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Patent Agent

Vinson & Elkins LLP

Houston, Texas 77002
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Patent Agent


The Patent Agent’s primary responsibilities include preparing and prosecuting patent applications before United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The person in this position must be registered to practice before the USPTO. The person must have excellent attention to detail, strong interpersonal communication skills, be highly motivated, business-minded, a team player, able to learn new technologies quickly, have experience with patent prosecution, and have a strong ability to write well. Must be able to effectively manage multiple matters simultaneously with various deadlines and possess the technical and analytical skills necessary to conduct complex and detailed analysis of patent-related matters.



  • Prepare patent applications. Respond to office actions. Handle U.S. and foreign patent prosecution.

  • Communicate face-to-face, by e-mail and by telephone with staff, clients, vendors, foreign counsel, and PTO and agency personnel.

  • Handle filings with PTO.

  • Communicate with, and act as liaison between, inventors and other attorneys and PTO in connection with all aspects of patent application process.

  • Coordinate workflow with outside service providers.

  • Discuss inventions with clients and inventors and provide attorneys with a report on those discussions, and prepare documents based on discussions.

  • Draft, organize, analyze, review and summarize patents, patent applications, NPL, and perform searches regarding the same.

  • Evaluate and report on the technological aspects of inventions and other scientific matters.

  • Identify and analyze complex patent issues and problems and implement solutions.

  • Interact professionally with diverse clients, lawyers, and employees at all levels and provide information with courtesy and tact while safeguarding confidentiality.

  • Operate under time constraints in an efficient and cost effective manner.

  • Provide direction and guidance to IP Docket Administrator, IP Docket Coordinator and other legal support personnel on specific issues, as appropriate.

  • Review and analyze client and other files.

  • Stay abreast of technology trends and make recommendations regarding technology needs.

  • Undertake continuing education and remain abreast of current patent prosecution issues and trends as required to maintain appropriate accreditation in the field.

  • Perform other miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by supervising attorneys.

  • Analyze, interpret, and draw inferences from research findings, and prepare reports related to findings.

  • Develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.

  • Effectively communicate complex factual and technical information.

  • Facilitate individual and group meetings.

  • Learn and capably use various software packages.

  • Operate standard office equipment.

  • Organize and prioritize numerous tasks and complete them under time constraints. Additional hours will be required when necessary to meet established deadlines or stay current with occasional peaks of workload.

  • Provide operational guidance and leadership to technical staff in area of specialty.

  • Travel to private and public buildings via private or public conveyance to assist in attending to client needs on legal matters.

  • Understand and comply with confidentiality issues and ethical responsibilities.

  • Use independent judgment to manage and impart confidential information.


  • Bachelor’s degree and preferably an advanced degree in Biochemistry or related Life Sciences field.

  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

  • At least five years of experience preparing and prosecuting patents in both Life Sciences and Electro-mechanical arts.

  • Proficiency in PC applications and knowledge of MS Office. Previous experience with Excel and Access databases.

  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

  • Answer requests in a timely manner.

  • Gather analyses and deliver information quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.

  • Capable of working with a diverse client base and ability to manage multiple projects at one time and to prioritize and organize effectively.

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Ability to maintain confidential information.


Occasional travel to other firm offices required.


Position Number 577 in Litigation.

We do not accept resumes for positions not currently listed.  If you are qualified for one of our listed positions, please email, fax or mail your resume and salary requirements to the Human Resources Department.  Our Houston email address is, our fax number is 713.615.5120 and our mailing address is Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., ATTN: Human Resources, 1001 Fannin Ste. 2500, Houston, Texas 77002-6760.  EOE.

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