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Senior Patent Engineer

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: COMMSCOPE
Location: Forest, Virginia
Date posted: 02/17/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

Senior Patent Engineer
About the Job
Andrew Solutions, a CommScope Company, is the foremost supplier of one-stop, end-to-end radio frequency (RF) solutions. Our Antenna, Cable, and Cabinet Group and Wireless Network Solutions Group combine to design, manufacture and deliver complete solutions for wireless infrastructure--from top-of-the-tower base station antennas to cable systems and cabinets, RF site solutions, signal distribution, and network optimization. For more information, please visit www.commscope.com.


Wireless Network Solutions is currently recruiting for a qualified, interested and available Senior Patent Engineer for an opportunity located in Forest, VA.


POSITION SUMMARY:
Perform "novelty", "clearance", and "validity" searches to assist in developing the Company's intellectual property portfolio and to support the engineering team's objective of delivering innovative and commercially successful products. Establishment of periodic patent study reports. Generate invention disclosures and corresponding claims in preparation for filing patent applications and report periodically. Active involvement in development projects with regard to patent research. Aid the engineering team in identifying patentable inventions. Identify infringements of the Company�s intellectual property rights. Keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the industry and intellectual property law. Coordinate internal and external patent lawyer contacts. Performing periodic reviews of the portfolio of the company and its competitors. Guiding prosecution counsel regarding portfolio development activities. Driving reverse engineering and tear-down analysis efforts to prove infringement. Providing patent counsel with guidance on technical matters and craft clear and actionable prosecution plans. Providing claim charts for re-examination filings. Mentors the Junior Patent Engineer. The position requires domestic and international traveling of approximately 25%.


MAJOR ACTION AND SUPPORT ACTIONS:
Generating patent disclosures with input from the engineers
Prosecution of patent applications
Perform IP searches and portfolio reviews
Monitoring and technical investigation of possible infringement of our patents
Mentor junior patent engineer and other engineers in patent matters
Select the best method of patent searches and prosecution. Determine the most appropriate path for the task at hand.
Prioritization of daily work, when to engage with upper management or inside/outside counsel.

Necessary Experience:

 QUALIFICATIONS
Bachelors degree is required. Electrical Engineering degree is strongly preferred.
Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and/or JD is preferred.
USPTO registered agent is preferred.
Minimum 3 years experience working as an IP professional performing patent analysis and/or patent prosecution required.
Minimum 8 years industry experience.
Minimum 5 years experience in wireless network infrastructure design / electrical engineering.
In-depth understanding of RF repeaters and DAS systems as well as wireless networks; solid knowledge in wireless standards (GSM, CDMA, OFDM) are a pre-requisite.
General knowledge in the field of optical systems will be of advantage.
Experience with preparation and filing of patent applications.
Solid understanding of USPTO, WIPO, and EPO rules.
General knowledge of IP issues in the wireless industry.
Strong advocacy, presentation and communication skills.
Must be willing and able to travel approximately 25%, both domestically and internationally.
Must have outstanding written and verbal English communication skills.
Solid knowledge in written and spoken German and/or Italian is helpful


It is the policy of Andrew Solutions, a CommScope Company, to provide Equal Employment Opportunities to all individuals based on merit, qualifications and abilities. Andrew Wireless Solutions does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age disability, or any other characteristics as protected by law.

Contact: Apply Online : https://recruiter.kenexa.com/andrew/cc/CCJobDetailAction.ss?command=CCViewDetail&ccid=bupJEdUjsTs%3D&job_REQUISITION_NUMBER=22698

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