Working at Plantronics gives you the rare opportunity to make a difference and feel valued, respected and supported, both personally and professionally. You'll find the ideal blend of a casual, fun, friendly atmosphere with a strong commitment to the company's success.
The Patent Counsel’s primary responsibilities will be patent prosecution and IP enforcement against counterfeit and grey goods.
Prepare and prosecute domestic and foreign design and utility patent applications, from invention disclosure through appeal.
Instruct and monitor in-house paralegal, foreign and domestic outside counsel, and related service providers.
Conduct IP enforcement matters, including against counterfeiters, and, if appropriate in the relevant jurisdiction, grey goods sellers and importers.
Assist with other substantive legal work as required, including assessing IP infringement claims, IP licensing, litigation support etc.
An electrical engineering degree is preferred. Depending on experience, computer science, physics or other engineering degree may be acceptable.
Preferably five or more years but no less than three years of patent prosecution experience.
Registered to practice before the USPTO.
At least one state bar registration.
Excellent writing and communication skills.
Self-starter and ability to work efficiently with limited direction.
Superior organization skills and high attention to detail.
Commitment to complete IP research and providing thorough and excellent advice to clients
Additional Info Employer Type: Large Corporation Job Location: Santa Cruz, California
Since 1961 Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) people have been bringing sound innovation to the world. We are a world leader in personal audio communications for professionals and consumers. Our reputation for excellence is built on innovative products, a people-centered workplace and strong ethics.
Headquartered in Santa Cruz, California, Plantronics and its Clarity division have offices in 20 countries, including facilities in Mexico, China, and Europe. Plantronics offers a generous mix of health, financial and lifestyle benefits as well as career development opportunities to its associates. Discover Plantronics.
Duane Morris LLP has an opening for a junior associate, patent agent or technical writer with a EE degree and a background in integrated circuit design to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group.
Junior associate and patent agent candidates should have at least 3 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the area of “integrated circuit layout and design.”
Technical writer candidates should have an advanced degree in EE and significant experience preparing technical documents describing integrated circuit design and layout processes and structures.
For all candidates, industry work experience designing integrated circuits and fluency in speaking, reading and writing Mandarin is a plus. Ideal candidate will have excellent technical and legal writing skills, strong technical and legal analytical skills, strong academic credentials, significant experience preparing patent applications or technical documents concerning integrated circuit design and layout, and the ability to effectively communicate with clients and inventors, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. Candidate will also need to produce at least three writing samples of published applications or technical documents directed to integrated circuit design and layout.
Position is open to eligible candidates for the following office(s): San Diego and Philadelphia. Applicants who do not meet the above criteria should not apply. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.
Duane Morris LLP has an opening for an Intellectual Property Associate with 3-6 years’ experience in patent prosecution and litigation to join its growing Intellectual Property practice group in its Silicon Valley office. Ideal candidate must have strong academic credentials, superior writing ability, a quick-study aptitude and the ability to engender client confidence, and thrive in a creative, entrepreneurial and collegial environment. USPTO and California bar admission required; technical background preferred. Large law firm experience preferred. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.
Foster Pepper is seeking an Intellectual Property Litigation Associate with a minimum of two years of experience to join our growing team of professionals in the Seattle office. Qualified applicants will have training and/or education in trademark and patent laws and experience in those areas in federal courts or tribunals in the United States.
The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, references, academic credentials and long-standing, demonstrated enthusiasm for intellectual property litigation. Candidates interested in relocating from other areas of the country are welcome. Washington State Bar membership or eligibility for reciprocal admission to Washington is a plus.
Foster Pepper PLLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, citizenship, sex, marital status, military or veteran status, disability, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality or gender expression or identity), political ideology, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
Oliff PLC, a full service IP Law firm with offices in Alexandria, Virginia, and Charlotte, North Carolina, is seeking Patent Attorneys or Agents with a background in Electrical Engineering or Mechanical Engineering or closely related fields (background in Optics is a plus). Applicants should have at least two years of patent prosecution experience in a law firm, and experience drafting patent applications is preferred. Positions involve all aspects of patent prosecution, with opportunities for increasing levels of responsibility and movement into other areas of our IP practice. Competitive salary and benefits package.
