30+ days ago - req9853

Patent Attorney


Research & Development

Electrical Engineering

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San Jose - CA, US


Legal, Research & Development, Electrical Engineering


3-7 years



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ASML US brings together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers - the world’s leading chipmakers - to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Wilton, CT, Chandler, AZ, San Jose, CA and San Diego, CA.

Job Mission

As a Patent Attorney at ASML, you will help the company build a world class patent portfolio protecting ASML’s innovations.A successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects ofASML’s patent portfolio. This role requires the attorney to interact directly with the engineers and outside counsel to shape and implement ASML’s patent strategy on a world-wide basis.

Job Description

Responsible for performing a wide range of patent law functions arising within the Company. This position will be based in San Jose and will report to the local senior patent counsel. Responsibilities will include overseeing the preparation and prosecution of patent applications with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and internationally. Additionally this position will provide intellectual property law guidance, including freedom to operate advice, to Company scientists, engineers, and management. The position requires a team player who is able to work with minimal supervision in a fast-paced environment.

  • Reporting: This position will report to Senior Patent Attorney in the Applications Corporate IP (CIP) Group.
  • Team information: The Applications Group provides IP services to scientists, engineers and management involved with the Company’s products covering computational lithography, metrology, and inspection.


  • Licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Juris Doctorate (J.D.), from an accredited law school with excellent academic performance.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the engineering or physical sciences disciplines such as electrical, mechanical, systems and controls science, physics, materials, or optics. Advanced degree in physics with experience in optics a plus.


  • 3+ years of relevant patent experience.

  • Must be licensed to practice before the United States Patent Office.

  • Must be licensed to practice law in at least one U.S. state or the District of Columbia. California preferred.

  • Experience with physics, optics, electron optics, and/or semiconductor processing strongly preferred.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Ability to translate and statistically analyze data, and effectively report problems through written and/or graphic formats.

  • Ability to use MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and electronic e-mail systems, as well as on-line research tools.

  • Excellent judgment and critical thinking skills.

  • Ability to work well with others and to quickly assimilate complex technical and physical principles.

  • Ability to render compelling written descriptions and arguments along with graphic explanatory devices.

  • Excellent client/customer service ethics and skills, with an advanced understanding of client relationship-building.

  • Ability to draft and file patent applications in a cost efficient manner.

  • Proficient ability to plan and direct administrative staff and others in activities supporting the Company’s legal work and objectives.

  • Broad technical knowledge, familiarity with all relevant technologies.

Personal skills

  • Fully functioning in the job with only general direction needed

  • Strong professional drive

  • Strong competency with the tools, systems, and procedures required to accomplish the job

  • Provide regular updates to manager

  • Ability to work collaboratively with a diverse group of colleagues and internal clients in multiple countries

  • Work on moderately complex projects/problems/tasks and demonstrate good judgment in selecting methods and techniques for obtaining solutions

  • A seasoned professional with a full understanding of area of specialization who can resolve a wide range of issues in creative ways

  • May provide guidance to junior staff members with aspects of their job

Context of the position

This position primarily works in an office environment. It requires frequent sitting, standing and walking. Daily use of a computer is required. May stand for extended periods when facilitating meetings. The physical demands of the position described herein are essential functions of the job and employees must be able to successfully perform these tasks for extended periods. Reasonable accommodations may be made for those individuals with real or perceived disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job described.

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