The Office of the Solicitor is seeking an experienced and talented individual to serve as a Patent Attorney. The Office of the Solicitor acts as legal counsel to the USPTO on intellectual property law matters and also works in collaboration with the Department of Commerce on interagency intellectual property law matters. The work is challenging, the atmosphere is professional, and the diverse attorneys enjoy a high quality of work life rarely found in the legal field.
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency within the Department of Commerce, anticipates the need for a Patent Agent/Attorney employee to represent NIST in performing the full range of patent prosecution duties at its campus in Gaithersburg, MD. Our current caseload would primarily lend itself to an individual with a background in physical chemistry or physics, and who could also manage electrical and software arts. The position is anticipated to have a salary range of $89,033 - $136,771.
Contact: Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. When available, NIST vacancies are posted on USAJOBS: https:// nist.usajobs.gov/. US citizenship is required. The Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking Patent Examiners (PE). Yearning for a job that harnesses the power of innovation, yet provides work/life balance? As a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, you'll be working with the largest Intellectual Property Rights entity in the nation. You'll be supporting economic growth and positioning America as one of the world's top innovators. You'll conduct research and interact with applicants who are working on inventive modern breakthroughs. You'll have access to alternative, flexible schedules, telework, bonuses and paid overtime. Starting salary range from $69,899 to $90,866 per year, with non-competitive promotion potential to GS-13.
Key Requirements: • Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering degree (or combination of education & experience) plus one year of patent prosecution experience • Meet the Basic Qualifications plus additional Specialized Experience • U.S. Citizen or National. • Live near, or be willing to relocate or commute to the Detroit, MI area. • Submit a complete application in USAJobs (keyword: USPTO) and furnish all required documentation. • Enjoy research and work well autonomously.
Duties: A patent examiner (PE) reviews patent applications to determine if they comply with Federal law and regulation and scientific principle. A PE scrutinizes patent applications, determines the scope of protection claimed by the inventor, researches relevant technologies, and communicates findings and decisions to patent practitioners and/or inventors.
The PE conducts extensive reviews of a large body of technical information, including detailed drawings as represented in electrical schematic, 3-dimensional mechanical portrayed drawings or chemical manufacturing process diagrams.
The position requires the analytical ability to efficiently digest large volumes of scientific information and to use this in making timely decisions regarding the patentability of an application. The PE reviews patent applications and writes office actions in a production-oriented environment. Almost all of the PE's work is performed using a computer and is visually very demanding.
As a PE, you will independently perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:
• Checking applications for technical accuracy and compliance with formal requirements • Treating disclosure statements and claims of priority • Analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112 • Planning a field of search • Conducting search • Formulating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claim(s) distinguish over the prior art • Determining whether amendment introduces new matter • Determining whether restriction is proper • Determining whether claimed invention is operable/useful as disclosed
After preliminary instruction, you will perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:
• Evaluating / applying case law as necessary • Evaluating sufficiency of affidavits / declarations • Determining whether appropriate line of patentable distinction is maintained between application and/or patents • Evaluating sufficiency of reissue oath / declaration
Contact: Want to learn more? Register for a slot at our upcoming Information Sessions & Interview Fair at our Detroit Office on November 9 and 10. http://www.usptocareers.gov/jobfair/.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Location: Detroit, Michigan
Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an experienced patent attorney (Job # IRC7249) to provide professional legal services relating to the intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer (TT) functions.
Specific areas of responsibility include: participating in the invention disclosure review process, subsequent patent prosecution together with participation in agreements related to the licensing and technology transfer, review of procurement issues involving intellectual property matters, and copyright matters including advising on open source software issues. The IP Attorney will provide legal advice and counseling to Laboratory managers and employees regarding the legal aspects of patents and the patenting process, licensing transactions, copyrights and other intellectual property matters. This position will be required to: establish and implement IP strategies and work with inventors and management to ensure IP strategies and efforts interact with and support LANS institutional strategies; the attorney also will be encouraged to develop and/or implement Corporate IP management practices; and identify areas for improvement of business practices in support of the organization's focus on preventive law and protection of IP rights. As part of a large legal organization responsible for all Laboratory legal affairs, the selected candidate must be able to work cooperatively within a multi-disciplined legal organization. Other responsibilities can include the preparation of memoranda, legal opinions, letters and other writings related to intellectual property matters.
Minimum Job Requirements: • Eight years patent law experience, including review of invention disclosures, development of patenting strategy with inventors, drafting patent applications, and prosecuting patent applications in USPTO; • Regardless of technical background, demonstrated ability to work with inventors in a variety of areas and manage and coordinate with outside patent counsel in patent prosecution; • Knowledge of the rules governing the practice of law, and the ability to identify and resolve ethical issues.
