviews related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions
• Process Management - ability to simplify complex processes and to organize people and activities
• Strategic Agility - ability to create competitive and breakthrough strategies and plans
• Timely Decision Making - decisions can be made quickly even under tight deadlines and pressure
• Written Communications - effectively communicates in writing

Required Education/Training:
• M.Sc or Ph.D in Molecular Biology or related Field
• Patent Agent Registration required (US and/or Canada)

Required Certifications/License/Special Skills:
• Proven time management skills and ability to multi-task and prioritize
• Reliable and dependable
• Strong logic and analytical skills
• Excellent language skills
• Exceptional attention to detail
• Ability to efficiently identify client needs
• Ability to integrate technical and legal knowledge to provide guidance to scientific and management teams
• Ability to work on multidisciplinary teams

Required Work Experience:
• Between 3-6 years in patent prosecution, preferably in a variety of technology areas
• Proven experience in patentability searches and analyses
• Proven experience in freedom-to-operate searches and analyses
• In-house experience considered a Bonus

Working Conditions:
• Must work onsite at Luminex office at least 90% of the time
• Travel may be required approximately 10% of the time
• International travel may be required approximately 5% of the time
• Possible exposure to biological or chemical hazard, extensive noise and/or working with laser
• Work situations include dealing with people; working alone; making judgments and decisions; and directing, controlling or planning the activity of others

Physical Requirements:
• Lifting/Use of Strength is Sedentary (up to 10 pounds)
• Climbing on the job is required: Never
• Kneeling on the job is required: Never
• Reaching on the job is required: Never
• Stooping on the job is required: Never
• Vision (Colour) on the job is required: Occasionally - up to 33% of the time

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Additional Info:
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: Austin, Texas