Patent Counsel

Washington, District of Columbia, United States · Legal Department


Unified Patents is again growing its legal department, and seeks experienced, registered, patent attorneys. Applicants must have at least 3 years of law firm or other relevant experience at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and post-grant petition (IPR, PGR, and CBM), reexamination, and other administrative drafting and litigation experience;

Applicants should have a degree in Electrical Engineering (EE) or Computer Science (SC), as well as experience with video codecs, coding, cryptography, compression, signals, wireless communications, or other algorithmic subject matter. Patent examination experience is a plus; clerking experience is a plus; familiarity with ongoing cases post-SAS Institutes is a plus. Must be willing to work within a team, work well independently, and enjoy writing and editing. Journal and filing experience a plus. Strong preference for candidates located in the Washington, DC area.


Managing patent office proceedings internally

Drafting, filing, and litigating patent office proceedings, e.g., inter partes reviews
Handling calls with decision makers

Preparing for, conducting depositions

Presenting at oral hearings

Drafting motions and briefs
Supporting senior attorneys with management of ongoing matters
Support docketing, e-filing, deposit account, budgeting, and other IP functions
Editing work product of colleagues, outside counsel

Amicus curiae drafting and support; comment drafting and support

Contract, licensing, and other legal support services
Legal writing, support, and other various legal duties


3 years of PTAB (drafting petitions, filing, litigating, deposition) experience.
State and Patent Bar passage
Ability to work independently and in a team.
Excellent English written and oral communication skills.


Patent Office examination experience
Algorithmic, codec, and other code-based subject matter experience
Appellate and /or Clerking experience
EE or CS undergraduate degree
Graduate Technical (MS, MA, or PhD) degree
Willing to work from DC strongly preferred.


Aggressive, competitive benefits, with generous vacation and paid-for health insurance; freedom to work from home when appropriate; maternity and paternity leave; and financial support for bar and further education.

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