Patent Counsel – Large Corporation – San Mateo, Calif.

SolarCity SolarCityis seeking a patent attorney to join its growing team. The Ideal candidate will be embedded in R&D teams throughout SolarCity as they bring new energy products to market. Some domestic and international travel may be required.


  • Identify and harvest patentable inventions; prepare and prosecute patent applications, manage outside counsel
  • Counsel clients, conduct IP training, third-party due diligence, IP landscaping
  • Provide legal guidance to SolarCity’s software engineering, system design, and power systems teams, which are based in San Mateo & San Francisco, CA
  • Focus on photovoltaic system design and optimization, monitoring and maintenance of energy generation and consumption, solar financing, smart energy storage, and distributed power management


  • Juris Doctor and membership in good standing in at least one state bar
  • 5+ years of legal experience (with at least 3 years at a law firm) as a patent attorney
  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, physics and/or computer science
  • Must have prepared and prosecuted at least 40 original patent applications, including a substantial number in the area of (i) semiconductor device physics or (ii) electrical and software-based technologies
  • Excellent analytical and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, ability to work independently, manage multiple projects at once, follow through, and meet deadlines
  • Common sense, great judgment, drive, a passion for solar energy, and a good sense of humor
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Excellent customer service skills required
  • Regular, reliable and predictable attendance required
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
  • Must be able to successfully pass a pre-employment criminal screen. Additional pre-employment driving and drug screens may be required based on job responsibilities

Benefits for Full-Time Positions

  • Competitive compensation with many positions incentivized
  • Paid training with the nation’s leader in solar power
  • Full benefits package including health, vision, dental insurance
  • Attractive vacation, sick and holiday pay
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Employee referral program
  • Eligibility to receive equity in the company
  • Career path opportunities for top performers

SolarCity is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: San Mateo, Fremont, or San Francisco, California