The Denver office of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck has a position available for immediate filling in the trademark, copyrights, media, and brand protection group. Our dynamic and growing practice is looking for an associate with 2-4 years of hands-on experience in brand management, portfolio management, and trademark clearance, counseling, and prosecution. Our clients include internationally known casino and gaming companies, recognizable cosmetic and food and beverage brands, and pet industry mainstays. This availability presents the right candidate with the opportunity to grow as a trademark attorney in a fast-paced environment working closely with our current team of specialists and the decision-makers at our clients. The ideal candidate will have significant experience with USPTO prosecution, strategy, and day-to-day management of trademark portfolios as well as a familiarity with advertising, marketing and promotions matters. Our IP department seeks individuals who are motivated to succeed, pay close attention to detail, and have strong communication skills. We place heavy emphasis on the ability to thrive in a collegial and collaborative atmosphere and offer a competitive salary and benefits.
Contact Please apply by sending a cover letter, resume, references, writing sample, and transcripts to Jamie Olberding, Director of Attorney Recruiting and Integration, at firstname.lastname@example.org. EOE
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Denver, Colorado
PRECISION IP, a premier IP law firm in Silicon Valley is looking for patent attorneys and patent agents with CS/EE backgrounds to serve the patent prosecution needs of the largest Fortune 100 Silicon Valley companies.
HIGHLY COMPETITIVE COMPENSATION: Base salary is 33% to 60% of total fees billed without any minimum billable hour requirements (work part time or full time), plus bonuses up to 15% of base salary.
FLEXIBLE WORK ENVIRONMENT: Work in our San Jose downtown high-rise office building or telecommute from anywhere in the San Francisco bay area. Invention disclosure meetings and strategy discussion meetings must be attended in-person.
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW in Fort Worth, Texas seeks to expand its top-ranked intellectual property law program by hiring a full-time faculty candidate with expertise in one or more areas of intellectual property practice for a contract, tenure-track, or tenured clinical position, with rank dependent on qualifications and experience. The responsibilities will include teaching in and providing supervision of clinics that support the work of the Center for Law and Intellectual Property (CLIP). CLIP affiliated clinics include the IP and Technology Law Clinic, which has both trademark and patent programs, and the Entrepreneurship Clinic.
Candidates must have a J.D. degree or its equivalent. The successful candidate also will have a strong background in one or more areas of intellectual property practice, including patent, trademark, and/or copyright law. Preference will be given to those with demonstrated outstanding practice experience and classroom teaching skills. Candidates seeking a tenure or tenure track appointment must have demonstrated outstanding scholarly achievement.
Texas A&M University is a tier-one research institution and American Association of Universities member. The university consists of 16 colleges and schools that collectively rank among the top 20 higher education institutions nationwide in terms of research and development expenditures. As part of its commitment to continue building on its tradition of excellence in scholarship, teaching, and public service, Texas A&M acquired the law school from Texas Wesleyan University in August of 2013. Since that time, the law school has embarked on a program of investment that increased its entering class credentials and financial aid budgets, while shrinking the class size; hired eighteen new faculty members, including twelve prominent lateral hires; improved its physical facility; and substantially increased its career services, admissions, and student services staff.
As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Texas A&M welcomes applications from a broad spectrum of qualified individuals who will enhance the rich diversity of the university’s academic community.
Contact Applicants should email a résumé and cover letter indicating research and teaching interests to Professor Gabriel Eckstein, Chair of the Faculty Appointments Committee, at email@example.com. Alternatively, résumés can be mailed to Professor Eckstein at Texas A&M University School of Law, 1515 Commerce Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76102-6509.
Additional Info Employer Type: Education Job Location: Fort Worth, Texas
Tired of the salt mines? Looking for a challenging environment to apply your big firm skills? Vasquez Benisek & Lindgren LLP, an intellectual property boutique firm located in the San Francisco East Bay, seeks highly motivated associate for national IP litigation practice. Candidates should have 3-5 years of IP litigation experience and a desire to assume major day-to-day case handling responsibilities; PTO license and/or technical background a plus. Re-exam or IPR experience a plus.
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP seeks a patent attorney to join its Intellectual Property Group in Indianapolis. Candidates must have a minimum of 2 yrs. experience in a general practice firm or patent boutique and a chemical or electrical engineer undergraduate degree. Professional work environment, competitive compensation, flexible billable hours and excellent benefit package.
Contact Please send cover letter and resume (including undergraduate and law school transcripts) to firstname.lastname@example.org. No phone calls please.
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Indianapolis, Indiana
Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. is seeking part-time and full-time patent attorneys and agents to assist us with our growing practice. Opportunities are available primarily for preparation and prosecution work for a variety of clients in the electrical, electro-mechanical, software, and Internet technology areas. Persons with law firm experience and/or tech industry experience, as well as present and former Examiners, are all encouraged to apply. We offer excellent compensation and a relaxed work environment. Inquiries are treated in absolute confidence. Portable business is not required. Applicants may be remotely located.
