Registered Patent Specialist

District of Columbia, (none selected)

Posted: 10/05/2023 Employment Type: Patent Prosecution Industry: Legal Job Number: RP10MCM Pay Rate: $120k-$180k

Job Description

Well known DC firm  is seeking a Registered Engineering  Patent Specialist for their Intellectual Practice Group. This position may be located in the following offices: Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Houston. The ideal candidate will be based in DC but will consider other locations.  The  Agent will work with Patent Attorneys to secure patents by preparing, filing and prosecuting applications involving new inventions with the U.S. Patent & Trademark office and should have  extensive work experience in the electrical/mechanical/computer technologies patent prosecution field

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.

Resumes should be sent in confidence to Catherine Mitchell; 

Job Requirements


  • Bachelors and/or masters degree in related field
  • Experience in both writing original patent applications and prosecuting pending applications
  • A minimum of three years of extensive work experience in the electrical/mechanical/computer technologies patent prosecution field required
  • A degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or equivalent technical experience.
  • 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 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


Additional Information

NRI is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

Meet Your Recruiter

Catherine Mitchell
Senior Account Manager

Since 1991, I have had the pleasure of building relationships with clients, candidates and a great team at NRI. The philosophy is simple; honest communication, team work, accountability and passion. It has led me to new experiences, some great new friends and a fantastic network of contacts across diverse industries. The people I have met have shared their interests and we have found much in common; from family bonds including our four legged buddies; to favorite books ; to the great outdoors and the joys of gardening. This has led to the ability to have warm conversations; sharing ideas and conducting business with people I enjoy working with.

I value my network and welcome the opportunity to expand it.
  Please feel free to reach out to discuss your career!

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