Patent Engineer

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Patent Engineer
Palo Alto
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
Ford seeks to hire a full-time Patent Engineer to assist in protecting the company’s products and services with a specific focus on utility patent disclosures in the technological areas of mechanical, electrical, software, and materials, as well as design patents. The individual will work closely with a diverse and talented group of researchers, engineers, and inventors as well as a dynamic legal group—both internal and external—to build and purposefully prosecute the patent portfolio and strategy. This includes identifying patentable inventions; securing high quality disclosures; providing technical and legal analysis; drafting invention disclosures; managing IP challenges; driving and monitoring local IP performance; conducting patent training; and leading ideation sessions.

This position is located at the Ford Research and Innovation Center, is a technology research facility in Palo Alto, California
. The center focuses on cutting-edge technologies and development of Autonomous Vehicles, IoT/Connectivity, Software, and Mobility innovations.

  • Increase YOY invention disclosures and high quality patentable applications
  • Lead IP sessions to harvest potential patentable ideas
  • Support inventors in the drafting and preparation of disclosures
  • Assist in the drafting and preparation of patent applications, including claims and specification, and the editing of drawings
  • Work closely with company employees to discuss potentially patentable ideas, conduct prior art searches, provide technical analysis
  • Create and publish IP performance metrics (e.g. disclosure evaluations, patent filings, top inventors, submission trends)
  • Train company employees in the patent process
  • Participate in regular meetings with outside law firm to discuss strategy and technical issues
  • Assist with other legal and research projects as needed
  • Analyze patents and technical publications by other organizations

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related technical degree
  • 2+ years of experience in invention harvesting, patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio development and patent searching

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters in Mechanical Engineer, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or related (e.g. Physics)
  • Relevant technical industry experience
  • Patent holder or Inventor
  • Registration as a patent agent with the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Litigation and/or licensing experience
  • Interest in taking the patent bar exam and specializing in patent law

The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.

Visa sponsorship may be available for this position.

Ford Motor Company is an equal opportunity employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status or protected veteran status.