Intellectual Property Engineer/Patent Agent - (IP Engineer)

Engineering San Jose, California


In-House Patent Agent 


The in-house patent agent contributes to the creation and management of the
company’s patent portfolio.  

The position unites a command of electrical engineering fundamentals with an 
understanding of the patent process to produce high quality patent applications 
and to make recommendations for strategic business decisions. 

As part of the patent team, the in-house patent agent contributes to the 
company’s patent portfolio. The role includes preparing, drafting and prosecuting 
domestic and foreign patent applications either directly with the USPTO or with 
outside counsel. Specific responsibilities include writing patent specifications
and claims, producing drawings for patent applications, organizing and analyzing 
submissions of new ideas, prosecuting patent applications with the USPTO, and 
providing technical support for patent prosecution when working with outside 

The work involves interaction with engineers to receive and process new ideas
into patent applications and to identify technologies which are candidates for 
patent protection.  

The ideal candidate will be able to have technical discussions at a peer level with 
inventors and to conduct interviews with patent examiners at the USPTO.
Responsibilities may also include working with paralegals and administrative 
support to file patent applications and any necessary paperwork related to 
prosecution directly with the USPTO. 

Additional responsibilities include ongoing analysis of the patent portfolio to 
assess costs and benefits. As part of the patent team, the in-house patent agent
participates at regular meetings with executive management to provide
information and recommendations for strategic business decisions.  

1. BS, MS, or Ph.D. in electrical engineering or related technical field, with 
demonstrated competence in the theory and application of analog electronic 
2. Registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, with minimum 
3 years of experience with patent prosecution.
3. Highly developed technical writing and editing skills that include a superior 
command of the English language.
4. Experience in composition of patent applications is ideal. Other applicable 
experience includes writing and editing articles for technical journals.
5. Proficient in use of software tools such as Visio, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
to prepare documents with drawings, images, and text.
6. Experience with Patent Center and electronic docketing systems, such as 
Foundation IP is a valuable asset. 
7.  Experience in the construction and evaluation of circuits in the laboratory is 


Power Integrations is committed to building teams that drive innovation and therefore review a range of factors when determining compensation.  The annual base pay range for this position is $76,854- $121,153.  Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, qualifications and work location.  
The range displayed on the job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for this position in California. Within the range, individual pay is determined by additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.
Power Integrations also offers to our eligible employees a comprehensive total rewards package that includes equity, medical benefits, ESPP, 401K, tuition reimbursement and time off programs.