Associate or Agent (Mechanical ONLY)
Nixon & Vanderhye P.C., a leading Washington, D.C.-area intellectual property law firm, seeks a patent attorney or agent with no more than 2-4 years of experience preparing and prosecuting mechanical-related patent applications.
The successful candidate will possess a Bachelor's degree, or higher, in Mechanical Engineering, as well as excellent writing/analytic skills, preferably with prosecution experience related to medical devices and/or textiles. The successful candidate will be fluent in mechanical and design language, e.g., cross-sections, drawing views, materials science, dynamic movement, force/vector analysis, manufacturing, and relationships between components. Foreign prosecution experience is a plus, but not required.
This position will provide opportunities for direct client exposure and hands-on interaction with products from clients and their competitors, as well as experience managing clients’ patent portfolios in the U.S. and foreign countries. This position will include focused, individual work, as well as one-on-one training and collaboration with experienced, partner-level attorneys on a daily basis. This position will also provide opportunities for occasional travel, including overseas, for client visits.
We offer the training and technology support to succeed in this position, and we offer opportunities for advancement based on merit, not a rigid formula. We also offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a full benefits package.
Qualified candidates should forward their resume, as well as undergraduate and law school transcripts and two writing samples (e.g., amendment/published patent application) in confidence.