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Patent Agent or Technical Advisor (Mechanical Engineering, Material Science)

Salt Lake City, Utah 80202

Dorsey & Whitney is a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner with locations across the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. We are a premier legal counselor to companies worldwide in a wide range of industries, including banking & financial institutions; development & infrastructure; energy & natural resources; food, beverage & agribusiness; healthcare; and technology.


Dorsey’s Patent group is seeking a Patent Agent or Technical Advisor with one to five years of patent prosecution experience to be located in our Salt Lake City office. Patent bar-eligible candidates with the right technology background and writing experience will also be considered. The ideal candidate will have a passion for understanding and writing about mechanical systems, materials, consumer electronics, and the outdoor industry. All relevant technical backgrounds will be considered. Strong academic credentials and USPTO admission or eligibility are required.


In this role you will:


  • Conduct inventor interviews in preparation for drafting original patent applications.
  • Draft patent applications and prosecute patent applications before the US Patent and Trademark office (USPTO) and foreign jurisdictions via communications with local counsel.
  • Prepare office action responses for local and international patent applications.
  • File documents with the USPTO when required.
  • Support patent litigation and perform due diligence on a per case basis.  
  • Perform patent searches, analyze invention disclosures, scientific or technical documents, and review issued patents in order to evaluate patent specific issues such as patentability and validity.
  • Conduct freedom to operate searches, competitive landscape searches, and review prior art.
  • Manage a U.S. and foreign patent prosecution docket such that deadlines are met.
  • Conduct interviews with examiners at the USPTO.
  • Work closely with our collaborative team of attorneys, agents, paralegals, and legal assistants to ensure excellence in client service at all times.


What we’re looking for:


  • One to five years of agent/advisor experience.
  • At least a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, or related field.
  • Strong academic performance.
  • USPTO admission is preferred. 


We are looking for the right person, not just the right resume or experience level. Collegiality and teamwork are highly valued, and broad skills and curiosity can be as important as a specific technical degree.


About Dorsey:


Dorsey values the strength that comes from a diverse and inclusive workplace. It contributes to the success of our people and our clients and enriches our experience. We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences to apply.


Dorsey & Whitney LLP is an EEO/AAP/Disabled Vets Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, ancestry, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, affectional preference, disability, age, marital status, familial status, status with regard to public assistance, military or veteran status, or any other legally-protected status.


Dorsey participates in E-Verify.


How to Apply:


Dorsey & Whitney LLP accepts online applications. Please go to the “Careers” section of the Dorsey website at www.dorsey.com/staffjobs and complete Dorsey’s online application form. If a disability affects your ability to apply using our online system, please call 612-492-5178 to discuss reasonable accommodations in connection with your application. We are unable to accept application materials by mail or email.


Dorsey offers a competitive pay and benefits package including comprehensive medical, dental, and vision insurance; domestic partner benefits (for same-sex and opposite-sex domestic partners; a generous paid time off policy; retirement savings plan; profit sharing contribution; paid holidays; paid parental leave, paid volunteer day; adoption assistance; back-up child care program; well-being programs and activities; a 24/7 employee assistance program with confidential counseling; and more! (Some benefits are subject to eligibility criteria).


Please note that Dorsey is not currently accepting search firm submissions in connection with this opening.


  • One to five years of agent/advisor experience.
  • At least a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Material Science, or related field.
  • Strong academic performance.
  • USPTO admission is preferred. 


Posted: 2021-09-03 Expires: 2021-10-03

Dorsey & Whitney

Clients have relied on the international law firm of Dorsey & Whitney LLP since 1912 as a trusted legal advisor and valued business partner. With locations across the United States as well as Canada, Europe and Asia, Dorsey provides an integrated, proactive approach to its clients' legal and business needs. Dorsey represents a number of the world's most successful companies from a wide range of industries, including leaders in the health care and life sciences industries. The Firm’s largest office is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dorsey’s diverse client base includes more than one-third of Fortune 100 companies.

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