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Patent Engineer

Company/Firm: McGarry Bair PC
Location: Rapids, MI
Date posted: 07/15/09
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description: McGarry Bair PC is an Intellectual Property law firm in Grand Rapids, MI, specializing in all aspects of intellectual property law world-wide, including obtaining, enforcing, and defending patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, and agreements. Our prime directive is responsive client service, which we accomplish with a team of hard-working and intelligent people who appreciate a relaxed, blue-jean culture, yet are able to thrive in an independent and sometimes intense work environment. Learn more about us at

Job Description:
We are looking for a Patent Engineer to help in protecting our clients' intellectual property. You will help analyze the patentability of inventions, including computer searching for related inventions, prepare and help prosecute patent applications, aid in assessing infringement risks for new products, and help guide the development of new products. 

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Job Qualifications:
The Patent Engineer position is a desirable alternative for an engineer or scientist seeking a non-traditional, yet related profession. The job incorporates technical knowledge with analytical skills, and requires you to apply them in a variety of technical fields. You will need to learn new technologies quickly and be able to teach others as well. You must have strong reading and writing skills in the English language. Strong computer skills, especially computer searching and research skills, are necessary.

The best person for the job is able to succeed in a casual work environment with a client-focused, yet highly professional culture. You should enjoy working with small teams while being independently responsible for your individual tasks. We need a problem solver who is strategically agile, who enjoys variety, who is quick to learn and adapt, and who is unafraid to work intensely with quick responsiveness to rapidly changing client demands.

No legal experience is required; we will teach you what you need to know. You must have a bachelor's degree in engineering or science; an advanced degree is a plus but is not required. Ability to read Japanese and Korean will be helpful. Opportunities for advancement to become a Patent Agent registered in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office are available and encouraged. Bringing in treats on your birthday is a job requirement.


Contact: Contact:
Please send your cover letter, resume, and a sample of your technical writing ability to John Sanford at:
Voice: 616-451-6216
Fax: 616-954-2824

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