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Patent Search Analyst - Mechanical

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Cardinal Intellectual Property, Inc

Evanston, IL

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Job Description:

Patent Search Analysts specialize in conducting patent searches for clients. They utilize their technical background and experiences to understand each invention or patent disclosure; and apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to conduct a focused and comprehensive search for prior art references for the search report.

Search analysts work with constantly new inventions and cutting-edge technologies, with each project providing unique and broad challenges. Search analysts work on various types of projects, including, patentability, invalidity, state of the art, and freedom to operate searches.


Position Responsibilities/Duties: 

Search analysts are responsible for conducting patent search projects to the expected qualities and on a timely manner. For each search project, search analysts are responsible for understanding invention disclosures in their technical area; constructing and conducting search strategies; and completing a search report. Search analysts are also responsible for meeting deadlines and managing the assignments on their dockets.

Search analysts are also responsible for effective communication with other staff and team members, and are expected to work and be available during expected work hours.


Required Skills and Abilities:

Performance requirements:

Patent search or research experience – i.e., familiarities with search engines.

Technical understanding of the invention disclosure, and identification of search focus.

Problem solving skills in constructing and conducting patent searches using various search engines.

Critical thinking skills to analyze found results and completing a search report.

Other skills:

Self motivated to work effectively and efficiently.

Attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.


Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering

Other preferred qualifications:

Patent law, legal experience.

Company info

Cardinal Intellectual Property, Inc
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Company Profile
Cardinal is the leading intellectual property services company in the United States. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and educational institutions. As the premier provider of patent research, Cardinal has been contracted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to conduct their PCT searches and prepare the preliminary opinions across all subject categories. We have an experienced team of over 150 research professionals, the majority of whom are JDs or PhDs, and all of whom are U.S.-based. Cardinal also provides technology solutions for intellectual property management including Invention Disclosure Processing, Docketing, E-Discovery, and Competitive Monitoring. Our technology platforms incorporate rigorous security and data protection standards. As an additional level of protection, we maintain confidentiality for our clients using the same diligence and procedures as a law firm. We do not outsource our software or research services, enabling the company to maintain the highest standards of quality, confidentiality and accountability.

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