USPTO registration (in good standing) is preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or related field is desired, and advanced degrees and/or industry experience in these areas are a plus.
Contact Interested applicants should email their resumes to email@example.com (Attn: Recruiting Manager).
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Remote
Fiala & Weaver P.L.L.C. provides intellectual property services to corporations of all sizes, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups. The firm has received numerous international accolades, including perennial inclusion in the industry standard rankings of Intellectual Asset Magazine. Most recently, both founding partners and the law firm itself were honored to be included in the IAM Patent 1000 2016 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals.
Volpe and Koenig, P.C., an Intellectual Property law firm with offices in Philadelphia and Princeton, has an opening in either office for a mechanical prosecution attorney with at least three years of independent patent prosecution and preferably litigation experience.
• Participate in all phases of complex patent litigation work
• Preparation and prosecution of moderate to complex patent applications
• Preparation of claim charts for infringement analysis and IPR petitions
• Conduct IP related due diligence
• Independent docket management for domestic and foreign prosecution
• Effective written and oral communications with clients
Required Skills and Experience:
• Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering,
• JD and admission to practice before the US Patent Office
• 3+ years of patent prosecution experience
• 2+ years of patent litigation experience
• Excellent patent analysis ability
• Ability to interface independently with clients
• Strong technical and legal background
Additional Info Employer Type: Law Firm Job Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Volpe and Koenig, P.C. is a growing Intellectual Property law firm with offices in Philadelphia, PA and Princeton, NJ. Our expanding practice welcomes employment inquiries from talented attorneys, patent agents, subject matter experts, paralegals and support staff. Committed to a superior workplace environment, Volpe and Koenig has been named one of the Top Workplaces in the Philadelphia Region for two consecutive years. We believe our staff, who are dedicated to our clients’ and firm’s success, make Volpe and Koenig, P.C. a great place to work.
Volpe and Koenig, P.C. provides an exciting and developing career path, opportunities for community involvement, and the chance to interact with some of the most advanced colleagues and clients in the international IP world. In addition, we offer the following benefits:
• Generous health benefits package
• Life and disability insurance
• 401(k) retirement plan and profit sharing
• Transit checks
Volpe and Koenig, P.C. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Harrity & Harrity, LLP is looking for remote, local, or reduced hours patent professionals to prosecute patent applications for leading global technology companies, including numerous Fortune 500 companies. Candidates must have excellent writing and communication skills, and a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, or equivalent fields is required. Candidates must possess an in depth grasp of wireless communications (e.g., LTE, WCDMA, 3GPP).
We are looking for someone with significant prosecution experience who can hit the ground running with minimal training. Former Patent Examiners are preferred but we will consider anyone with significant prosecution experience in the electrical technology areas.
Quality is the area that separates Harrity & Harrity, LLP from our peers. We pride ourselves on consistently delivering a high quality work product. Many of our patent professionals have previous experience at big law firms and as Patent Examiners. We give our professionals the unique ability to not only interface with clients (both inventors and in-house counsel) and prospective clients, but also the opportunity to contribute to improving the day-to-day operations of the firm and creating new and innovative systems.
We provide in-depth training in patent law, patent preparation, patent prosecution, business development, and client management. Our work environment is casual, collaborative, and friendly but we work really hard. We also provide an excellent compensation package, with comprehensive benefits and a salary that is production-based. The salary potential, for your first full year of employment as a full-time patent attorney, is $200K+.
Patent attorney with 15 years experience, looking for 1-2 partners to start new IP law firm in Alexandria, VA. My background is chemical, and my work has been mainly in the area of patent application preparation and prosecution, with some opinion work and some trademark work.
You must be ready to start in the next 3-4 months, and you must have enough work to keep you busy, at least in the short term. Electrical and mechanical engineers are preferred.
Clairvolex, a rapidly growing IP asset management company that helps global IP owners build smart patent portfolios, is looking for a US patent attorney/well-experienced patent agent for an expat role at its global delivery center near New Delhi, India.
The successful candidate will be responsible for managing, training, and mentoring our team of patent agents on various prosecution and portfolio management activities. Quality oversight, development and compliance of portfolio development guidelines, customer communications, team-efficiency, process development are also key responsibilities of the role.
