Merchant & Gould P.C. seeks an Attorney to support our Electrical Practice Area in Atlanta, Georgia. The specific duties include:
  • Prepare and draft legal documents, legal briefs and opinions, assist with intellectual property infringement and/or invalidity opinions, and assist with litigation and other contested matters;
  • Perform necessary legal research to address client needs;
  • Review and provide advice regarding patent ownership, agreements and other legal documents on behalf of clients;
  • Prepare strategy for client patent portfolios, including directing strategy for and preparing documents including patent application specifications, claims, and amendments/responses to the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) with regard to procedural and substantive matters;
  • Prepare Appeal Briefs for patent applications before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board; conduct oral hearings as needed before the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board;
  • Participate in and making appearances in court proceedings in state and federal court;
  • Communicate clearly and regularly with clients and the USPTO regarding the status of work in progress;
  • Perform client development activities, including marketing, legal publications, and the like; maintain license requirements, including attendance at Continuing Legal Education; and
  • Attend client meetings and advise as necessary.

Job Requirements:
The position requires a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Bachelor's Degree, or a foreign equivalent degree, in Electrical Engineering, active license to practice law in state of Georgia, and registration (or limited recognition status) with the United State Patent and Trademark Office. The position also requires three (3) years of experience working as a patent agent managing patent preparation and prosecution in the electrical arts. This experience must include at least three years of: semiconductor, circuit and layout design experience; telecommunications experience; and working with overseas inventors. Telecommuting from home may be permitted, but must reside within normal commuting distance from our Atlanta office. Minimal travel (5-10%) required to firm events, mainly in the Atlanta area and across the US.