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Re: What is IP engineer?
« Reply #5 on: Nov 5th, 2005, 7:20am »
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While the duties are not standardized the job postings I've seen using the title
describe someone who works between inventors and the patent practitioner.
I would not be shocked to see searching duties included, but I have not
encountered that.   I think the idea is to get the patent attorneys the info they
need to draft an application without tying up the engineers and
scientists unduly. An IP engineer should be easier for the inventors
to interact with than the attorney.  A secondary goal is to make
the practitioner more efficient.
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Re: What is IP engineer?
« Reply #6 on: Nov 8th, 2005, 9:22am »
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At some firms, IP engineers, patent engineers, scientific advisors, or whatever title they come up with basically work as patent agents and learn to write applications and respond to OAs.  All their work is supervised by someone that is licensed.  Once you become licensed, then your changes to patent agent.
You would have to talk to the particular firm though to know what their IP engineers do.
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Re: What is IP engineer?
« Reply #7 on: Nov 8th, 2005, 12:26pm »
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I'm a "patent facilitator."  In my company, patent facilitators may have most of the job responsibilities mentioned in the preceding posts.  Other responsibilities may include leading a departmental intellectual asset committee, contributing to domestic and foreign filing and maintenance decisions, opposition decisions, and decisions on patent / publish / trade secret.  Keeping track of competitive patent activity is also important.  The patent facilitator has a key role in developing patent strategy ensuring that I.P. activities are aligned with business objectives.
Some patent facilitators are also patent agents and may write and prosecute patent applications.  Additionally, patent facilitators also may function as technical experts for cases where the inventors are unable to assist patent counsel.
The term “patent liaison” is sometimes used for this type position.
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