Posted: May 23, 2024

Engineering Patent Agent

Arnold & Porter - Washington, DC
Salary: $120,000.00 - $180,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: N/A
Law Firm

Arnold & Porter is seeking an Engineering Patent Agent for the Intellectual Property practice group.  This position may be located in the following offices: Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, or Washington DC.  The Patent Agent works with Patent Attorneys to secure patents by preparing, filing, and prosecuting applications involving new inventions with the U.S. Patent & Trademark office.  

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Evaluating the patentability of innovations and invention disclosures.  
  • Preparing, drafting, and filing patent applications.
  • Drafting responses to domestic and foreign Office Actions.
  • Performing research and analysis and providing guidance on a variety of patent and Intellectual Property related issues.  
  • Performing prior art database searches for patentability and freedom to operate analyses.  
  • Preparing draft amendments to patent claims, specifications, and abstracts.
  • Assisting patent attorneys with the global prosecution of complex patent families.


  • A minimum of two years of experience in both drafting original patent applications and prosecuting pending applications in the electrical and mechanical arts. 
  • A degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science, or equivalent technical experience. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Candidates currently licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as an agent are strongly preferred but consideration will be made to candidates with extensive experience who are planning to take the Patent Bar.
  • Familiarity with Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) practice is preferred.
  • Proficiency in Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office Suite and/or related software.
  • Excellent academic credentials and references.
  • Ability to maintain a high level of confidentiality.
  • Strong problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage time effectively and handle a variety of tasks simultaneously.
  • Excellent organization and communications skills, both oral and written.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while exhibiting a strong attention to detail.

The anticipated base salary for this position is $120,000 to $180,000. The actual base salary offered will depend on a variety of factors, including without limitation, the qualifications of the individual applicant for the position, years of relevant experience, level of education attained, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, the location in which the applicant lives and/or from which they will be performing the job.

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