Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson Intellectual Property Law

Patent Agent/Attorney – Mechanical Engineering

Patent Agent/Attorney – Mechanical Engineering

Weaver Austin Villeneuve & Sampson LLP (WAVS IP) is seeking lateral candidates for patent preparation and prosecution in our mechanical group.

You will join an incredible team of attorneys, agents, paralegals, and staff that represents a wide range of clients, including start-ups, large companies, and universities. Technical areas include those relating to wearable fitness devices, electrical connectors, smart window systems, satellite deployment mechanisms, rocket systems, semiconductor processing equipment, wafer handling robots, portable and laboratory assay devices, medical devices, casino gaming machines, fashion accessories (design), display technologies, MEMS devices, and electrolyzers.

Qualification Requirements: 

  • Eligible to be admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 
  • B.S., M.S., or Ph.D. in mechanical engineering or relevant field; or pertinent industry experience 
  • 3 to 5 years of patent attorney or agent experience 
  • Strong writing and communication skills 
  • Interest in patent prosecution 
  • Ability to work with colleagues in various time zones in the U.S. 

Preferred Requirements: 

  • Admission to practice before the USPTO 
  • M.S. in mechanical engineering or relevant field 
  • Prior patent prosecution experience in a law firm setting 

Application Submission Requirements: 

Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Mechanical Patent Prosecution Position” in the subject line with the following: 

  • Cover letter (In your cover letter, please provide a brief explanation of your interest in patent practice. In addition, please provide a brief introduction of technical knowledge gained during your technical degree or industry experience)
  • Resume 
  • Transcripts (college, graduate school, and law school if applicable) 
  • Writing samples 

WAVS IP is a growing, San Francisco Bay Area-based patent law firm with over 25 registered patent practitioners and a diverse client base.  WAVS IP offers robust training for entry-level candidates with opportunities for advancement within the firm and also has reputable informal and formal mentorship. We have a friendly work environment and highly trained support staff. Our Bay Area offices are in downtown Oakland and Menlo Park. Remote, in-office, and hybrid working arrangements are supported. We offer a percentage-based compensation plan that generously rewards hard-working practitioners while providing flexibility to maintain a reasonable work/life balance and a competitive benefits plan. WAVS IP does not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, national origin or any other legally protected characteristic.