Patent Agents

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With our unique client base of innovators in the life sciences and technology industries, our patents and innovations group is critically important to the firm’s long-term success.

And patent agents are a key part of that success.

Bringing critical scientific expertise and USPTO experience to our patents and innovations team, patent agents are integral to some of our most exciting technology work. Because they are in constant demand, patent agents make up almost 40 percent of our patents and innovations group’s headcount, and their continued professional development and advancement are a high priority for the firm.

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Patents and Innovations (Counseling and Prosecution)

We currently have openings for attorneys or IP Specialists in China with at least a masters level degree in biology, chemistry, bioengineering, or similar life sciences field. An exposure to a wide array of technologies is strongly preferred. Candidates must have a license to practice before State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”) and at least 3 years of experience in patent prosecution. Experience in appeal and invalidation proceedings is strongly preferred. Candidates must be fluent in both English and Mandarin with excellent verbal and written communication skills in both languages. We will consider candidates who are attorneys or patent agents. Responsibilities include working with the firm's clients and counsel in all aspects of the patent practice, including assisting in evaluating invention disclosures, drafting patent specifications and claims, preparing and prosecuting applications, and working on proceedings in the State Intellectual Property Office.

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If you would like to submit an application to Wilson Sonsini, but do not see an active posting for the office or practice you are interested in, please apply here.

Did you know?

There are more than 20 participants in Wilson Sonsini’s Patent Agent Law School Program (PALS) at any given time.

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Lori P. Westin
Patents and Innovations (Counseling and Prosecution)
San Diego

Patent agents are our lifeblood in the firm and especially in our patents and innovations group. Not only do they come in and they bring in new scientific expertise, they also help us to be able to do the work that we can in order to service our small clients, our entrepreneurial clients. 

At other firms, patent agents usually stay in the background. But not at this firm. We put them front and center before clients.