Patent Transfer Specialist

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Wilson Sonsini is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm has approximately 1,200 attorneys in 19 offices: 14 in the U.S., three in China, and two in Europe. Our broad spectrum of practices and entrepreneurial spirit allow our staff exceptional opportunities for professional achievement and career growth.

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati’s Patents and Innovation group has an immediate opening for a Patent Transfer Specialist. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of experience with patent prosecution. The ideal candidate must be knowledgeable regarding aspects of patent prosecution and the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) System and Electronic Filing System (EFS). Knowledge regarding a calendaring system is required and knowledge of Computer Packages Inc.’s (CPI) calendaring system is a plus.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Process incoming and outgoing client transfers;
  • Review and organize paper and electronic files and identify and reconcile outstanding items;
  • Confirm chain of title and inventorship
  • File powers of attorney
  • communicating with internal departments as well as clients, new counsel, and foreign counsel in order to facilitate the intake of IP portfolios; and working on other projects as necessary
  • Review of application case statuses in PAIR, WIPO, EPO, Orbit, foreign PTO sites, and review of electronic documents and physical files to build family case lists.


  • The ideal candidate is a self-starter who is detail-oriented, efficient, flexible, and results-oriented;
  • Excellent communication, computer, prioritization, and organizational skills; possesses the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
  • Works well independently as well as part of a team
  • Produces accurate work product. A bachelor’s degree and/or paralegal certificate is preferred.

The primary location for this job posting is in Palo Alto, but other locations are also listed. The actual base pay offered will depend upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to the selected candidate’s qualifications, years of relevant experience, level of education, professional certifications and licenses, and work location. The anticipated pay range for this position is as follows:

San Francisco and Silicon Valley: $39.23 – $53.08 per hour

Austin, Boston, Boulder, District of Columbia, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and Wilmington: $35.14 – $47.55 per hour

Salt Lake City and all other locations: $31.47 – $42.57 per hour

The compensation for this position may include overtime and a discretionary year-end merit bonus based on performance. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

Benefits information can be found here. Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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