Patent Attorneys/IP Lawyers, Chemistry or Chemical Engineering backgrounds, 5+ years
Seeking high caliber Patent Attorneys to join SABIC’s global legal function in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (“SABIC”) is one of the world’s leading and most profitable manufacturers of chemicals, plastics, fertilizers and metals. With annual revenues of $50 billion and around 40,000 employees in 40 countries, SABIC was estimated by Forbes in 2011 to be the second largest global diversified chemicals company in the world. With significant investments in technology and innovation planned for 2013 and beyond, the Company is poised to continue its rapid global expansion. To help support this growth, it is now recruiting a number of high caliber Patent Attorneys to join its global legal function which already boasts 100 legal professionals worldwide.
Arnold & Porter‘s Washington office is seeking a mid-level registered patent associate for the Intellectual Property Practice Group to work on USPTO inter partes matters. Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 3 years’ experience in patent prosecution and preferably exposure to inter partes matters and evidence of excellent writing skills. Candidates must have a PhD in the life sciences, material sciences, or biomedical engineering fields. DC bar or ability to waive into DC bar required.
A PhD in either the life sciences, material sciences, or biomedical engineering fields
A minimum of 3 years experience in patent prosecution
Must have excellent academic credentials
Must have excellent writing skills
Must be able to supply Arnold Porter with excellent references
Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (“SABIC”) is one of the world’s leading and most profitable manufacturers of chemicals, plastics, fertilizers and metals. With annual revenues of $50 billion and around 40,000 employees in 40 countries, SABIC was estimated by Forbes in 2011 to be the second largest global diversified chemicals company in the world. With significant investments in technology and innovation planned for 2013 and beyond, the Company is poised to continue its rapid global expansion. To help support this growth, it is now recruiting a number of high caliber IP professionals to join its global legal function which already boasts 100 legal professionals worldwide.
You will be primarily responsible for supporting the Lead IP Counsel, KSA, Middle East & Africa, Manufacturing and Technology & Innovation leaders in developing and implementing IP strategy, providing legal and IP counseling and contract support to enhance the value of SABIC technology. This will include patent preparation, prosecution and maintenance, drafting and negotiating IP agreements, patent litigation and IP due diligence.
Successful and fast-growing hi-tech member of 90-year old family owned and professionally managed group of food and beverage companies offers rare opportunity for attorney to grow into senior management role. This individual will initially provide hands-on assistance in leveraging highly valuable patent portfolio in high stakes litigation and otherwise, while participating in training program through which he/she will eventually garner broad expertise in most all areas of business.
The successful party will be integrated into gifted team of in-house counsel who work in close coordination with nationally recognized outside counsel. This in-house team includes, among others, an attorney with LLM from Edinburgh University and several years of intensive patent litigation experience at 200-plus attorney firm; an attorney with JD with honors and 11-plus year patent background in both litigation and PTO proceedings at 1,100-plus attorney firm; an attorney with JD with honors and broad-based litigation experience at 200-plus attorney firm and an attorney with JD with honors and extensive litigation background at 1,200-plus attorney firm and 200-plus attorney firm.
Zies, Widerman & Malek, a law firm headquartered in Melbourne, Florida, seeks a patent attorney to join a busy and growing patent practice in our Florida office.
The firm seeks candidates with 2+ years of patent drafting experience, although less experience will be considered with well qualified candidates who closely match the desired technical background.
The ideal candidate will have experience writing patent applications. Patent bar qualified is an absolute must. Candidates who are already members of the patent bar are preferred. Admission to the Florida Bar, or willingness to sit for the Florida Bar, is required.
The firm has a heavy patent drafting and prosecution emphasis on electronics and electrical devices, mechanical devices, medical devices, computer software and systems. With this in mind, an electrical engineering or computer engineering background is strongly preferred. Candidates without an electrical/computer background are still encouraged to apply but must have practical patent experience drafting patent applications associated with electrical devices, computer software and systems.
Tech sector giants have been crying and moaning about how the patent system has run amok and needs to be scaled back, and continually beg for patent reform that would gut the patent system and weaken patent rights. Immediately after successfully lobbying for the America Invents Act (AIA), they are back at it again supporting new legislation aimed at making it more difficult to enforce patent rights pending in Congress. If they prevail with the passage of the Innovation Act, they will be back at it again no doubt. The longer term goal is to strip the International Trade Commission of its patent jurisdiction, which would make it impossible to stop the importation of infringing goods prior to entering the country. See Will the ITC Lose Its Patent Jurisdiction and Are Some Patent Holders More Equal Than Others?
