Patent Counsel – Corporation – Houston, TX / Vancouver, WA

HP’s Patent Development Group is seeking a highly motivated patent attorney to join its legal team. In this role, counsel will support the Patent Development Group's efforts to build and maintain a high-quality patent portfolio that furthers the goals of HP's dynamic business. More specifically, the successful candidate will be responsible for managing a patent portfolio, personally drafting and prosecuting strategic, high-quality patent applications, while supporting the department in a number of other activities critical for its success. This opportunity will offer significant promotional and rotational opportunities. The successful candidate will
join the Patent Development Group and personally design a career path based on their goals and interests. Future roles can include rotations to IP Transactions or IP Sales & Licensing groups, senior Patent Development positions, and Director- or VP-level leadership roles.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Managing patent applications throughout the patent lifecycle by working directly with HP's inventor community, personally drafting and prosecuting high-quality patent applications for strategically important inventions, and interacting with worldwide patent offices to secure valuable patent coverage
  • Actively participating in HP's invention disclosure review process to help ensure that HP's best inventions are identified and patented
  • Analyzing pending patent applications to determine their value to HP and to formulate a global filing strategy
  • Analyzing impact of patents in HP's portfolio, including preparation of claim charts
  • Collaborating with engineers in invention mining sessions, patent scrubs, and patent education sessions
  • Actively engaging in training, knowledge sharing, and other career development opportunities to hone technical and legal abilities and prepare for promotional or rotational opportunities
  • Participating from time to time as a member of a cross-functional team to provide support in licensing, litigation, or other matters

Education and Experience Required

  • A B.S. and/or advanced degree with significant chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, materials engineering, life sciences or similar content
  • A J.D. degree from an accredited university and admission to a state bar
  • Admission to practice before the USPTO
  • 3 to 5 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the chemical, life-sciences, or materials-science arts
  • Strong academic credentials
  • Preference for candidates who have personally drafted at least 10 patent applications
  • Ability to work with clients in a team-oriented partnership to help them arrive at effective solutions to their problems
  • Flexibility to accept new and different challenges in a fast-paced, high-tech environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
  • A positive attitude, creative spirit, passion for IP law, and strong motivation to excel

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Please attach a resume, cover letter, and a recent writing sample, such as a published patent application and/or published office action response.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Houston, TX or Vancouver, WA