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Patent Attorney/Agent

Department: Legal

Location: Boston, Santa Barbara

Req#: 4464

Every day, SONOS turns ideas into beautiful product innovation.  We have disclosed well over 1000 product ideas at Patent Offices around the world. Our patent portfolio was recently recognized by the IEEE as the second most powerful in consumer electronics. It includes over 600 patents covering fundamental aspects of the SONOS experience and it is growing at a pace of over 4 patents per week. 
 
We are looking for a Patent Attorney/Agent to join our cross-disciplinary IP and Innovation team in promoting innovation at SONOS and developing our highly strategic patent portfolio. A successful candidate will have experience in securing high-impact patents, a demonstrated ability to work effectively in a highly-collaborative team setting, and a passion for technology and music.  
About You

You're not like everyone else.

You bring a unique perspective to the table. Transparency tops your list of values. Your smarts and creativity are off the charts, matched only by your humility. You want to collaborate with a team of diverse talent. You proactively contribute to a culture of respect and inclusion.

You enjoy a challenge.

Inquisitive and focused, you see every challenge as an opportunity. You're ambitious and unafraid to make mistakes because you learn from them and bounce back quickly. You don't stop until you get it right. "Impossible" isn't in your vocabulary. You're more interested in creating the future than waiting for it.

You love to listen.

You start every interaction from a place of listening and seeking to understand. You're culturally connected. You remember your first concert. You can readily recommend a binge-worthy show on Netflix, Hulu or HBO. You can't sit in traffic without a great audiobook, podcast or album. You can make a killer playlist. Your idea of a good weekend includes watching a movie or playing a video game.

What You’ll Do
  • provide broad-based support in the development, maintenance, enforcement and defense of SONOS’s patent portfolio
  • prepare and review invention disclosures and advise on patentability issues
  • prepare and prosecute own docket of U.S. and worldwide patent applications directed to important SONOS product innovations
  • actively manage outside counsel in preparation and prosecution of patent applications
  • work closely with SONOS’s IP team members to develop and execute on patent portfolio strategy
  • drive diligence regarding industry-wide product functionality
  • interface with innovators across all SONOS groups regarding technical features, product details, and the patent process
  • perform other duties, as they arise.
Skills You’ll Need
Required Skills and Experience:
  • bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or equivalent
  • strong academic credentials.
  • admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • minimum 3+ years patent prosecution experience within a law firm
  • strong knowledge of USPTO and PCT regulations and systems
  • demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage a large prosecution docket
  • strong analytical, research, writing, organizational, and management skills, detail-oriented and results-oriented
  • exceptional interpersonal communication (both written and oral) skills

Preferred Skill and experience:
  • J.D. degree from an accredited university
  • admission to the state bar
  • 5 years patent prosecution experience
  • experience managing patent portfolio in-house
  • experience practicing in-person at the USPTO as a patent Examiner and/or prosecuting attorney/agent
  • advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, or equivalent



How to Audition

Apply now and if there is a strong match, you'll be invited for a first phone interview with one of our recruiters.
More About Sonos

In 2002, Sonos set out to reinvent the way people listen at home. The wireless home sound system we created makes it easier than ever to fill any and every room with music, podcasts, TV, and just about anything else you could ever want to hear-all with brilliant, immersive clarity. Since then millions of people in over 60 countries have made Sonos part of their lives.

Today we remain focused on innovation, thoughtfully designing products, inventing new technologies, expanding our software platform, crafting the best sound experience and making a positive social impact in the world.

We're empowering people to listen better because listening builds understanding and drives change. It even increases happiness and brings people together. Simply put, listening leads to a better life. (We've got the data to prove it.)

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