Patent Counsel, Physical Sciences

POSTED: September 6, 2019
BUSINESS: Purdue Research Foundation
POSITION TYPE: Full-time/Exempt
START DATE: Immediate Availability

Essential Functions:

  • Perform prompt and competent completion of analyses of intellectual property protection and strategies to enable timely technology transfer of Purdue intellectual property in the electrical and computer arts.
  • Work cooperatively with Purdue inventors and Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) licensing staff to evaluate technology-based innovations for appropriate intellectual property protection.
  • Draft patent applications and present applications to US Patent and Trademark Office and copyright registrations to US Copyright Office for the benefit of Purdue.
  • Prosecute patent applications with respect to all aspects of patent law, including preparing formal communications and responses to national patent offices, conducting examiner interviews and related prosecution activities for the benefit of Purdue.
  • Engage and manage outside counsel on patent prosecution matters including coordinate, manage and account for budget expenditures associated with all assigned project-related activities.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Work cooperatively with Office of Technology Commercialization business development managers in the evaluation of intellectual property landscapes.
  • Assist in due diligence of legal matters relating to any matter.
  • Represent Purdue and OTC with national organizations, associations and groups related to university commercialization.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Registered with US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Member of Indiana or a reciprocating state Bar in good standing.
  • Strong working knowledge of intellectual property transactions, including licensing, required.
  • Knowledge of technology transfer within industry and/or academia required.
  • Strong diplomatic skills required.
  • Legal contract comprehension and hands-on patent prosecution experience preferred.
  • Commitment to higher education and the values of scientific research and discovery for societal benefit.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, computer, written/verbal communication skills required.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment.
  • Candidate must be comfortable interacting with people from varied disciplines and with managing multiple complex projects.
  • Occasional travel required.
  • Must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, detail-oriented, able to manage/coordinate multiple tasks, and able to work collaboratively and successfully with different sectors, including co-workers, academic scholars, entrepreneurs and industry executives.
  • Regular and reliable attendance are requirements of this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field.
  • JD required.
  • 2-4 years of direct patent drafting and prosecution experience before US Patent and Trademark Office in the electrical and computer arts.

 Application Instructions: 

If you are interested in applying for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to the Director of Human Resources at

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 

Purdue Research Foundation does not accept resumes from third-party recruiters.

Purdue Research Foundation is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.

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