The grumbling of the tech giants is increasingly being picked up by patent abolitionists who say “see, even Microsoft thinks there should be no patents,” which only adds to the hysteria. Of course, Microsoft is one of the top patenting companies year after year and they aggressively pursue software patens themselves. So while some of Microsoft’s public statements suggest that they do not like software patents, they aggressively seek them and then aggressively pursue licensing strategies. So it seems that Microsoft may talk a good game about software patents being undesirable and a real scourge, but when push comes to shove they will get as many patents as they can. Quite curious if you ask me!
So why do the tech giants want to make it hard for small businesses and individuals to get patents? Do you remember when “Wang” was synonymous with “computer,” or at least “word processor”? Perhaps not, but once upon a time it was indeed. The story of Wang is the story of technology companies generally speaking. What has always been true is that technology companies that reach the top are only passing through on their way down; to be replaced by smaller, leaner companies that pursue appropriate strategies and have solid and expandable innovations in demand.
Even mighty Microsoft couldn’t maintain their monopoly, and only the foolish would anticipate Google, Facebook and other tech giants to be on top indefinitely. That isn’t how the tech sector works, or is intended to work. But if a vibrant, robust and strong patent system is not there for start-ups today they will never become the giant, innovation shifting, growth companies of the future. That would be terrible for the economy, lead to stagnant innovation and guarantee that slothful, giant companies that have lost the ability to innovate would remain dominant rather than going the way of the dinosaur.
On Monday, August 5, 2013, the the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), a nonprofit association of academic technology transfer professionals, released the highlights of the AUTM U.S. Licensing Activity Survey: FY2012. The AUTM survey shares quantitative information about licensing activities at U.S. universities, hospitals and research institutions.The full report is scheduled for release at the end of the year.
The highlights of the survey reveal that University licensing and startup activity continued to see a robust increase during fiscal year 2012.
Institutions responding to the survey reported $36.8 billion in net product sales from licensed technologies in fiscal year 2012. In addition, startup companies formed by 70 institutions employed 15,741 full-time employees. This was the second year in which AUTM asked questions specifically targeted at ascertaining the economic impact of academic technology transfer.
President Lincoln was an independent inventor and patent owner.
Historically, innovation by individual inventors has driven our economy by creating new jobs and companies. Consider the names of some individual inventors who ultimately formed companies to exploit their ideas, but who initially manufactured nothing: Westinghouse (air brake), Ford (car), Gillette (razor), Hewlett-Packard (oscillation generator), Otis (elevator), Harley (motorcycle shock absorber), Colt (revolving gun), Goodrich (tires), Goodyear (synthetic rubber), Carrier (air treatment), Noyce (Intel), Carlson (Xerox), Eastman (laser printer camera), Land (Polaroid), Shockley (semiconductor), Kellogg (grain harvester), DuPont (gun powder), Nobel (explosives), the Wright brothers (aircraft), Owens (glass), Steinway (pianos), Bessemer (steel), Jacuzzi (hot tub), Smith & Wesson (firearm), Burroughs (calculator), Houdry (catalytic cracker), Marconi (wireless communication), Goodard (rocket), Diesel (internal combustion engine), Fermi (neutronic reactor), Disney (animation), Sperry (Gyroscope), Williams (helicopter), even Abraham Lincoln who was granted U.S. Patent No. 6,469. These are individuals who, in most cases, worked alone, without government or corporate support, yet, created not just new inventions, but whole new industries that employ millions of people today.
It can be argued, of course, that most of these inventors ultimately created manufacturing companies and that companies who merely buy patents from individual inventors contribute nothing. That seems to be much of what you are hearing. But what about small companies that are struggling to compete against corporate giants and need a strong patent system to level the playing field? As the inventor of the MRI scanning machine, Dr. Raymond Damadian, observed, it’s the small companies (not giants that ship their jobs to India and China) who provide the economic spark for new jobs in America.
How to Write a Patent Application is a must own for patent attorneys, patent agents and law students alike. A crucial hands-on resource that walks you through every aspect of preparing and filing a patent application, from working with an inventor to patent searches, preparing the patent application, drafting claims and more.
Without hesitation I recommend One Simple Idea and think it should be required reading for any motivated inventor. There is so much to like about the book and so much that I think author Stephen Key nails dead on accurate. The book is educational, information and inspirational. For the $14 cover price it is essential reading.
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