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Job ID : 1455377 Date Updated : July 17th, 2024
Dynamic intellectual property law firm

US Patent Attorney/Patent Agent - Telecommunications Sector

Hiring Company Sonoda & Kobayashi Intellectual Property Law
Location Tokyo - 23 Wards, Shinjuku-ku
Job Type Contract
Salary 5 million yen ~ Negotiable, based on experience

Work Style

Remote Work and WFH Casual Clothing Side Business Ok Flex Time

Job Description

Are you a skilled and experienced Patent Attorney or Patent Agent with a passion for innovation and technology? Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to contribute to the field of telecommunications and protect cutting-edge inventions? If so, we have the perfect position for you!

About Us:

We are a leading Japanese intellectual property (IP) law firm with offices in Tokyo and Beijing focused on providing top-notch legal services to international clients from various industries.  Our team is comprised of talented attorneys and engineers dedicated to safeguarding our clients' valuable inventions through robust patent protection strategies.

Role and Responsibilities:

As a Patent Attorney/Patent Agent specializing in the telecommunications sector, you will play a crucial role in handling patent applications for our esteemed clientele. Your responsibilities will include:

Patent Application Management: Filing and prosecuting patent applications before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the field of telecommunications.

Office Action Responses: Strategically crafting responses to Office Actions issued by the USDPTO as well as other patent offices (mainly EPO and IPO) to overcome rejections and obtain favorable outcomes for our clients' patent applications.

Examiner Interviews: Conducting examiner interviews (USPTO) to provide clarifications and address any concerns related to pending patent applications.

Patent Portfolio Development: Collaborating with inventors and clients to identify and protect valuable intellectual property within the telecommunications industry.

IP Strategy Development: Assisting in the formulation and implementation of effective IP strategies to ensure maximum protection for our clients' innovations.

Studying: Stay updated with the latest developments in patent laws, regulations, and procedures to ensure compliance and provide accurate advice to the team.

Docketing Supervision: Assist in managing patent dockets, tracking deadlines, and maintaining accurate records of patent applications and related documents.

General Requirements

Minimum Experience Level Over 3 years
Career Level Mid Career
Minimum English Level Native (Amount Used: English Only)
Minimum Japanese Level None
Minimum Education Level Bachelor's Degree
Visa Status No permission to work in Japan required

Required Skills

To be successful in this role, you should possess the following qualifications:

Educational Background: A minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, communication engineering, or Computer Science from an accredited institution. Advanced degrees and relevant certifications are a plus.

Professional Experience: At least two years of practical experience in the field of intellectual property, specifically working with patent applications related to telecommunications.

USPTO Registration: Must be a licensed US Patent Attorney or a registered Patent Agent, in good standing with the USPTO.

Technical Proficiency: Strong technical knowledge in the fields of telecommunications, networking, wireless technologies, and related areas.

Legal Expertise: Thorough understanding of patent laws and regulations, with the ability to apply legal principles to protect and enforce patents effectively.

Communication Skills: Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with the ability to convey complex technical or legal concepts clearly and persuasively.

Analytical and Problem-Solving Skills: Strong analytical thinking and problem-solving abilities to address complex legal and technical issues.

Language Skills: Japanese or Chinese language skills are considered a plus.

Citizenship: USA. (To file U.S. applications and other procedures while residing out of the United States.)

Note: The position is open to both US Patent Attorneys and registered Patent Agents. However, USPTO registration is a prerequisite for consideration.


Tokyo, Japan with the possibility of working from home.


What's in it for you:

We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with experience, along with a range of benefits, including flextime working hours without fixed core time, possibility to work from home, access to maternity/paternity leave etc.

At Sonoda & Kobayashi, we recognize the value of our employees and engage them as true partners in running our business. We need your expertise and value your opinions. Come be a part of our team!

Visa requirements:

We can provide support for a Japanese working visa application.   

Job Location

  • Tokyo - 23 Wards, Shinjuku-ku
  • Yamanote Line, Shinjuku Station

Work Conditions

Job Type Contract
Salary 5 million yen ~ Negotiable, based on experience
Work Hours フレックスタイム制(コアタイムなし)
Holidays 土日祝日
Industry Other (Consulting and Professional Services)

Job Category

  • Legal, General Affairs and Public Relations > Patent, Intellectual Property
  • Consulting and Certified Professions > Other (Consulting and Certified Professions)

Company Details

Company Type Small/Medium Company (300 employees or less)
Non-Japanese Ratio Majority Japanese