HP is an innovative, dynamic company with a rich past and a promising future. Started in a Palo Alto garage by Bill Hewlett and Dave Packard as a company that made audio frequency oscillators, HP has continuously reinvented itself. Today, HP is one of the world’s leading technology companies and provides printing and personal computing products, IT and Cloud services, and hardware and software solutions for the next generation of IT infrastructure.
The Patent Development Group in HP’s Office of the General Counsel (OGC) manages one of the largest patent portfolios in the world, which covers a wide range of technologies including PCs, printers, servers, storage, networking, enterprise software, enterprise services, and technologies originating in HP Labs. The successful candidate for the Patent Counsel position will support the Patent Development Group’s efforts to build and maintain a high quality patent portfolio with an emphasis on technologies related to Chemistry and/or Materials Science & Engineering. In particular, the successful candidate will be responsible for personally drafting and prosecuting strategic, high quality patent applications, while supporting the department in a number of other activities critical for its success. This position will offer significant promotional opportunities throughout the OGC and the chance to build a career with HP as an IP attorney.
The successful candidate’s responsibilities in the Patent Counsel role are expected to include the following:
Managing highly strategic patent applications throughout the patent lifecycle by collaborating directly with colleagues in HP’s inventor community, personally drafting and prosecuting high quality patent applications for strategically important inventions, and interacting with worldwide patent offices to secure valuable patent coverage
Working with technologies critical to HP’s long term success, including ink formulations or memristors
Actively participating in HP’s invention disclosure review process to help ensure that HP’s best inventions are identified and patented
Analyzing pending patent applications to determine their value to HP and to formulate a global filing strategy
Assisting patent portfolio managers with analysis of HP’s patent portfolio, including preparation of claim charts
Actively engaging in training, knowledge sharing, and other career development opportunities to hone technical and legal abilities and prepare for promotional opportunities
Participating from time to time as a member of a cross functional team to provide support in licensing, litigation, or other matters
Travel is in accordance with business needs and should be less than 5% of the time, most typically to other HP locations in the U.S.
The successful candidate is expected to possess the following qualifications and abilities:
A BS degree and/or advanced degree in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, or Materials Science & Engineering – prior academic or work experience with ink formulations or semiconductor manufacturing is a plus
A JD degree from an accredited university and admission to a state bar
Admission to the USPTO
3-8years of experience as a patent attorney
Strong academic credentials
Preference for candidates who have personally drafted at least 25 patent applications
Ability to work with clients in a team-oriented partnership to help them arrive at elegant solutions to their problems
Flexibility to accept new and different challenges in a fast paced, high tech environment
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
A positive attitude, creative spirit, passion for IP law, and strong motivation to excel
Please attach a resume and a recent writing sample, such as a published patent application and/or published Office Action response. We also prefer to receive a cover letter when possible.
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