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Patent Licensing Technologist

Company name

Western Digital Corporation

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Valid Through

Sep 25,2019

Posted on

Jun 12,2019

Years of Experience

Min 6 yrs required


San Jose, CA, United States

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Practice Area
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent - Hard Sciences >> Electrical Engineering
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Patent Licensing Technologist
The candidate works closely with engineering teams and in-house patent attorneys to understand company and/or third party patents and their applicability in the industry. Analyzes company patent portfolios and possible licensing targets to determine patent licensing opportunities, including evaluating third party products or publications to assess use of company patented technologies. Performs prior art searches and analysis to assess patent validity and enforceability. Analyzes company or third party patent portfolios to determine strength and applicability to specific technologies. Creates testing instructions based on applicable claim language for reverse engineering experiments to determine patent infringement. Creates detailed claim charts documenting patent infringement analysis or patent claim invalidity. Evaluates third party patents offered for sale to determine strength and industry usage. Analyzes and advises regarding the right to use desired technologies and appropriate freedom of action. Evaluates markets and products to determine industry technology usage and trends. Analyzes and advises on third party patents in connection with prospective litigation, due diligence, licensing/business negotiations, and/or other related business purposes. Communicates with patent portfolio development personnel to ensure existing portfolio prosecution supports licensing efforts. Maintains technical and patent practice competence through CLE and technical learning opportunities (as needed and available). Some domestic travel may be required. Read, analyze, and interpret documents such as technical reports, instructions, procedures and scientific journals. Write technical reports/documentation, department procedures and business correspondence with good grammar, spelling, punctuation, and structure. Write clear and concise complex technology or licensing summaries.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate should be a patent attorney/agent with 6+ years of experience, and preferably a BS degree in electrical engineering. Alternatively BS Engineering with 10+ years of engineering work experience, or MS Engineering with 7+ years of engineering work experience, or PhD with 5+ years engineering work experience will be considered. Patent prosecution and patent licensing experience preferred. Should preferably have experience in the following technology areas: consumer data storage electronics/architecture, networking electronics/architecture, hard disk drives, solid-state drives, firmware/software, semiconductor design / fabrication, magnetics, and/or computer systems. Knowledge of industry trends to assess commercial value of patents and inventions is desired. Ability to effectively search and assess US and foreign prior art references a plus.

Additional info

Requisition #: JR-0000048949

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Western Digital Corporation
5863 Rue Ferrari
San Jose, CA 95138-1857

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