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Patent Attorney

  • Sunnyvale, CA, United States
  • Not Remote
  • Legal
  • JOB5480

Company Description

At Intuitive, we are united behind our mission: we believe that minimally invasive care is life-enhancing care. Through ingenuity and intelligent technology, we expand the potential of physicians to heal without constraints.

As a pioneer and market leader in robotic-assisted surgery, we strive to foster an inclusive and diverse team, committed to making a difference. For more than 25 years, we have worked with hospitals and care teams around the world to help solve some of healthcare's hardest challenges and advance what is possible.

Intuitive has been built by the efforts of great people from diverse backgrounds. We believe great ideas can come from anywhere. We strive to foster an inclusive culture built around diversity of thought and mutual respect. We lead with inclusion and empower our team members to do their best work as their most authentic selves.

Passionate people who want to make a difference drive our culture. Our team members are grounded in integrity, have a strong capacity to learn, the energy to get things done, and bring diverse, real world experiences to help us think in new ways. We actively invest in our team members to support their long-term growth so they can continue to advance our mission and achieve their highest potential.

Join a team committed to taking big leaps forward for a global community of healthcare professionals and their patients. Together, let's advance the world of minimally invasive care.

Job Description


If you exemplify our values and want to be part of Company that is passionate about providing value for the patients and customers we serve, this is the role for you.

Primary Function of Position

The Patent Attorney will be primarily responsible for managing the company's trademark assets but will also perform some amount of patent-related work. The role may require the attorney to both manage and perform direct work on many varied intellectual property and legal matters, including patent, trademark, trade secret, licensing, contract, and litigation matters. The attorney will interact daily with engineers, engineering management, clinical specialists, and marketing/branding personnel. The attorney will also manage both in-house and outside lawyers and supervise their work products to ensure that company legal and intellectual property rights are maximized.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Counsel engineers and managers about how best to protect and exploit new company intellectual property.
    • Evaluate benefit of patent or trade secret protection for various particular inventions.
    • Evaluate benefit of applying for United States and foreign patents in various markets to protect particular inventions.
  • Supervise preparation and prosecution of United States and foreign trademark and patent applications to ensure marks and inventions are properly protected.
    • Ensure trademark and patent applications are filed to meet legal department production goal deadlines by working with product managers, marketing/branding personnel, inventors, and outside lawyers.
    • Edit patent applications and responses to patent office actions authored by outside lawyers, both in the United States and in various foreign jurisdictions.
    • Personally author patent applications and responses to patent office actions.
  • Analyze various patents and patent portfolios owned by others.
    • Personally conduct and/or supervise outside lawyers’ patent searches.
    • Advise engineers and engineering managers on the impact of patent claims on proposed and current development work.
  • Support intellectual property and business litigation matters.
  • Counsel engineers, managers, and business units regarding trademark, patent, and trade secret matters.
    • Provide advice on trademark law and brand protection.
    • Perform clearance analysis on all potential trademarks, and support resolution of trademark disputes, including consent and coexistence agreements.
    • Manage US and foreign trademark prosecution and maintenance.
    • Track and coordinate domain name registrations and maintenance.
    • Work with relevant business functions to ensure appropriate use of trademarks.
    • Actively seek out and identify patentable subject matter.
    • Work with engineers and engineering managers to ensure that inventions are protected using the appropriate intellectual property protection scheme.
  • Draft and negotiate commercial contracts to cover a variety of commercial needs.
    • Joint research and technical collaboration agreements.
    • Intellectual property licensing agreements.
    • Other general commercial and intellectual property matters.
  • Mentor and train less senior legal team members.
  • Participate in and lead cross-functional projects and initiatives involving the Legal Team.
  • Perform in-house IP analytics using patent literature databases, advanced search and analysis software, and other available resources to assess licensing, partnering, or acquisition opportunities.
  • Allocate and deploy Legal resources appropriately to advance the interests of Intuitive in a cost-effectively and timely manner.


Skill/Job Requirements:

  • Juris Doctorate
  • Membership in the CA State Bar, preferred
  • Registration with United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Minimum of 5 years experience total in patent and trademark application preparation and prosecution in the United States, under the Patent Cooperation Treaty and/or Madrid Protocol, and working with non-U.S. counsels in various foreign jurisdictions, preferably with at least two years experience in each of patent and trademark practice

In addition, in order to effectively perform the responsibilities of this position, the following skills are preferred:

  • Eligibility for Membership in the California State Bar
  • Strong academic background in engineering (mechanical or electrical preferred); practical engineering experience is preferred
  • Patent experience in medical device industry, preferably with surgical products
  • Ability to visualize object relationships in three dimensions (i.e., an intuitive understanding of machine operation)
  • Strong interpersonal skills and be willing to work closely with various executives, managers, employees, and employee teams
  • Strong writing, drawing, and oral communication skills—this includes the ability to communicate in down-to-earth, practical terms
  • Strong contract drafting experience, including experience in general commercial matters, joint development agreements, and intellectual property matters
  • Ability to assess, prioritize, and manage multiple tasks within a rapidly changing environment in compliance with resource and bandwidth constraints. Strong decision-making skill to effectively resolve issues that involve competing priorities and high-level objectives


Additional Information

Due to the nature of our business and the role, please note that Intuitive and/or your customer(s) may require that you show current proof of vaccination against certain diseases including COVID-19.  Details can vary by role.

Intuitive is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees, and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type, without regard to race, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, color, age, religion, protected veteran or disability status, genetic information or any other status protected under federal, state, or local applicable laws.

We will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records in accordance with fair chance laws.

Preference will be given to qualified candidates who do not reside, or plan to reside, in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, or Tennessee.

We provide market-competitive compensation packages, inclusive of base pay, incentives, benefits, and equity. It would not be typical for someone to be hired at the top end of range for the role, as actual pay will be determined based on several factors, including experience, skills, and qualifications. The target salary ranges are listed.

Base Salary Range Region 1: $190,200 USD - $273,800 USD
Base Salary Range Region 2: $161,700 USD - $232,700 USD
Shift: Day
Travel: 10% of the time
Workplace Type: Set Schedule - This job will be onsite weekly, the percentage of onsite work will be defined by the leader.

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