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Counsel 4 - Patents

Company name
Wells Fargo

Washington, DC

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Job Description

At Wells Fargo, we have one goal:

to satisfy our customers’ financial needs and help them achieve their dreams. We’re looking for talented people who will put our customers at the center of everything we do. Join our diverse and inclusive team where you’ll feel valued and inspired to contribute your unique skills and experience.

Help us build a better Wells Fargo. It all begins with outstanding talent. It all begins with you.

The Law Department supports the vision and values of Wells Fargo by providing expert, creative, cost-effective, and timely advice and services to all Wells Fargo businesses and support functions. We operate in accordance with the highest standards of judgment, integrity, and ethical leadership to find creative solutions that best serve our customers, prudently manage risks, and contribute to Wells Fargo’s enterprise success.

Wells Fargo has an opportunity for a senior patent attorney to work on our growing patent and technology team in the legal department. The patent attorney will counsel clients and coordinate business unit patent activities, including advising clients in the development and implementation of intellectual property protection and risk management strategies.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Engaging business partners to identify and examine potential intellectual property opportunities and encouraging the creation and protection of intellectual property;

Developing, coordinating and reviewing patent research and analysis projects, including prior art searches, patentability analyses, portfolio analyses, infringement/non-infringement analyses, validity/invalidity analyses and freedom to operate analyses;

Managing the drafting, filing, prosecuting and maintaining a patent portfolio;

Reviewing and advising on agreements involving technology and intellectual property matters;

Educating company employees on IP and the patent process

Setting and implementing patent policies; and

Directing and managing work with outside counsel related to intellectual property matters.


The preferred location(s) for this job opening are as listed in the job posting. However, other locations may be considered for this opportunity.

Required Qualifications

10+ years of experience as a practicing attorney

Active State Bar membership

Desired Qualifications

Extensive knowledge and understanding of research, counsel, and guidance on complex legal questions or inquiries

Strong attention to detail and accuracy skills

Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

Effective organizational, multi tasking, and prioritizing skills

Ability to analyze legal issues in substantive law in area of practice and provide effective advice to clients on complex legal matters

Ability to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities and deadlines

Ability to manage multiple and competing priorities

Strong research and documentation skills

Other Desired Qualifications

10+ years of experience including patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate, portfolio management, and patent licensing

Bachelor’s degree in a technical field, advanced degree preferred, preferably in engineering or a computer-related discipline

Registered to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)

Ability to be responsible for intellectual property related activities for a line of business, including training the business on patent filing and strategy, idea harvesting, management of patent application preparation and prosecution, product clearance opinions and other third party patent issues, and assisting in patent acquisitions and licensing

Ability to provide intellectual property due diligence and transactional support

Ability to counsel other lawyers on intellectual property issues that affect Wells Fargo

Have personally prepared and prosecuted at least 50 patent applications

Significant experience in intellectual property risk management

At least three years of experience in a corporate legal department

Experience within the financial services industry

Ability to work well in teams

Street Address


301 S College St - Charlotte, NC


90 S 7th St - Minneapolis, MN

CA-SF-South Of Market Area:

45 Fremont Street - San Francisco, CA


1750 H St Nw - Washington, DC


10 S Wacker Drive - Chicago, IL


All offers for employment with Wells Fargo are contingent upon the candidate having successfully completed a criminal background check. Wells Fargo will consider qualified candidates with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable local, state and Federal law, including Section 19 of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act.

Relevant military experience is considered for veterans and transitioning service men and women.

Wells Fargo is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation.

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Company Profile
Wells Fargo & Company provides retail, commercial, and corporate banking services to individuals, businesses, and institutions. The company’s Community Banking segment offers checking and market rate accounts, savings and time deposits, individual retirement accounts, and remittances; and lines of credit, auto floor plan lines, equity lines and loans, equipment and transportation loans, education and residential mortgage loans, and credit and debit cards. This segment also provides equipment leases, real estate and other commercial financing, small business administration financing, venture capital financing, cash management, payroll services, retirement plans, health savings accounts, and merchant payment processing and private label financing solutions, as well as purchases retail installment contracts. Its Wholesale Banking segment offers commercial loans and lines of credit, letters of credit, asset-based lending, equipment leasing, international trade facilities, trade financing, collection, foreign exchange, treasury management, investment management, institutional fixed-income sales, interest rate, commodity and equity risk management, insurance, corporate trust fiduciary and agency, and investment banking services, as well as online/electronic products. This segment also provides construction, and land acquisition and development loans; secured and unsecured lines of credit; interim financing arrangements; rehabilitation loans; affordable housing loans and letters of credit; loans for securitization; commercial real estate loan servicing; and real estate and mortgage brokerage services. The company’s Wealth, Brokerage, and Retirement segment offers financial advisory, wealth management, brokerage, retirement, trust, and reinsurance services. As of March 7, 2014, it operated through 9,000 locations and 12,000 ATMs, and offices in 36 countries, as well as through The Company was founded in 1852 and is headquartered in San Francisco, California.

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