Desired Skills: • Background in one of the following technical areas: (1) computers and associated software through an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, physics or electrical engineering, and experience in open source copyright issues including conducting open source software investigations and providing advice on the associated risks and benefits of using an open source software process; or (2) biotechnology through an undergraduate or graduate degree in biology or biochemistry degree. • Experience in intellectual property licensing issues, and working with clients such as Universities, government entities, or national laboratories in fulfillment of a technology transfer mission. • Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with a pragmatic orientation and flexible approach; • Strong interpersonal skills to include verbal and written communications. • General knowledge and experience with software and technologies used in a modern legal office including patent docketing and matter management systems.
Note to applicants: A Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school and a technical degree as noted above. An active registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and at least one state bar is necessary.
A writing sample will be required of applicants selected for an interview. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
The LANL job application system will be offline June 13 – 18. Please submit your application prior to June 13 (Wednesday) or after June 18 (Monday).
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico
Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.
Organization Overview The Office of Laboratory Counsel (LC) provides legal counsel in business law (including risk management); intellectual property; litigation management and benefits; employment and labor law; and legal environmental, safety and health. This Office also serves as the primary source of legal advice and counsel to all levels of management on complex legal issues that affect the Laboratory. The Intellectual Property (IP) Group provides advice and support on intellectual property issues including patents, invention disclosures, patent application preparation and intellectual property clauses in the prime contract.
Key Responsibilities: Working in a highly collaborative environment, you will: • Prepare and file patent applications. Using the invention disclosure, other documents, and interviews with the inventors, draft patent applications as requested by Licensing associate responsible for the case. Conduct preliminary patent searches, review proposed publications for issues of patentability utilizing knowledge of U.S. and foreign intellectual property laws. Independently establish priorities to accomplish objectives and meet all bar dates. Coordinate and supervise work of external counsel on assigned cases that have been sent out; review associated legal bills for accuracy, reasonableness and compliance with Contract requirements. • Prosecute patents. Review Office Actions/Examiner Reports from US Patent and Trademark Office and those of other jurisdictions. Assess and analyze complex patentability issues with potentially significant impact to the Laboratory. Independently prepare arguments or claim amendments responsive to the Office Actions/Examiner Reports. Coordinate and supervise such work of outside counsel on assigned cases. • Perform legal review. Evaluate and analyze complex invention disclosures and interact with scientists/inventors to monitor for developments. Review licenses, options and other agreements as assigned. Evaluate university rights relative to new inventions. Conduct complex patent infringement analyses and evaluate contract provisions. Interacts with Lab Management, outside management, and attorneys on assigned negotiations. • Provide collegial advice and review to fellow patent practitioners, and participate in process improvement activities.
Qualifications: • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in applicable science or engineering field of study (preferably physics, material sciences or related field), as well as a law degree and admission to California state bar with at least 5 years experience as a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. • Demonstrated proficiency in knowledge of patent preparation, prosecution, and enforcement • Proven technical proficiency in assigned scientific area. • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. • Ability to manage and analyze a number of complex cases that hold a potentially significant impact to the organization. • Ability to independently review, negotiate and approve legal bills. • Demonstrated analytical abilities, with demonstrated ability to identify and resolve complex problems. • Excellent oral and written communication skills, to effectively communicate with all levels of internal and external personnel. • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to manage collaboratively and diplomatically with internal peers and colleagues, administrative support staff, scientists and engineers, senior management, as well as external attorneys with ability to obtain concurrence from key stakeholders.
Berkeley Lab is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to the development of a safe and diverse workforce.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Berkeley, California
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Read about the excellent Total Rewards Program at Berkeley Lab. For more about the TTIPM department, visit www.lbl.gov/Tech-Transfer/
The Office of the Chief Counsel (Code DL) at NASA Ames Research Center seeks interested candidates for a mid- to senior-level patent attorney position, capable of working independently. The candidate would have primary patent prosecution responsibilities for the Center, and provide legal advice and guidance in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, government procurements, and licensing. Salary will be commensurate with experience ($96,867.00 with potential up to $155,500.00 per year).
Contact: Interested candidates should apply through the Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS website Job Announcement Number AR12N0001 ( http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/303764800 ), or mail a resume that is to be received no later than December 16, 2011, to Chief Counsel, NASA Ames Research Center, Mail Stop 200-12, Moffett Field, CA 94035.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Moffett Field, California
Sandia National Laboratoriesis one of the country's largest research and engineering laboratories in the nation, employing over 8,000 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We make enduring contributions to secure our society against high consequence terrorist threats and national incidents through effective use of science, technology, and systems solutions. Please visit our website at www.sandia.gov. We are searching for Patent Assistants for the Legal Technology Transfer Center for the Albuquerque facility. The salary is commensurate. A benefit package is available. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.
Review and act upon materials received from USPTO, preparing draft materials responsive to USPTO for attorney review and/or completion, maintaining attorney dockets, maintaining patent database (database entry, errors checks), and maintaining hardcopy files. Will act as primary support for one or more attorneys, including preparing materials for attorneys signature (missing parts, certificates of correction, engagement letters, etc.), calculating filing fees, conducting database searches for attorneys (reference prior art, private PAIR, etc.), filing materials in USPTO in accordance with federal rules, maintaining USPTO deposit account, and coordinate payment of patent maintenance fees.
