Associate Patent Attorney (Engineering)

San Jose
Jul 07, 2024
Jul 15, 2024
Contract Type


• Patent preparation/ prosecution practice.
• Desire to work in a high energy environment geared to providing the highest level of client service.
• A practical understanding of how a patent makes a real–world difference. Exposure to other legal skills like litigation and transactions will certainly help a candidate.
• At least a BS in Physics or a Computer Engineering related discipline (e.g., EE, Computer Engineering, CS, etc ) or industrial experience in a similar engineering field. Deep experience with computer hardware, networking infrastructure, or semiconductor fabrication will be beneficial. Advanced degrees and industry work experience are both welcome. They protect some of the most interesting technology in the world and a genuine understanding of current topics is essential to their work.
• A JD from a top–tier law school with an excellent academic record.
• Admission to practice before the USPTO and the New York bar association.
• Exceptional English written and oral communication skills.
• Excellent analytical skills, a healthy imagination for problem solving, and a desire to pitch–in and help.
• A strong drive and willingness to own projects and see them to completion.
• Multi–dimensional interests. Whether it is deep knowledge of Star Trek or a refined love of cooking, they run best with interesting people.

Technologies: software, data transmission, video tech, and computer networking


• Preparing and prosecuting patent applications.
• Counseling clients on strategies for how to protect their inventions.
• Defending clients' patents against third party challenges.
• Helping clients when third parties have misappropriated their intellectual property.


Vanguard–IP specializes in the placement of IP/Patent professionals nationwide.

Our focus provides us with a deeper knowledge of our clients' needs, and our candidates' individual talents and career interests. Our broad network of long–term client relationships also gives us a competitive edge.

Our recruiters all have 10+ years of IP recruiting experience, and an exceptional record of success. We have superior knowledge of the IP job market, and offer trusted career advice for our candidates. We also have the resources and high level contacts to get your questions answered.

We look forward to speaking with you, and learning more about what you are seeking in your next opportunity.


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