Patent Engineer with Experience in Oilfield Chemistry (Paris Office)
Osha Liang (OL), the European office of Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP (OBWB), is currently seeking candidates with a Master’s or PhD in Chemistry, or Chemical Engineering. Individuals who are hired will be placed under the supervision of one or more European patent attorneys for training and development of technically and legally savvy individuals. At least two years of experience in prosecuting chemical related patents are necessary. This is a great position to combine your technical skills with writing, client interaction, and legal concepts. An advanced university degree in a technical field and at least two years in R&D in the oilfield industry (fluid rheological properties, mixed fluid systems, petrochemistry, nanotechnology, foams, cementing, lubricants, emulsifiers, CO2 storage, enhanced oil recovery techniques, organic synthesis, catalysis, and polymers, and some understanding of oilfield drilling processes and mechanical components used in chemical processes) are required. An excellent command of English is essential. A good knowledge of French and/or German will be an additional asset.
Written Communication assessment in English must be completed in order to be considered for this position.
Job Type: Full-time
Education: Master's Degree (Required)
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Work Remotely: Yes
Work Location: Multiple Locations
Number of Hires for This Role: 1
THE BASICS OF OUR TRAINING PROGRAM
Our training program serves as an apprenticeship in European patent law. During the first years of employment, Patent Engineers participate to a combination of in-house lectures and mentorship. During their studies, they also maintain technical expertise through daily application of technical knowledge by prosecuting European patents. Upon completion of the training program, successful participants may sit for and pass the European Qualifying Examination conducted by the European Patent Office. After passing this exam, they become European patent attorneys.
Patent engineers are problem solvers. When writing a patent application, they are required to study the technology and learn about the invention. During patent prosecution, they may need to determine how the invention differs from others in the marketplace. They can expect to spend half the day reading and studying the technical analysis of complex scientific topics within a particular patent application. The remainder of the day may be spent writing and scheduling future projects. Some days may be focused on technology in one field, while other days may require work in more than one technical area. Patent engineers, in collaboration with patent attorneys, continuously work together to solve problems on behalf of clients.
Applicants must be European citizens, or otherwise authorized to work in the European Union. Individuals who have earned a Master’s or PhD in Science, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or oilfield-related Engineering with an extremely strong academic record, have worked in R&D in the oilfield industry and have some experience in patent prosecution are encouraged to apply. Candidates should enjoy drafting narrative and persuasive documents while critically analyzing and solving problems. Time management skills are also critical.
ABOUT OSHA LIANG AND OSHA BERGMAN WATANABE & BURTON LLP
OL is a Patent law firm founded in 2001 and based in Paris. OL serves European and non-European companies of all sizes before the European Patent Office, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the French Patent Office (INPI).
OL is the European office of OBWB, an IP boutique law firm. Founded in 1997, OBWB is headquartered in Houston, Texas and has offices, in addition to Paris, also in Austin, Colorado, Washington, D.C., China, and Japan. Our goal is to assist clients in protecting and enforcing their intellectual property interests worldwide. OBWB takes great pride in its diversity and its cooperative, positive work environment. OBWB's members collectively speak more than 20 languages.