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Sandia National Laboratories Senior Patent Prosecuting Attorney in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.

Salary Range:

$157,900 - $268,600

*Salary range is estimated, and actual salary will be determined after consideration of the selected candidate's experience and qualifications, and application of any approved geographic salary differential.

What Your Job Will Be Like:

Sandia National Laboratories is seeking an Intellectual Property/Patent Prosecution Attorney for its Legal Technology Transfer Center. The attorney will manage a patent docket and prepare and prosecute Sandia patent applications. The patent prosecution will focus on Sandia’s innovative technologies throughout the electromagnetic spectrum including synthetic aperture radar; battery technology; additive manufacturing; cybersecurity; electrical interconnects; research, development, and design of electrical, optical, and mechanical components; and nuclear weapon design and assurance. The attorney will also support technology transfer activities including non-disclosure agreements.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Manage a patent docket and prepare and prosecute Sandia patent applications.

  • Provide legal advice and assistance in all matters involving or relating to intellectual property issues, policies and procedures.

  • Counsel on technology innovation patentability.

  • Counsel on information protection activities including non-disclosure agreements.

  • Routinely advise management and staff and engage at all levels of the company.

  • Interact with corporate counsel, DOE/NNSA counsel, and outside counsel.

  • Advise management on complex projects and intellectual property legal matters in order to anticipate, identify, and protect the corporation against legal liability.

Qualifications We Require:

  • A U.S. law degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice in at least one U.S. state and current registration with the USPTO is required.

  • Excellent academic qualifications with at least ten (10) years of law firm and/or in-house patent prosecution experience.

  • Master or PhD degree in electrical engineering, physics or a relevant science or engineering discipline.

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills.

  • Strong project and client management skills.

  • Proven track record of success in the patent field.

About Our Team:

The Legal Technology Transfer Center provides legal counsel and advice, protects IP, mitigates risk and works to enable corporate IP strategies.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)

  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 685935