Experience working with and understanding of the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, (USPTO); working in a patent prosecution environment within a law firm or in-house are required. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, and a demonstrated ability to deal effectively with people at all levels of the organization, both internal and external to Sandia; self-motivated, work well under pressure and be able to prioritize work assignments with little supervision; proficient with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a fast-paced, demanding environment; ability to exercise great prudence in the protection of confidential and sensitive information; and adept at meeting frequent deadlines with constant interruptions while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail are all required.
Paralegal degree and experience with IP Management software (i.e. Thompson Rueters IP Manager or CPA Global Memotech or IPFoundation software suites) are desirables.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has openings for Administrative Patent Judges. The Administrative Patent Judge serves as a member of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) of the USPTO. The BPAI has authority to hear and adjudicate appeals from decisions of Primary Examiners as to patentability in applications for patents, for reissue of patents, and for reexamination of patents; to declare and conduct proceedings in interferences; and to determine priority of invention.
The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 10,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO's mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles.
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Sandia National Laboratoriesis one of the country's largest research and engineering laboratories in the nation, employing over 8,000 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We make enduring contributions to secure our society against high consequence terrorist threats and national incidents through effective use of science, technology, and systems solutions. Please visit our website at www.sandia.gov. We are searching for a Patent and Licensing Attorney for the Legal Technology Transfer Center at the Albuquerque facility. The salary is commensurate. A benefit and relocation package is available. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance.
Responsible for counseling on licensing activities, negotiations and contracts; and all aspects of patent protection, from reviewing invention disclosures, leading patent review committees, drafting patent applications, reviewing applications prepared by outside counsel, prosecuting patent applications in USPTO, conducting prior art searches, and otherwise supporting technology transfer activities of major national laboratory.
U.S. law degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice in at least one U.S. state and current registration with the USPTO is required. Requires excellent academic qualifications with 3-7 years of law firm and/or in-house experience in intellectual property licensing and patent prosecution; must be a member of the State Bar of New Mexico or be willing and able to become a member of the State Bar of New Mexico within two years of hire; and a degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials, Physics, Electrical Engineering or a relevant engineering discipline. Masters or PhD level education is preferred. Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills and strong project, client management skills and a proven track record of success in the patent field are desirables.
There is a vacancy for an intellectual property attorney within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), NAVAIR Headquarters, Patuxent River, Maryland. The incumbent is responsible for providing Intellectual Property and Technology advice to NAVAIR HQ competencies and personnel, Air Program Managers and Air Program Executive Officers. As the patent attorney at NAVAIR headquarters, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating the NAVAIR patent program to include coordinating policy and procedures to enhance the NAVAIR patent program and serving as liaison with seven other intellectual property attorneys assigned to three NAVAIR field activities. NAVAIR is an Echelon II command responsible for research, development, testing, procurement, and sustainment of the Navy’s air platforms, weapons, and support systems. Many NAVAIR systems use state-of-the-art technologies to meet the numero! us operational, maintenance, and training needs. The NAVAIR Office of Counsel provides legal advice with regard to Government procurement, Ethics, environmental law, personnel law, intellectual property, fiscal law, and administrative programs.
The incumbent will provide and coordinate a full range of intellectual property legal services, including counseling on intellectual property matters; counseling on contract and technology transfer matters, such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data and computer software, cooperative research and development agreements; other agreements, counseling on contract surveillance regarding invention disclosures; support of intellectual property litigation; resolving patent and copyright administrative claims; counseling on rights in technical data and computer software matters including preparation/negotiation of licenses; processing of invention security matters; preparing, drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications; and conducting training on intellectual property matters. The incumbent does not serve in a supervisory capacity but does serve as the lead for the NAVAIR Intellectual Property Community of Practice to include facilitating the flow of inform! ation and effective communication and coordination of intellectual property law and policy developments among all NAVAIR intellectual property attorneys and with Navy Patent Counsel, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Naval Research, and other Government agencies.
This position will be filled at the GS-15 pay grade. The successful candidate should be a dynamic leader, have extensive knowledge of intellectual property law, and be proactive in mentoring and embracing change. The successful candidate will have exceptional legal skills. However, equally important is the candidate’s ability to develop and maintain strong, effective working relationships with clients, other attorneys located at NAVAIR, NAVAIR field activities, or elsewhere within the Navy or other agencies. To this end, the successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills, an ability to lead and work with other attorneys and personnel, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. To be eligible for selection the applicant must already be a GS-15 or have at least five and a half years experience practicing as an intellectual property attorney, have substantial experience in patent prosecution or invention disclosure, have a working knowledge! of other areas of government patent practice, and have a strong technical/scientific background. The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen, have graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), be admitted to practice before a state or federal court, be registered and in good standing to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Contact: Potential applicants should contact Mr. Christopher J. Biglin, Deputy Counsel, NAVAIR at (301) 757-5986 or by email at Christopher.email@example.com for further information about the position and the office.
