Patent Agent – Large Corporation – Houston, Texas

Chevron Chevronis one of the world's leading energy companies, with approximately 60,000 employees working in countries around the world. We explore, produce and transport crude oil and natural gas; refine, market and distribute fuels and other energy products; manufacture and sell petrochemical products; generate power; and develop future energy resources, including biofuels and geothermal energy.

Chevron is accepting online applications for the position of Patent Agent through December 14, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) in Houston, Texas.

Position Overview

  • Leads Chevron Business Units in developing an Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio, and in particular a patent portfolio, that provides competitive advantage for Chevron while maintaining Intellectual Property risk mitigation practices to substantially reduce the risk to Chevron's businesses. Collaborates with department-level Intellectual Property managers and coordinators in partnership with Chevron IP attorneys to design, adapt and deploy processes that will ensure appropriate management of Chevron's intellectual property.
  • Responsibilities for this position may include but are not limited to:
  • Maintains knowledge of Chevron's patent portfolio and of competitors' patenting activities in connection with one or more selected technologies such as:
  • Exploration – Geoscience, including seismic data interpretation and imaging
  • Supports (in some instances may include organizing and leading) regular invention disclosure review meetings with the relevant business.
  • Exercises and maintains authoritative technical knowledge of Chevron technologies for assigned technology area(s).
  • Develops and implements Intellectual Property Strategies for managing Chevron innovations, intellectual property portfolios, and trade secrets for assigned technology area(s).
  • Maintains an understanding of third party patents relevant to Chevron's businesses and assists IP attorneys with freedom-to-operate studies.
  • Leads and organizes efforts to identify inventions and develop invention disclosures. Assists inventors with the writing and submittal of invention disclosures, instructs inventors in legal requirements for a patentable invention and advises on research data needed to support patentability of Chevron inventions.
  • Critically reviews and evaluates Chevron invention disclosures. Performs technical analysis of Chevron's inventions and conducts, directs and evaluates patentability searches.
  • Exercises knowledge of U.S. and foreign patent laws and procedures.
  • Independently prepares Chevron patent applications and prosecutes U.S. and foreign patent applications to maximize protection and value for Chevron inventions.
  • Provides technical reviews and support for freedom-to-operate assessments, IP enforcement matters, and external publications.
  • Initiates and maintains effective communications with researchers, business leaders and legal colleagues.
  • Leads, organizes and/or supports patent committee meetings to facilitate portfolio management.
  • Assists with the collection of patent filing statistics and other department metrics to assess performance of IP Legal support.
  • Works well with teams in a fast-paced environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in physics, the geosciences or comparable scientific discipline.
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in 2011 or earlier.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Minimum 3 years of experience in patent drafting and prosecution activities, preferably in a law firm environment.
  • Advanced degree in physics, the geosciences or comparable scientific discipline.
  • Substantial experience in drafting and prosecuting applications directed to inventions in the seismic data interpretation and/or imaging.

Relocation Options

  • Relocation will be considered within Chevron parameters.
  • International Considerations:
  • Expatriate assignments will not be considered.
  • Chevron regrets that it is unable to sponsor employment Visas or consider individuals on time-limited Visa status for this position.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Houston, Texas