Early Career

With our annual minimum billing requirement of 1,500 hours, WAVS IP associates and patent agents have more control over their personal and professional lives. Our practitioners are paid a percentage of their collected billings. Additional bonus compensation can be earned by exceeding certain billing thresholds. Practitioners may choose a billing and compensation level comparable to that of a large firm or may choose to have more time available for pursuing other interests.

At a very early stage in their careers, WAVS IP associates have direct contact with clients, including in-house counsel and inventors.

Every new associate is assigned a mentor who is responsible for initial work assignments and early professional development. Aside from day-to-day training received from partners and senior practitioners, the firm provides training sessions during lunch on Mondays for new associates, as well as more advanced presentations during lunch on Thursdays. In addition, the firm supports attendance at outside seminars pertaining to intellectual property and technology law topics.

Normal partnership track for our associates is six full years of IP prosecution practice, with at least two full years with the firm. However, a longer or shorter partnership track may be appropriate in some cases.

Entry Level Patent Attorney/Agent – Chemistry

We have on-going recruiting for entry level patent agent and patent attorney applicants for patent preparation and prosecution in our chemical group. Technical areas include those relating to semiconductor processing, chemistry and materials sciences, polymer chemistry, and advanced materials.

Qualification Requirements:

Preferred Requirements:

Email wavsrecruiting@wavsip.com with “Entry Level Patent Prosecution Position – Chemistry” in the subject line with the following:


Contact Information

Michael Tse

Hiring Partner



Patricia Tsai

Hiring Partner



General Inquiries

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.