Patent Engineer (Milwaukee, WI)

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Rockwell Automation is a global technology leader focused on helping the world's manufacturers be more productive, sustainable, and agile. With more than 25,000 employees who make the world better every day, we know we have something special. Behind our customers - amazing companies that help feed the world, provide life-saving medicine on a global scale, and focus on clean water and green mobility - our people are energized problem solvers that take pride in how the work we do changes the world for the better.

We welcome all makers, forward thinkers, and problem solvers who are looking for a place to do their best work. And if that's you we would love to have you join us!

Job Description

Rockwell Automation is the largest company in the world dedicated to industrial automation and information. Here, we connect the imaginations of people with the potential of technology to make the world more intelligent, more connected and more productive. From improving the production of medicines that boost human health to reducing waste in an oil and gas plant, the work we do changes how we live.

We truly believe we are doing things never before possible. And we need the brightest minds to help make that happen - the makers, the forward thinkers, the problem solvers. That's where you come in.

The Legal Department has an interesting position on the IP team as a Patent Engineer. This is an excellent career opportunity for an engineer who has a passion for technology, and enjoys detailed, analytical work with technical and legal documents. The successful candidate will obtain early exposure to company innovations and strategic product development plans. The role is to assist IP Counsel in implementation of the company's IP strategy, the continuous development of a world class IP portfolio and assisting in enforcement proceedings by and against the company.

The position could be located in either of our Milwaukee, WI or Mayfield Heights, OH offices and will report directly to the VP & Chief IP Counsel although work assignments will regularly be set by company IP Counsel.

Under the direction of IP Counsel, the Patent Engineer will:
  • Draft responses to USPTO office actions relating to pending patent applications
  • Draft original patent applications for company inventions
  • Assist with CPD tollgate processes to mitigate risk of infringement and identify patentable innovations
  • Conduct and evaluate searches of prior art documents
  • Maintain company patent portfolio maps; develop maps of competitive patents
  • Assist in foreign opposition proceedings
  • Assist in infringement analysis
  • Assist in determination of whether company patents should be maintained or dropped
  • Draft instructions to outside patent counsel relating to prosecution of patent applications


Basic Qualifications
  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Science or related field.
  • USPTO Patent Agent status is required.
  • Legal authorization to work in the US is required. We will not sponsor individuals for employment visas, now or in the future, for this role.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Typically requires 8 years of related experience
  • Minimum of three years of Patent Agent experience in a law firm or technology company.
  • Minimum of three years of experience in design engineering.
  • Advanced degrees are preferred.
  • Uncompromised ethics and capability to work on multiple confidential projects.
  • Superior communication skills, particularly in writing (writing samples required).
  • Self-motivated, proactive, results oriented and capable of meeting deadlines.
  • Strong knowledge of Rockwell Automation products and services, particularly software products.
  • Understanding of software development processes.
  • Proficiency with MS Office tools, particularly manipulation of large data sets and report generation


This position is part of a job family. Experience will be the determining factor for position level and compensation.

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We are an Equal Opportunity Employer including disability and veterans.

If you are an individual with a disability and you need assistance or a reasonable accommodation during the application process, please contact our services team at +1 (844) 404-7247.
More Information on Rockwell Automation
Rockwell Automation operates in the Hardware industry. The company is located in Milwaukee, WI, Cleveland, OH, Chelmsford, MA and Bellevue, WA. Rockwell Automation was founded in 1903. It has 22000 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 118 open jobs at Rockwell Automation, click here.
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