Eligible candidates include qualified USPTO-admitted patent attorneys or patent agents with 8+ years of experience preparing, prosecuting, and managing patent portfolios in hi-tech industries (telecommunications, semiconductors or enterprise software). Although not required, prior in-house experience as patent counsel will be an added advantage.
The role carries attractive remuneration commensurate to an overseas assignment and other benefits. Upon completion of two years in the expat role at our India delivery center, the candidate will have the option to relocate to one of Clairvolex’s offices in the United States (Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, or Salt Lake City).
This position will be responsible for patent prosecution oversight in general, and more specifically supervision and quality control of the production of U.S. and EPO office action responses. Manage outside counsels for legal functions connected with filing office action responses, Examiner interviews and legal steps relative to allowance. The person will hands-on coach, train and mentor engineers in all aspects of US patent preparation and prosecution, and in particular the following:
A. Quality Oversight and Team Mentoring
Review and quality control responses to offices actions issued by USPTO and drafted by the Patent Engineers.
Wherever necessary, and in complex cases, hands-on draft office action responses.
Responsible for instructing the US outside counsels in regard to filing response to office actions, Examiner interviews, preparing and filing continuations, and matters connected with prosecution of US patent applications until grant.
In conjunction with the European Outside Counsels, review and supervise the responses to office actions issued by the EPO and drafted by the Patent Engineers.
Train, coach and mentor patent engineers to write high quality office action responses.
Offer technical support, subject matter expertise and portfolio development strategy advice to the team.
Develop training materials and offer training to Clairvolex employees, and patent engineers in particular.
Support through rendering subject matter expertise to the IPMS (IP Management Service) team – a large group of paralegals handling a variety of functions for multiple large in-house corporate IP operations.
B. Business Support & Client Relationship
Responsible for customer relations management relative to prosecution functions.
When required travel to client facilities for on-site reviews.
When required attend potential customer meetings and reviews.
Contribute to CLRC (Clairvolex Learning & Research Center) occasional articles, research papers and/or research in-put (not-mandatory).
Provide business support including by offering online presentations, attending conference calls to render presentations on service lines and related processes, making client specific proposals, obtaining client references (if and when specifically required) and providing case studies.
Contact If interested, please apply with a copy of your resume and a cover letter addressed to:
Head, Global Talent Acquisition
Additional Info Employer Type: Small Corporation Job Location: New Delhi, India and Silicon Valley, California; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; or Salt Lake City, Utah
The Palo Alto office of Baker Botts L.L.P.is currently seeking a Patent Agent with 1-5 years of experience. Candidates must have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering or electrical engineering. Industry experience in those fields a plus, but not required.
Excellent academic credentials, experience writing patent applications and a license to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office are a must.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Communicate with, and act as liaison between, inventors and Patent & Trademark Office in connection with all aspects of patent application process.
Evaluate and report on the technological aspects of inventions and other scientific matters. Advise attorneys on general and specific technologies and investigate those technologies as needed.
Prepare draft patent applications in particular incorporating scientific aspects of inventions.
Prepare draft responses to communications from U.S. and foreign patent offices with regard to factual and other scientific matters.
Discuss the scientific aspects of inventions with clients and inventors and thereafter provide attorneys with a report on those discussions.
Draft, organize, analyze, review and summarize documents.
Review and analyze client and other files.
Conduct regulatory and factual research.
Communicate face-to-face, by e-mail and by telephone with staff, clients, vendors, and PTO and agency personnel.
Coordinate workflow with outside service providers.
Organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints in an efficient and cost effective manner.
Identify and analyze complex patent issues and problems and implement solutions.
Interact professionally with clients, lawyers, and employees at all levels and provide information with ordinary courtesy and tact while safeguarding confidentiality.
Provide direction and guidance to legal support staff on specific issues, as appropriate.
Stay abreast of technology trends and make recommendations regarding technology needs.
Undertake continuing education, and remain abreast of current patent prosecution issues and trends, as required to maintain appropriate accreditation in the field.
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
Ability to work well with internal and external clients;
Strong aptitude of working with the USPTO;
Strong organizational skills, problem solving skills and attention to detail;
Customer service focused and;
Excellent strategic planning and organizational skills.
Knowledge and Skills
Advanced working knowledge of database research principles, methods, techniques, and resources.
Ability to analyze, interpret, and draw inferences from research findings, and prepare reports.
Ability to provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.
Strong investigative and problem resolution skills.
Knowledge of principles, procedures, and standards for drafting a range of complex patent documentation in area of expertise.
