McGuireWoods LLP

Patent Agent

Job Location US-TX-Dallas | US-TX-Houston
Legal Support
Pos. Type
Regular Full-Time


McGuireWoods LLP has an opening for a Patent Agent working out of either our Houston or Dallas office.  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 is a full-service firm providing legal and business solutions to corporate, individual and nonprofit clients worldwide for more than 184 years. Our law firm has earned the loyalty of many longstanding clients with deep understanding of their businesses and broad skills in corporate transactions, high-stakes disputes, and complex regulatory and compliance matters. People come here to do great, challenging work and we provide the resources and training for them to succeed and develop professionally. Working together from offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia, McGuireWoods is dedicated to diverse perspectives, impeccable service, and innovative delivery of practical, business-minded solutions. For more information, visit


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  • 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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