Christensen O'Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC Seattle, Washington, United States Full-time 2022-07-26

Christensen O’Connor Johnson Kindness PLLC (COJK) is a Seattle-based intellectual property law firm practicing all areas of IP law. The firm, established in 1929, enjoys a culture produced by a management ethos that emphasizes teamwork, effective communication, and a healthy balance between work and family life. The company takes great pride in its ability to provide excellent service to our clients and further the opportunities of our attorneys and staff for professional and personal growth.

COJK is seeking an associate-level patent attorney or agent to join our firm’s Patent Practice Group for its office located in Seattle WA. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, patent preparation and prosecution, foreign portfolio management, patent licensing, and conducting due diligence on new products and technology acquisitions towards rendering opinions to clients. The position requires working closely with clients, inventors, and firm attorneys.

Requirements for an associate-level patent attorney include B.S. in electrical engineering, computer science, or physics with at least two years of relevant industry experience, a J.D. from an accredited law school, 3 to 5 years of patent law experience, a license to practice law in at least one state, preferably Washington, and admittance to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Requirements for a patent agent include a B.S. in electrical engineering, computer science, or physics, relevant work experience, at least 2 to 3 years of patent law experience, and admittance to practice before the USPTO.

Qualified candidates will demonstrate superior analytical, communication, and interpersonal skills, as well as an ability to develop and expand internal and external relationships. The candidate must excel in a team environment, as well as be a motivated self-starter who works well under pressure, with the flexibility to thrive in a fast-paced environment. This is currently a remote position.


  • Conducting prior art searches
  • Determining ownership rights to various parts of an invention
  • Drafting patent applications and working with the USPTO to resolve patent examiner questions in the required technical fields
  • Patent licensing
  • Assisting clients with patent infringement issues
  • Providing support to the litigation department
  • Advising clients on the use and protection of patents
  • Assisting clients with identifying the nature of their intellectual property
  • Monitoring existing and proposed patents
  • Attending meetings and conducting conference calls with clients and contacts in the United States and overseas
  • Managing general inquiries on patent protection
  • Filing domestic and international patent applications
  • Handling patent renewals

Education and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or physics
  • Licensed patent agent, or
  • Attorney with J.D. degree from an accredited law school
    • Licensed to practice in at least one state, preferably Washington
    • Admitted to practice before the USPTO