Applicants should submit a resume; two legal writing samples; two most recent performance appraisals if available; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Send all documents to:
NAVAIRSYSCOMHQ Office of Counsel, AIR-11.0 Attn: Kimberli Bartholomew 47123 Buse Road, Bldg 2272 Ste 257 Patuxent River, Maryland 20670-1547
*** SPECIAL NOTE *** Applications also may be submitted electronically to Kimberli.Bartholomew@navy.mil. It is recommended that applications be sent by Federal Express or similar delivery services due to possible security delays in normal mail delivery.
This personnel notice will close on June 24, 2011, and applications must be received by that date to be considered.
If the successful applicant is not a current member of the Navy Office of General Counsel, processing of the hiring action can only commence after submission of those items identified in the “Instructions for New OGC Attorneys” (see Careers section of http://www.ogc.navy.mil).
Applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter, identify the basis for the claim, and include supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) with their submission. Not all veterans are preference eligible. For a summary of time periods, campaigns, and conditions that entitle an applicant to preference eligibility, please visit www.opm.gov/veterans and review the “Vets Info Guide” and the “Vets Guide.” There is no formal rating system for applying Veterans’ Preference for attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. Applicants who do not claim and do not provide adequate supporting documentation for Veterans’ Preference will not receive this positive factor consideration.
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Patuxent River, Maryland
The USPTOis seeking experienced intellectual property (IP) professionals to fill positions as Patent Examiners. ARE YOU AN IP PROFESSIONAL who can scrutinize patent applications, determine the scope of protection claimed by inventors, research relevant technologies, and communicate findings and decisions to patent practitioners and/or inventors?The USPTO wants you!
The USPTO is hiring experienced IP professionals for Patent Examiner positions. MULTIPLE VACANCIES are available!
We Are Seeking: • experienced IP professionals for all patent technology centers; • knowledgeable IP professionals in administrative and legal matters associated with the patents process; • IP professionals with the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
What’s In It for You? • receive a four (4) week period of formal training in the Patent Training Academy; • opportunities to use the sum of your valuable IP experience and knowledge to contribute to a strong global economy; • an attractive and competitive compensation/benefits package.
Key Requirements: • US Citizenship. • Transcripts are required.
Required Qualifications: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in one of the following disciplines: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Pharmacology, Petroleum Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Food Technology and Chemistry.
In addition of the Basic Qualification Requirements, you must have had one year of specialized experience in Patent Prosecution.
Contact: This position is being advertised at the General Schedule (GS) 11 grade level ($69,899.00 – $90,866.00 USD/year) with promotion potential to the GS 13 grade levels ($95,326.00 – 123,923.00 USD/year). To find out more about this exciting opportunity and the qualifications requirements (specialized experience); please visit our vacancy announcements at: www.USPTOcareers.gov.
Complete details and specific job application requirements are included in the job posting on www.USPTOcareers.gov. To be considered for this position, you must apply online.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Alexandria, Virginia
Work in a place where your intellectual property patent skills and your engineering or scientific degree can help keep American ingenuity on the cutting edge. Every day at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), our Patent Examiners witness groundbreaking scientific and technological progress, while playing a major role in granting exclusive rights to inventors.
The USPTO, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, provides an enticing work environment supported by flexible work schedules, a casual dress policy, and payment of a transit subsidy. There is a substantial benefits package including enhanced federal government salary rates, vacation and sick leave, performance bonuses, health benefits, and a comprehensive retirement package, not to mention job security.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a nationally and internationally recognized research and development lab based in Washington State, is looking for a Sr. Patent Attorney to work in our Richland, Washington office (Job ID: 300347).
This is a great opportunity to work with a one-billion dollar government institution that is making a difference in advancing science and helping solve some of the world's toughest challenges in energy, environment and national security. PNNL was recently honored in Washington’s Best Places to Work competition, sponsored by the Puget Sound Journal of Business. We offer an array of benefits including tuition reimbursement plans, excellent health insurance and robust relocation packages.
The Senior Patent Attorney is expected to be an individual contributor with extensive experience and will be considered an expert in the practice of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patent law. While this position administratively reports through the Intellectual Property Legal Services Department (IPLS) Patent Group, the incumbent will be involved with and influence most aspects of the IPLS mission and objectives. The incumbent serves in a key IPLS role impacting work product delivery and quality to meet customer demand.
