McGuireWoods LLP

  • Patent Agent (Chemical Engineering)

    Job Location US-TX-Houston
    Category Legal Support
  • Overview

    McGuireWoods LLP has an immediate need for a Patent Agent in either Houston or Dallas.  The Patent Agent will prepare original patent applications, prepare responses to office actions received from the USPTO, and handle routine correspondence with the USPTO. The ideal candidate will be registered with the USPTO, have a degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry, and experience preparing patent applications.


    McGuireWoods LLP is a global law firm with a legacy reaching back more than 175 years.  We are strong in the traditional legal practices such as litigation and corporate law, but we are also leaders in rapidly expanding fields such as data privacy and security, the life sciences, private equity, and healthcare, among many others.  We offer the opportunity to grow through an extensive range of legal practice areas and industries, and to work in locations around the world.  Perhaps the most attractive aspect of joining our firm is the opportunity to work with our lawyers and leaders, all of whom reflect the value McGuireWoods places on experience, talent and diversity.  For more information, please visit


    • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 
    • Writes new patent applications for filing at USPTO. 
    • Analyzes and revises patent agreements and assists with appeals, inferences, reexaminations, interviews and reissues. 
    • Negotiates and drafts patent agreements; prepares documents for filing and processing. 
    • Drafts responses to USPTO office actions. 
    • Performs patentability and freedom-to-operate searches, publication clearance reviews and assists in maintaining an active prosecution docket.


    • Requires Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry and a minimum of two years of experience drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications in the USPTO for an intellectual property law firm. 
    • Must be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO).
    • Must have excellent communication and organizational skills.
    • Ability to respond effectively to clients, employees and management and handle sensitive and/or confidential communications.
    • Ability to work under time restraints and deadlines.

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