Corporate Patent Attorney - 824 (GL021) Wilsonville, Oregon

Company:  Mentor Graphics
Job Title:  Corporate Patent Attorney - 824 
Job Location: US - OR - Wilsonville
Job Category: Finance/Legal/HR/Procurement


Job Duties:
Mentor Graphics is an electronic design automation (EDA) company that creates software and hardware for designing, verifying, and testing IC and PCB circuits and embedded digital systems. The company’s product areas include circuit simulation, logical verification, physical verification, design-for-test, place and route, hardware emulation, synthesis, and mixed signal simulation.

The position will work in Mentor Graphics’ Legal Department as part of a small patent prosecution group working closely with product R&D organizations. Specific duties include identifying and prioritizing inventions for patenting; drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications; managing foreign associates for prosecution of non-U.S. patent applications; and advising product groups on patent infringement, design-around projects, and other intellectual property related issues.


Job Qualifications:

All candidates should have excellent decision-making and judgment skills; demonstrate ability to work independently and efficiently, meet demanding deadlines and balance multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment; work well with individuals from diverse backgrounds, nationalities, and time zones; have an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering, computer science, physics, or a related field; and be willing to occasionally travel. Experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications is preferable, but not required.

Experienced patent attorneys will have passed the USPTO patent bar; have experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications; and be familiar with USPTO and PCT rules. Experience within the EDA industry is a significant plus.

Mentor Graphics will also consider candidates who are not patent attorneys, but who have demonstrable, excellent technical writing skills and are willing to sit for the USPTO patent agent exam; and have direct experience with EDA tools and the EDA industry.