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Patent Agent

Req ID:  713



Are you looking for a company that cares about people’s lives and health, including yours? At Olympus, we help make people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling, every day. 
Let’s inspire healthier lives, together.

Job Description

The Patent Agent is responsible for all aspects of U.S. and foreign prosecution for U.S. based Olympus entities in the medical field including drafting applications and responding to Office Actions from the United States Patent and Trademark Office in coordination with outside patent counsel. The Patent Agent will be the primary interface with engineers and technical staff regarding new patent filings. He/she Will conduct competitive landscape searches and review prior art with R&D staff at regular meetings. The incumbent will maintain responsibiltiy for the prosecution process from invention disclosure to the issued patent. The Patent Agent will manage IP docketing and database in coordination with support staff.  He/she will conduct patent clearance studies and patentability searches. The incumbent will assist with training programs for engineers on topics such as patent searching. The Patent Agent will coordinate with a global team on prosecution issues that impact worldwide business objectives. He/she will assist in developing and executing portfolio management strategy.He/ she maintains responsibility for other litigation, licensing, acquisition, or partnership, due diligence as necessary.

Job Duties

As a Patent Agent working on the Intellectual Property team, you will be empowered to do your best work. You will contribute to our mission by helping drive innovation in the company and protecting the valuable intellectual property rights of the company. In a typical day you will:

* Manage all aspects of US prosecution including drafting applications and responses to Office Actions.

* Manage intake of patent clearance study requests and conduct search for freedom to operate.

* Manage intake of invention disclosures and review disclosures for patentability.

* Coordinate prosecution matters with outside counsel.

* Instruct foreign patent associates on foreign filings and office actions.

* Conduct infringement and invalidity studies in support of litigation.

* Manage docket and database management.

* Train engineers on patent issues.

* Performs other related duties as directed.

Job Requirements



* Bachelor's Degree is required; Master's Degree in an Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or medical device design field is highly preferred.


* Minimum of 3 years of experience in patent prosecution; OR 5 years combined engineering and patent experience.

* Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.




* Experience in patent prosecution for mechanical and electrical devices is preferred.


* Knowledge of energy devices, otology devices, software or optical technology. Engineering industry experience.


* Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written).


* Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel or Access, PowerPoint).


* Ability to work in small team environment, but also self starter with ability to work independently.


* Ability to meet deadlines and be detailed orientated.


* Good planning and organization skills.


* Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills.


* High energy, self motivated, hands on and participatory with strong results orientation and ability to quickly establish priorities.


* Sense of ownership and a desire to support the organization to achieve high level corporate goals.


* Strong relationship skills.


* High level of motivation, commitment and dedication combined with a proactive mindset.

We realize work isn’t just a job to you.

It’s a big part of your life, but not the only part. That’s why we offer competitive salaries, a robust 401(k) program, annual bonus program and comprehensive medical benefits, as well as tuition reimbursement, flexible schedules, parental and adoption leave, on-site services and Colleague Affinity Networks — so you can be ready for where life can take you.

Olympus is passionate about the solutions it creates for the medical, life sciences, and industrial equipment industries, as well as cameras and audio products. For more than 100 years, Olympus has focused on making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling by helping detect, prevent, and treat disease, furthering scientific research, ensuring public safety, and capturing images of the world.

Olympus Corporation of the Americas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Olympus Corporation, is headquartered in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, USA, and employs more than 5,500 employees throughout locations in North and South America. For more information, visit

Olympus…True to You. True to Society. True to LIFE.

It is the policy of Olympus to extend equal employment and advancement opportunity to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, national origin (including language use restrictions), citizenship status, religious creed (including dress and grooming practices), age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth and/or breastfeeding), gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, marital status, disability (physical or mental) and/or a medical condition, genetic information, ancestry, veteran status or service in the uniformed services, and any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local law.

Posting Notes: || United States (US) || Massachusetts (US-MA) || Southborough || 

Nearest Major Market: Worcester

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