Ability to effectively communicate complex factual, technical information.
Ability to develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.
Ability to use independent judgment and to manage and impart confidential information.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals.
Advanced oral and written communication skills.
Knowledge of current and emerging developments and trends within area of expertise.
Ability to organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints.
Ability to learn and capably use various software packages.
Ability to operate standard office equipment.
Knowledge of and use of time management and project management strategies.
Ability to facilitate individual and group meetings.
Ability to understand and comply with confidentiality issues and ethical responsibilities
Ability to travel to private and public buildings via private or public conveyance to assist in attending to client needs on legal matters.
Within the resident office, there is daily contact with partners, associates, paralegals, and office personnel at all levels. There is a moderate amount of contact with these same groups in other offices.
Outside the Firm, there is a moderate amount of contact with clients, vendor representatives and agency personnel.
The Innovation Practice Center Executive Director/Intellectual Property Faculty hire will be hired within the University of Akron School of Law. This is either a tenure track or tenured position depending upon the candidate’s qualifications. The secondary appointment for the incumbent will most likely be within the College of Business Administration but may be within the College of Engineering. Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Duties: This is a key leadership position in connection with the creation of an Innovation Practice Center (IPC) at The University of Akron. The incumbent is responsible for the coordination and operation of all aspects of the IPC.
In coordination with the School of Law Dean, School of Law, College of Business Administration and other University faculty and IPC faculty the incumbent will engage in relevant scholarship on the innovation process, teach courses in the general area of the relationship of intellectual property, innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization, and provide appropriate service to the university community. For each of the first two years, the incumbent will teach a 50% course load within the area of hire, that is, the teaching load for the incumbent will be 50% of the normal teaching load for similarly situated professors within the School of Law, assist in the development of additional course material for students and faculty, serve on Master’s and Doctoral review committees, and work collaboratively with other University of Akron faculty to help faculty understand and utilize the University of Akron innovation process. Depending on level of funding and research, this 50% course load could continue beyond the first two years.
The incumbent, in coordination with the relevant deans and faculty, will work with multi-disciplinary teams of students from the School of Law, College of Engineering, Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business Administration, and College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering to facilitate the protection and commercialization of new technologies developed by university inventors and entrepreneurs and to promote sound public policies. The incumbent will assist in the development of new, interdisciplinary courses relating to the innovation process and in the creation of new degrees and/or certificate programs in the area of innovation. The incumbent will help identify sources of outside funding and, working with university personnel, seek grants, gifts, and other funding opportunities for continual support of IPC activities. The incumbent, with other IPC faculty, will identify potential members of an advisory council and work with such council in achieving the vision and mission of the IPC.
Required Qualifications: The incumbent must possess a terminal academic degree in law and a degree in a business-related field or engineering (as relevant). The candidate’s education and experience in business or engineering must be sufficient to obtain a secondary appointment in the College of Business Administration or College of Engineering, respectively. The candidate must have significant experience in the area of intellectual property law, business creation, or company start-up. The incumbent will work closely with other IPC faculty and must be a team builder.
Preferred Qualifications: It is preferred that the candidate have experience starting a company, capitalizing a company, successfully running a company, and successfully exiting a company. It is also preferred that the candidate have a good understanding of the innovation process, pathways to commercialization, potential roadblocks, and pitfalls.
The anticipated start date is August 25, 2014, for a nine-month appointment.
Contact: For complete details and to apply for this position, visit: http://www.uakron.edu/jobs. Job ID# 8036. When submitting the online application (link listed above) please be prepared to attach a resume, cover letter and list of references.
The University of Akron is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state and federal laws.
Patent Portfolio Builders PLLC, (formerly Potomac Patent Group of Fredericksburg) an Intellectual Property law firm specializing in the preparation and prosecution of patents in the electrical, software and mechanical technologies, is searching for an experienced Patent Attorney or Patent Agent to address increasing workloads.
Responsibilities include preparing and prosecuting patent applications with the opportunity to do some opinion and licensing work. Qualified candidates will have significant experience drafting patent applications, as well as a degree in EE, CS, Physics or the like, and will view themselves as able to operate independently with little or no supervision. No book of business is required, as plenty of work is available, however, interesting opportunities may also be available for candidates who have (or wish to develop) business.
Salary, working hours and location are negotiable, however, the preferred candidate will be able to work from the Fredericksburg, Virginia office at least two days per week.
Contact: Please send resume, along with a sample patent application that you have drafted (if possible) to: