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Patent Prosecution Attorney or Agent (Mechanical)

Edell, Shapiro & Finnan (“ESF”), an Intellectual Property Boutique, located in Gaithersburg, MD is seeking a full-time, immediate, Patent Attorney or Patent Engineer, to join the patent prosecution team.

About Us!

We are a fast-growing, thriving, mid-sized IP firm that originated in the mid 80s. We are proud to boast a family-friendly culture, a casual dress code, and a very convenient commute to those living in the suburbs of Montgomery County. We prefer local candidates, as face time is part of the job, but technologically offer the ability to work from home when desired. Our ideal candidate has a few years of experience at a high volume firm, that is looking for a quality of life adjustment.

We serve a diverse client base, which includes small start-up companies, academic institutions, and Fortune 500 companies having some of the world’s largest IP portfolios.  This client base values our knowledge, experience, and commitment to their objectives. While we can certainly port in your book of business, this position is primarily to support the firm’s existing client workload capacity. Training will be provided to understand client expectations.


  • Draft patent applications for U.S.-based and some non-U.S.-based companies. Meet in-person or virtually with inventors, discuss the technology, and draft patent applications. Understand a wide range of technologies, or be able to quickly get up to speed on technologies.
  • Prosecute patent applications before the USPTO, including conducting examiner interviews, filing responses, appeals, etc.
  • Conduct patentability, infringement/clearance and validity studies, and related client counseling and opinion rendering.
  • Instruct non-U.S.-based law firms in the prosecution of patent applications in various countries outside the U.S.
  • Participate in IPR proceedings at USPTO.
  • Communicate with outside counsel in connection with all activities mentioned above.
  • Work in a wide range of technologies including consumer products, welding and cutting devices and systems, industrial equipment, and medical devices.


A successful applicant must possess:

  • At least 2 years of substantial patent application drafting experience, particularly in the technology areas listed above;
  • Registration as a U.S. patent attorney and knowledge of U.S. patent practice and procedures;
  • Undergraduate degree or focus areas in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, industrial engineering, biomedical engineering, metallurgy, or material science;
  • J.D. degree from an accredited law school and a license to practice in at least one U.S. state (unless applying as Engineer/Agent);
  • Excellent academic credentials; and
  • Strong writing, communication, organizational and analytical skills.



  • Fully paid employee health insurance
  • 401k matching
  • Health Club Reimbursement
  • Firm sponsored LTD/Life
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Monthly wellness activities
  • Complimentary Parking
  • On site café and walking access to Rio Restaurant District


To apply, please submit your resume, writing sample, and transcripts to Rebecca Reyes, Executive Director at