7-18-19

Patent Agent – Electronics

Position Title: Patent Agent – Electronics, Company Headquarters, Chicago, IL



Experience: Has demonstrable track record of leading full life cycle of patent process including: interviewing inventors, analyzing and researching inventive ideas, drafting patent applications, prosecuting patent applications in the USPTO, including preparing office action responses, assisting foreign counsel with prosecuting patent applications in foreign jurisdictions, and post-grant maintenance and continuation filing. 



Location: Chicago, IL USA Company Headquarters


Supervisor’s Title: VP Innovation


Company Description: NuCurrent Inc. is a well financed venture-backed company and technology leader in wireless power systems and technology. NuCurrent’s culture of innovation has led to over 85 patents granted or pending and cutting-edge technology that is featured in some of the world’s first wireless power products for Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEMs in consumer electronics, medical and industrial devices, and automotive segments. Crain’s named NuCurrent as the Most Innovative Company in Illinois in the 2015 Eureka Index. NuCurrent is an elite team of high performance individuals with exceptional drive and passion for creating, and we hire candidates that exhibit these same qualities. For more information, visit http://www.nucurrent.com/aboutus/careers/


Key Words: Wireless Power, Wireless Charging, Intellectual Property, Patent, USPTO, Patent Agent, Patent Prosecution, Patent Drafting


Overview: We are looking for an experienced patent agent to take a leading role in building our patent portfolio breadth and depth. As the first full-time member of our in-house patent team, the right candidate thrives when provided the opportunity to define their own role and discover ways to maximize value creation through intellectual property. Working daily with engineers on the forefront of wireless power technology, the right candidate enjoys learning about new technology, has a strong background in physics and/or electronics, and can translate technical concepts into high-value claimable subject matter for NuCurrent’s global patent portfolio. The candidate will work closely with a team of world-class outside counsel, outside strategists, and internal experts.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Lead the entire patent process including:
    • knowledge extraction (interviews, disclosure process, etc.),
    • analyzing and researching inventive concepts,
    • patent drafting,
    • engagement with outside prosecution counsel
    • U.S. and foreign patent office responses
  • Develop an in-house system for tracking and improving portfolio quality
  • Work with outside prosecution counsel on patent office engagement and portfolio maintenance
  • Research industry patent landscape to define whitespace opportunity and inform internal R&D efforts
  • Support outside litigation counsel with patent-related issues
  • Support sales and marketing team to better articulate the value of the portfolio to customers
  • Develop internal processes to increase the throughput and quality of patents

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

  • Degree in engineering or related field (e.g. physics with an emphasis in electromagnetics or electronics) with practical experience preferred
  • Patent Bar required
  • Demonstrable track record of leading full patent cycle to create high quality patents
  • Technical knowledge and experience in the areas of electrical/electronics, electromagnetics, mechanical, signal processing, and/or software, with the ability to quickly come up to speed on inventions in these areas
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Self-regulated time management with the ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously

CULTURAL FIT:

  • NuCurrent’s elite team comprises individuals who are: mutually supportive, resilient, solutions focused, impactful, curious and relentless in pursuit of success
  • This role also requires someone who is: entrepreneurial, an excellent communicator, highly organized, collaborative, and a self-starter