Senior Patent Engineer, Networking – Small Corporation – San Francisco, Calif.

RPX Corporation is seeking a Senior Patent Engineer for Networking. The Patent Analysis department synthesizes complex technologies and legal patent issues into actionable intelligence for RPX executives and clients. Patent Analysis research supports initiatives in defensive portfolio acquisitions, 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 non-technical audiences. This position reports to the Manager of Patent Analysis.

About this Role

  • 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 build relationships internally and externally

About You

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Electrical/Computer Engineering or Computer Science; Master's degree or Doctor of Philosophy viewed favorably

Experience: Minimum of 3 years’ experience in technical or engineering role in the networking industry; Experience with client engagements in explaining technical subject matter; Networking certifications or additional Networking training/experience viewed favorably; Patent Attorney or Agent viewed favorably; Involvement in patent issues including prosecution, litigation, and valuation viewed favorably

Skills and Abilities

  • Experience with independently handling deadlines and conflicting priorities to deliver quality results
  • Demonstrates a shown history of success, 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 work ethic that thrives in a team-centric culture with excellent social, networking, and influencing skills
  • Motivated and focused with a willingness to pursue additional projects
  • Able to demonstrate good judgment
  • Highly focused, organized, and pay attention to details
  • Represents RPX in a manner consistent with its culture and values

Technical Skills

  • Strong familiarity/expertise with multiple of the following technology domains:
    • Network Virtualization (SDN, NFV, overlays, multi-tenancy environments, etc.)
    • SAN/NAS protocols (Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE, NFS) and disk arrays/tape libraries
    • Hands-on experience with configuration and management of network infrastructure (routers, Ethernet switches, firewalls, etc.)
    • Networking standards and protocols, including IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.11, IPv4/IPv6, MPLS, BGP, OSPF, SIP, RSVP, etc.
    • Unified communications and VoIP infrastructure
    • Security platforms (firewalls, intrusion detection systems, network access controllers) and protocols (SSL, IPsec, 802.1X)
    • Network management and test platforms using SNMP, MIBs, packet sniffing, etc.
    • Network processor ASICs and packet processing techniques (differentiated services, flow control, queue management, drop mechanisms)
    • Application delivery controllers and server load balancing mechanisms
    • Broadband connectivity technologies including HFC/DOCSIS, ADSL/VDSL, PON
    • Optical transport/switching technologies and platforms including OTN, WDM, ROADMs, switches
    • Cellular and WiFi technologies
    • Mesh / ad-hoc networking concepts
    • “last mile” and edge access systems
    • IoT (and implications on network infrastructure)
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

RPX is an equal opportunity employer.

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

RPX Corporation is the leading provider of a comprehensive suite of solutions to help companies manage the risks and costs that arise at any stage of their IP program. Founded in 2008, RPX provides cost-effective, predictable solutions to the IP counsel’s most challenging problems by harnessing the power of our deep patent expertise, our client network, industry relationships, and a more commercial approach to resolving legal disputes. RPX acquires patents in the open market and out of litigation that could be used offensively against its clients and executes large-scale structured transactions on behalf of its clients. It also provides innovative patent litigation insurance and delivers in-depth market intelligence and strategic advisory services to its client network. At RPX, we are a team of go-getters who thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. We’re highly collaborative and believe that ideas and perspectives from a diverse set of internal and external stakeholders produce the best results. We rely on disciplined, logical, and organized thinking and planning to develop innovative solutions to our clients’ complex intellectual property challenges. To learn more about RPX, visit