Intellectual Property Attorney Job Description

United States


Intellectual property lawyer jobs involve legal matters related to"intellectual property," which is property in things like inventions, logos and artistic works that are products ofsomeone's mental efforts and intellectual labor.There are three main kinds of intellectual property:Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights.

Patents are ownership interests in scientific inventions like software, machines and medicines.Patents are regulated by the federal government and awarded by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (the "USPTO"). 

Trademarks are ownership interests in logos, symbols and slogans used to identify goods and services.Trademarks are regulated by the federal government and awarded by the USPTO.

Copyrightsare ownership interests in written and artistic expressions such as novels, screenplays, songs, architectural drawings and paintings.Copyrights are regulated by the federal government and awarded by the United States Copyright Office.

Intellectual property attorney jobs involve an array of legal matters relating to patents, trademarks and copyrights.Some intellectual property attorney jobs also involve matters related to trade secrets, which are the formulas, patterns and devices used by companiesto make their unique products.

The rationale behind intellectual property law (or "IP law") is to provide incentive for people and companies to invest in the development of new products and technology, to facilitate commerce, and to encourage creativity and artistic endeavors.Intellectual property rights in the form of patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets protect innovators and creators by preventing others from misappropriating the fruits of their labors for financial gain.

Here are a few sample intellectual property attorney job descriptions:

Intellectual Property Attorney

The candidate will have responsibility of addressing and/or managing all of the IP needs of the business including: Drafting, negotiating, interpreting and advising clients on IP related agreements, such as non-disclosure agreements and license agreements, and IP provisions in commercial agreements, such as manufacturing agreements, and supply agreements. Will be drafting freedom-to-operate and/or invalidity opinions. Evaluating inventions to determine patentability and, drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the USPTO and foreign counterparts. Advising and counseling clients on various IP matters involving copyrights, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Managing outside counsel; and Counseling clients on the above on a global basis, with input from local counsel as needed.

The candidate should be licensed to practice before a State Bar and also before the USPTO. Must have 5+ years of experience as an IP attorney, including experience with counseling clients on business aspects of IP matters. Experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications is a basic requirement. A chemistry degree or other relevant coursework is required. An ability to work closely with the business is a must.

Intellectual Property Attorney

The candidate should have 2-5 years of experience in patent preparation and prosecution. Must be members of the Patent Bar and have a degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science or an associated discipline. Relevant technological experience with software, semiconductor process and integration, cloud computing, network technologies, digital imaging, wireless communications, and/or consumer electronics is preferred. BIGLAW and prior industry experience are preferred. Texas Bar is required.

Intellectual Property Attorney

The candidate must be admitted to the Patent Bar. Must have 10+ years of experience in both litigation and transactional areas of patent practice, as well as some experience in soft intellectual property. Candidates must also have a portable book of business evidencing a skill set in and potential for additional business generation. Admission to Florida Bar is preferred.

Contract Intellectual Property Attorney

The candidate will assist with trademark matters. Must have 1-2 years of prior IP experience.   

Intellectual Property Attorney

The candidate should be admitted to practice before the USPTO. Must have experience preparing, filings, and prosecuting patent applications. Experience with post-grant proceedings and providing invalidity and non-infringment opinions is preferred. Must have chemical, electronic, or computer-related background. Must have 2+ years of experience in-house or at a law firm.

Seeking an Intellectual Property Attorney with mechanical or electrical engineering backgrounds and 2+ years of patent prosecution experience.'

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