This position is responsible and accountable for participating in the day-to-day IP protection functions of Battelle and PNNL with particular emphasis on: (i) invention identification; and (ii) securing of rights for these inventions by understanding and reviewing appropriate reporting mechanisms and the preparation and prosecution of patent applications teaching and claiming the inventions. At least 200 inventions have been reported by PNNL staff for each of the last four years. The incumbent will be required to coordinate with a various interested organizations at PNNL, particularly Technology Commercialization, and elsewhere to determine whether a patent application should be filed to protect an invention. IPLS files approximately 75-100 patent applications, responds to approximately 250 Office Actions, and spends more than $2 million on patent application preparation and prosecution activities per year. Most PNNL patent applications have historically been filed by retained outside counsel. However, the last three years have seen a marked increase in patent application filings and prosecution actions using in-house patent agents and patent attorneys. The emphasis on in-house patent practice provides Battelle with an average savings of $5000 per patent application filing. An experienced patent practitioner is expected to be able to file a patent application of average complexity with less than 40 hours of charged labor.
This position is also responsible for providing advisory support and services to the IPLS IP Transactions Group. The required support activities include but are not limited to providing guidance, support and legal advice regarding licensing, Government contracts, copyright, and trademark activities. IP Transactions Group activities contribute to the receipt of more than $4 million in license revenues and $18 million in total consideration received by Battelle at PNNL in each of the last two years.
The incumbent is expected to provide independent legal advice regarding all forms of intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, etc.) directly to PNNL and Battelle officers, managers, and employees with little or no involvement or direct supervision by the Managing Patent Attorney or the IPLS Manager. This attorney has recognized patent law expertise including a command of the theory and principles pertinent thereto and has: (i) demonstrated the ability to work effectively with the United States Patent and Trademark Office without supervision; and (ii) the ability to mentor and train other patent practitioners. This position retains and assists with outside counsel management.
Responsibilities & Accountabilities: The Senior Patent Attorney will be expected to independently perform all aspects of a highly experienced patent attorney in a challenging and dynamic professional environment. This position would be roughly equivalent to an equity partner position in an intellectual property law firm. The incumbent will work on a variety of projects while addressing walk-in issues from management and staff. The Senior Patent Attorney will provide comprehensive legal advice and services at an expert level in all areas of intellectual property law including but not limited to patents, copyrights, trademark, and trade secrets. Legal advice and services rendered in these areas may be applied to activities such as perfecting rights in intellectual property of all forms, revenue producing transactions involving intellectual property, litigation, and client counseling.
The Senior Patent Attorney will be a trusted advisor to all levels of PNNL and Battelle management and staff. This position will provide legal advice and services for day-to-day activities, corporate strategic initiatives, and everything in between. The incumbent will also serve as a resource for IPLS staff requiring guidance and mentoring to deliver high value legal solutions to customers. The Senior Patent Attorney will have the ability to grasp, articulate, and frame legal advice and services within the context of and in alignment with PNNL and Battelle strategy and prudent risk thresholds. Accordingly, the Senior Patent Attorney must identify high risk issues and then work with PNNL and Battelle management and staff to develop and implement creative, cost effective legal solutions to mitigate risk. Failure to positively influence managerial and staff decision making to effectively mitigate known and foreseeable risks will most likely result in negative impacts to Battelle’s ability to accomplish major strategic initiatives, comply with 1830 Contract requirements, and meet fiscal goals and objectives.
The Senior Patent Attorney will face numerous challenges when representing Battelle’s intellectual property interests. Most notably, the Senior Patent Attorney will be challenged to:
• Provide cost effective, timely, and creative legal solutions to assist Battelle management and staff in the fulfillment of the PNNL mission; • Establish and maintain a positive rapport with all levels of PNNL and Battelle management and staff that will allow open communication and proactive legal action to minimize the potential for mission or project interruption and promote management and staff confidence in in-house legal resources; • Provide considered legal advice with little opportunity to conduct legal research to support the basis for a legal position; • Maintain currency with changes in intellectual property law and work with IPLS staff so they understand the implications of precedent on the conduct of their duties; • Communicate complex intellectual property legal concepts and principles in a manner that non-lawyers will understand and comply with; and • Maintain an understanding of intellectual property law and relevant technologies that will allow prompt if not immediate analysis of complex fact patterns and issues involving mixed questions of law and fact. • Independently assess and balance client priorities to meet customer demand for legal services in view of PNNL and Battelle long range goals and objectives in a timely and cost effective manner with little or no direct supervision.
Significant Roles of Senior Patent Attorney: Fulfilling the Senior Patent Attorney’s responsibilities to the intellectual property identification and protection process at a national laboratory requires a detailed knowledge of: (i) patent, copyright, and trademark law; and (ii) the requirements for technical information, inventions and the patent application process imposed by the U.S. Government (particularly the Department of Energy) through statutes, regulations, contracts, orders, and procedures. This position requires that the incumbent have the knowledge and credibility to retain and direct the activities of numerous outside counsel, Technology Commercialization management and staff, research management and staff, and Battelle management at PNNL and elsewhere.
The incumbent will be considered by Battelle management as an “expert” with regard to the handling and management of the patent process for inventions and Subject Inventions conceived or first actually reduced to practice by PNNL staff. The incumbent will have a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the theory and principles associated with the practice of intellectual property law. The incumbent will function as an individual contributor in matters relating to intellectual property law but may provide input to IPLS managerial issues including preparation of Staff Development Reports (SDRs) for IPLS staff.
Some of the specific activities that the Senior Patent Attorney will be responsible for include but are not limited to: (1) participating in the day-to-day Battelle intellectual property protection functions (with particular emphasis on invention identification, reporting and patent procurement) in a national laboratory environment; (2) mentoring and training patent attorneys and patent agents in the conduct of these functions; (3) providing the IPLS Manager and Managing Patent Attorney with performance feedback for IPLS staff SDR reviews; (4) working with Battelle senior management to develop and implement intellectual property protection strategies for PNNL and Battelle; (5) interacting with legal, technical, and senior level management at other Battelle facilities to assist with the design and implementation of corporate intellectual property strategy; (6) educating PNNL staff regarding intellectual property protection obligations and procedures; (7) providing advice and counsel to internal staff and external clients (with particular emphasis on the PNNL Technology Commercialization staff). This position plays a critical role in achieving the strategic intellectual property goals and objectives of Battelle and PNNL and is critical to secure protection of Battelle’s and PNNL’s intellectual property, ensure successful deployment of Battelle intellectual property, and comply with Battelle’s 1830 and 1831 contracts.
The overall job scope will include but will not be limited to: • Mentoring and training PNNL staff in the identification and procurement of invention reports and patents thereon; • Advice and counsel Battelle management in Columbus and other Battelle facilities regarding the rights of Battelle and the U.S. Government in intellectual property generated at a Battelle managed or co-managed laboratory; • Advice and counsel PNNL management and customers regarding rights in intellectual property generated at PNNL and the process for protecting such intellectual property; • Coordination with the PNNL Legal Department Manager on general legal issues including litigation that involve Battelle’s intellectual property; • Interaction and coordination with the Battelle Intellectual Property Legal Department in Columbus; • Retention and management of outside legal counsel; • Assist with the design and implementation of an intellectual property education program for PNNL management and staff; • Maintain communications and positive working relationships with Department of Energy legal staff including but not limited to the DOE-HQ Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property and the DOE-ORO and DOE-BSO patent attorneys that provide oversight for PNNL intellectual property and technology transfer issues; • Maintain communications and positive working relationships with oversight personnel at DOE-PNSO to promote their confidence in Battelle’s ability to manage PNNL in compliance with its obligations under the management and operating contract; • Maintain productive relationships with peers at other DOE national laboratories including national laboratories that are managed or co-managed by Battelle; • Mentor IPLS patent lawyers, patent agents, and legal coordinator; and • Individual contributions including but not limited to drafting and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications.
The Senior Patent Attorney is a key participant in the IPLS intellectual property identification and protection functions at PNNL. This includes mentoring and training patent attorneys, patent agents, legal coordinators (paralegals), support staff, and retained outside counsel. The incumbent will be responsible for providing the IPLS Manager and the Managing Patent Attorney with input for periodic and annual professional performance feedback and annual SDRs for IPLS staff.
This position retains and manages the work product of numerous retained outside firms in the procurement of patents in both the U.S. and foreign patent offices, both as to quality, timeliness, budget and the relationship/interaction with Battelle staff.
This position interacts with Department of Energy patent attorneys in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, San Francisco, California, and Washington, D.C. and with oversight personnel in the Pacific Northwest Site Office regarding the identification of IP and procurement of patents thereon, both in matters of policy and also implementation of policy/regulations/statutes.
This position works with Battelle corporate patent staff in Columbus to resolve intellectual property legal issues having relevance multiple Battelle corporate interests contribute to the development and implementation of corporate policy, assist with corporate issues that impact PNNL. This position routinely works with the PNNL Technology Commercialization staff to develop and implement practices and procedures for identification and protection of intellectual property at PNNL.
This position prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications and serves as a mentor and trainer for other practitioners that need to develop preparation and prosecution skills.
Qualifications: • Undergraduate degree in a natural science or engineering discipline; • Advanced degree in a natural science or engineering discipline is preferred but not required; • Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited university; • Licensed to practice law and represent clients by a state bar association; • Licensed to practice law and represent clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; • At least 10 years of practice as a patent attorney in either a law firm or a corporate intellectual property law office; • Detailed understanding of and experience with practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office; • Detailed understanding of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and practice there under; • Intimate knowledge of and familiarity with statutes and regulations relating to intellectual property arising from U.S. Government contracts; • Knowledge of and experience with the U.S. Department of Energy management and operating contracts and regulations and policies regarding intellectual property arising from a DOE national laboratory; • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and • Ability to develop corporate policy and act upon such policy independently.
Minimum Requirements: Juris Doctorate plus 10 years of related experience. Bachelor’s degree in a natural science or engineering discipline.
Preferred Education: Advanced degree in a natural science or engineering discipline is preferred.
Other Information: Position requires ability to obtain multiple Security Clearances
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Richland, Washington
About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy laboratory, reporting to the Office of Science. PNNL advances the fundamental understanding of complex chemical, physical and biological systems and provides science-based solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing challenges in national security, energy and the environment. We accomplish this mission through the outstanding research and development activities of our staff, excellence in operations and high-value partnerships. PNNL has approximately 4,600 researchers and staff located at the main campus in Richland, Wash., the Sequim Marine Research Operations facility in Sequim, Wash., and at offices in Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C. Battelle, a global science and technology enterprise headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, manages the laboratory for DOE.
The Register of Copyright is the principal United States (U.S.) public official in the field of copyrights and the director of the U.S. Copyright Office. The Register work under the general direction of the Librarian of Congress (the Librarian, reporting on the provision of public services and other operational matters, consulting with him on major policy issues involving intellectual property, and keeping him informed of significant developments affecting the Copyright Office and the Library of Congress and other libraries. The Register exercises a high degree of independence in executing provision of copyright and other intellectual property laws of the U.S. as prescribed in Title 17, U.S. Code. Contact: Additional info and application form available at: https://wwws.loc.gov/hr/employment/slhrform/index.php?JOBS_ID=1717
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Washington, DC
Rare opportunity for civilian patent attorney in the United States Air Force Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. The Air Force is seeking a patent attorney with a minimum 2 years preparation/prosecution experience, particularly in the arts of electrical and mechanical engineering. The position is located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base (Dayton), Ohio. This job will provide unique challenges and ample opportunities to grow and excel in the fields of patent law and technology transfer law.
Contact: Additional information and application procedures are available at "USAJOBS." NOTE: Applicants must apply through the above link at the USAJOBS website by Monday, 2 August 2010.
The Energy & Environmental Research Center (EERC) is seeking a highly self-motivated individual to work with EERC researchers clients in identifying, developing, and protecting valuable intellectual property. The EERC is an international leader in energy and environmental research, conducting projects for clients throughout the United States and the world. The EERC is not an academic organization. It is an entrepreneurial not-for-profit organization with a strong business culture and philosophy.
The position reports directly to the Associate Director of Intellectual Property Management and Technology Commercialization and is to be part of a dynamic, integrated, and multidisciplinary team responsible for transferring EERC technologies into both new business ventures and existing companies while being involved with key innovators and creating intellectual property positions with leading companies around! the world.
The position is responsible for managing different aspects of intellectual property on individual EERC projects together with the commercialization team and senior researchers; handling the analysis, evaluation, and disposition of invention disclosures by EERC scientists and engineers; obtaining appropriate protection of inventions by working with outside counsel; assisting in drafting negotiating commercialization agreements, such as licenses and shareholder agreements; and maintaining client relationships and monitoring license compliance. Limited travel will be required. For more information regarding the EERC, please see www.undeerc.org.
Required Qualifications: • Bachelor's degree in science, engineering or law • Must have strong legal skills • Strong oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills • Criminal history background check Preferred Qualifications: • Experience in contract negotiation, intellectual property management, business development and consulting
• Industry experience in energy or environmental sectors
Contact: Please complete UND Application/Control Card form found online at www.humanresources.und.edu. If claiming Veterans preference, a DD Form 214 must be attached. If claiming Disabled Veterans Preference, a DD Form 214 and a copy of VA statement dated within past year must be attached. All applications must be received or postmarked by the closing date and have complete name and current mailing address.
UND is an Equal Opportunity employer.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Government Job Location: Grand Forks, North Dakota
Faced with a growing backlog and long patent pendency periods in a difficult fiscal environment, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is reaching out to former patent examiners, inviting them to return to the agency. “Because of their prior experience, returning examiners will need little training and will be able to hit the ground running,” said USPTO Director David Kappos. “These examiners can have an immediate impact on the patent examination backlog and reducing the backlog is our top priority.”
Former examiners who have passed their probationary requirement and who have resigned less than three years ago or have more than three years experience examining patents are invited to apply. The USPTO estimates that a few hundred former examiners are eligible to be rehired. Of that number, less than 100 are expected to accept the offer. Vacancy announcements for the positions have been posted at www.USAJobs.gov. The openings are for GS-9 through GS-14.
The initiative to rehire examiners will not increase the size of the agency’s workforce, but it will hopefully help the agency keep pace with the attrition rate. Currently 30 to 40 examiners per month leave the USPTO.
The rehire initiative is another example of the USPTO’s efforts recently to implement creative approaches to addressing the backlog and pendency. During the last several months, the USPTO has revamped the patent examiner count system to improve the examination process. It has also expanded the petition to make special option to green technologies and applicants who agree to abandon applications they deem less important.
AIPLA is seeking an attorney to serve as one of two Deputy Executive Directors with the principal day-to-day responsibility for international intellectual property issues of concern to the Association and issues relating to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Performs a wide range of representational functions relating to the nature of the Association’s preeminent role in domestic and international IP issues. Performs in-depth research and analysis on domestic and international legal topics as assigned. Independently exercises significant discretion and judgment in carrying out assignments.
