Senior Patent Engineer – Small Company – San Francisco, CA

rpxRPX Corporation is the leading provider of patent risk management solutions. Since our founding in 2008, RPX has introduced efficiency to the patent market by providing a rational alternative to litigation. We acquire patent rights in the open market and out of litigation that would otherwise become a costly problem for our clients. The company’s groundbreaking approach combines principal capital, deep patent expertise, and client contributions to generate enhanced patent buying power. We also execute large-scale structured transactions on behalf of our clients, provide litigation insurance, and deliver in-depth market intelligence and strategic advisory services to our growing client network.  Additionally, our wholly-owned subsidiary Inventus Solutions provides top tier e-discovery management services to Fortune 1000 corporations, global law firms, and government agencies.

Position Summary

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 in to the Director of Patent Analysis and is located in San Francisco, CA.

About This Role 

  • Assess numerous engineering and legal factors to extract patent value proposition
  • Draw on detailed knowledge of relevant technologies, companies, and industries
  • Identify the products and services to which a patent claim relates
  • 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
  • Share assessment and communicate findings to relevant internal and external clients


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering
  • Master's degree or Doctor of Philosophy viewed favorably
  • Patent Attorney or Agent viewed favorably


  • Minimum of 4 years’ experience with patent analysis and licensing engagements in explaining highly technical subject matter; Involvement in patent issues such as prosecution, litigation, and valuation viewed favorably

Skills and Abilities

  • Demonstrates a shown history of success, ownership, and accountability
  • Service-minded and passionate about results with an ability to develop positive relationships
  • Capable of handling deadlines and conflicting priorities to deliver quality results
  • Motivated and focused with a willingness to pursue additional projects
  • Able to demonstrate good judgment
  • Highly focused, organized, and pay attention to details
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite

Technical Skills

Broad expertise in semiconductor process, integrated circuits design, computer and consumer electronics system architecture, and implementation of areas such as:

  • Semiconductor manufacturing (e.g., fabrication process, packaging, assembly, and test)
  • Processors (e.g., standalone, embedded, multi-core, SoC, x86, ARM, GPU)
  • Memory (e.g., DRAM, Flash, embedded memory)
  • Analog circuits and clock management (e.g., ADC/DAC, PLL, Amplifier)
  • Standards and Interfaces (e.g., PCIe, JEDEC, high speed serial connectivity, bus architectures)
  • Sensors (e.g., image sensor, MEMS)
  • Display panel structure (e.g., OLED, Micro-LED)
  • System integration (e.g., Laptop, Mobile handset, Set-Top-Box, Server)

RPX is an equal opportunity employer.


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