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Lead Engineer - Intellectual Property Patent

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: GE
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Date posted: 02/03/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:


Search for and study recently published US national / international patents / published applications on a regular basis for Energy industry relevant items
Compile Patent search extract reports for IP Counsel & Eng. Leadership review
Develop high value invention ideas with inventors, ensuring quick conversion to formal Invention Disclosure Letters (IDL's) for assessment by GE Energy patent review board
Provide patent literature / explain content in specific Eng. disciplines for all related Energy Technical Landscape events
Prepare agendas for and support IP "landscaping" events for GE Energy Services business
Recognize and prioritize IP development of Energy Technology critical inventions
Provide assistance in the analysis of patents, pre-patent filing reviews, and export compliance
Provide patent literature / explain content in specific Engineering disciplines for all related Energy Technical Landscape events
Support Adv. Tech., NPI, Mature Product and I & FS teams with requests on technology / process idea submittals or patent clearance to avoid infringement issues.
Support NPI tollgate steps for patent clearance and IDL submittal related activities using patent surveillance process to identify patents of concern and related strategies to deal with any patents of concern
Develop ability to participate in right to practice, prosecution, and patent research Compile Patent search extract reports for IP Counsel & Engineering Leadership review
Investigate, theorizes, and reports technology developments. Categorize the GE Energy patent portfolio to support exclusive product & licensing strategies
Write, interpret, and present technology documents to the Company, as needed
Assist legal team in filing trademarks, copyrights, patents, etc.
Use patent search tools and databases
Ensure published patent literature listings are categorized into easy to search / use technical subject matters for expedient Engineering
Assist IP counsel establish criteria & develop processes for employee compensation when Patent applications are completed if applicable (country dependent)
Develop Business metrics on volume of IDL’s generated versus key Business objectives & report to leadership monthly
Increase high value IDL submission rate to exceed Business expectations or address shortfalls in expectations

Necessary Experience:


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Engineering
Minimum 4 years of experience of engineering experience
Minimum 1 year experience in working with intellectual property search and analytical tools

GE will only employ those who are legally authorized to work. Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the successful completion of a background investigation and drug screen.


Basic knowledge of patent law, how to read, understand and search for and identify relevant patents
Broad based knowledge of Energy technology
Exposure / familiarity with several Energy Products and Services
Ability to develop process / tools to assist in expedient high value idea development / IDL submittal, training for conducting patent searches & use of Inventor Center (Internal GE candidates) to submit IDL's
Possess ability to work closely with & take work direction from IP Counsel in support of IDL & Patent development plans (e.g. prior art search)
Basic Project Management skills, and excellent skills in use of data analysis tools like
Team player and demonstrated ability to self-direct
Successful completion of the Patent Agents exam (US)

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