Reports to the Executive Director.
The successful candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of and experience with international and USG-related intellectual property issues, policies, and organizations. A law degree with special expertise in the field of intellectual property law is required. Working relationships and experience in the USPTO is highly desirable, as are a proven track record of success in prior related work and superior communication skills.
Brookhaven National Laboratory is a nonprofit research and development institution whose purpose is to advance ideas and knowledge through a multidisciplinary program of basic and applied research. Our Legal Office has a full time opportunity for a Chief Intellectual Property Counsel.
The Chief Intellectual Property Counsel directs the activities of the Intellectual Property Legal Support Group within the Office of the General Counsel in all functions relating to identifying, evaluating, reporting and protecting discoveries and inventions developed by or contributed by Laboratory personnel. The group currently consists of a senior patent attorney and a paralegal.
Responsibilities include formulating Laboratory policy relating to intellectual property matters. The Chief Intellectual Property Counsel will oversee and participate in the identification of patentable intellectual property, the development of outside patentability and patent drafting contracts, discussions with inventors, web searches for identifying markets and customers, development of patent scope and preparation of patent applications. They will also oversee the patent prosecution work conducted by outside patent counsel and represent BNL with Patent Office Examiners. Additional responsibilities include providing guidance to management regarding most promising research and developing patent prosecution strategies; and providing legal advice on transactional matters including licensing and sponsored research contracts.
Requirements: • A Juris Doctorate – JD • 10 years of progressively responsible legal experience in the field of intellectual property • Strong managerial and communication skills, particularly writing and negotiating • Admission to at least one state bar, NY state preferred, and admission to USPTO • Extensive knowledge and experience in legal matters pertaining to the protection of intellectual property • Familiarity with the technologies at BNL that lend themselves to patenting • Government contracting experience preferred • Must be a U.S. Citizen
At Brookhaven National Laboratory we believe that a comprehensive employee benefits program is an important and meaningful part of the compensation employees receive. Our benefits program includes but is not limited to: • Medical Plans • Vacation • Holidays • Dental Plans • Life Insurance • 401(k) Plan • Retirement Plan • On site Child Development Center, Swimming Pool, Weight room ,Tennis Courts, and many other employee perks and benefits
Contact: We invite you to consider Brookhaven National Laboratory for employment. To be considered for this position, apply online at www.bnl.gov and click Jobs, then click Search Job List and search for job #14802.
Brookhaven National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer committed to work force diversity.
Additional Info: Employer Type: Other Job Location: Upton, New York (Long Island)
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) seeks an intellectual property specialist to work within its Partnership Development Office. The University is the largest government-funded tertiary institution in Hong Kong, with a total student headcount of about 27,200, of which 13,500 are full-time students, 11,400 are part-time students and 2,300 are mixed-mode students. It offers programmes at Doctorate, Master's, Bachelor's degrees and Higher Diploma levels. The University has 26 academic departments and units grouped under six faculties, as well as 2 independent schools. It has a full-time academic staff strength of around 1,250. The total consolidated expenditure budget of the University is in excess of HK$4 billion per year.
The University's Partnership Development Office is a unit of the Institute for Enterprise at PolyU. It serves as a hub of a network of partners and clients to enable technology transfer and commercialisation. Its mission is to build long-term relationships between internal academic talents and the industrial and business sectors. To tap on the vast capability and resources at PolyU, it serves as the first point of contact for the commercial and industrial sectors. It provides professional services in the areas of Business Development, Management of the University's Intellectual Property, and Marketing Services and Support.
Responsibilities: Successful candidate required to: • Advise PolyU’s staff and students on patent applications, strategies and other forms of intellectual property protection • Conduct patent search, prepare patent applications, professional response to office actions and patent annuity payment, and provide reminding services • Render patentability and non-infringement opinions • Provide services on patent litigation and administrative resolution of patent disputes • Conduct talks/seminars on intellectual property • Supervise clerical staff.
Requirements: Applicants should have the following: • Recognised university degree, preferably in Law and/or Science • Qualification of being a Registered Patent Attorney by examination • At least eight years of experience in a related field, including proven experience in the preparation of all forms of intellectual property applications • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills • An excellent command of English.
Preference will be given to those with good command of Chinese, including Putonghua.
(Applicants who have responded to the previous advertisement on July 12, 2008 need not re-apply.)
Benefits: Salary offered will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applicants should state their current and expected salary in the application. Remuneration package will be highly competitive.
Contact: Please submit application form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org; by fax at (852) 2764 3374; or by mail to Human Resources Office, 13/F, Li Ka Shing Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom, Kowloon, Hong Kong.
Application forms can be obtained via the above channels or they may be downloaded here. Recruitment will continue until the positions are filled. Details on the University's Personal Information Collection Statement for recruitment can be found here. Additional Info: Employer Type: Education Institution Job Location: Hong Kong