Sr. Patent Agent – Corporation – Houston, Texas

For Lummus’ Houston office, we are currently seeking a talented Patent Agent that is looking for opportunities for personal and professional development. Reporting to the Chief IP Counsel, this candidate will be responsible for providing patent-related services tailored to the needs of assigned business unit(s) and helping to shape the future of an exciting global technology company.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Developing and maintaining an understanding of the business and technology of the assigned business unit(s), as well as associated patent portfolios
  • Identifying patent risks to assigned business units and managing them in collaboration with IP attorneys
  • Efficiently implementing IP strategies while exercising control over internal and external costs
  • Assisting inventors with the writing and submittal of invention disclosures, instructing inventors in legal requirements for a patentable invention, and advising inventors on data and other information needed to increase patentability of inventions
  • Critically reviewing and evaluating submitted invention disclosures, and performing technical analysis of inventions
  • Performing and evaluating patentability searches
  • Providing technical reviews and support for freedom-to-operate assessments and IP enforcement matters
  • Maintaining expertise in US and PCT patent laws/regulations and general knowledge of patent laws in at least some foreign jurisdictions
  • Managing outside counsel on the prosecution of patent applications, and working with inventors or business leads to support the prosecution of patent applications
  • Managing annuities and other deadline-driven patent decisions
  • Leading and/or supporting patent committee meetings
  • The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by persons assigned to this classification. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.


  • Bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Chemistry, or similar; advanced degree preferred but not required
  • USPTO Patent Bar registration
  • At least 3-5 years of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications and managing global patent portfolios, preferably in a law firm
  • Thorough understanding of US and PCT patent laws/regulations and good knowledge of at least some foreign patent laws and practices
  • Ability to independently prepare and prosecute US and PCT patent applications
  • Ability to collaborate with foreign counsel on prosecution of foreign patent applications
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with business leaders
  • Outstanding analytical skills with a reliable eye for quality and detail
  • Ability to manage priorities and deadlines in a fast-paced environment with myriad business pressures
  • Ability to think beyond the rules of patent filings and prosecution and focus on the practicalities and context of business needs
  • Ability to work well within a team, taking direction and providing leadership as needed

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