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JR-0000048949 Requisition #

Western Digital     


The next big thing in data is you!


  • Works closely with engineering teams and in-house patent attorneys to understand company and/or third party patents and their applicability in the industry
  • Analyzes company patent portfolios and possible licensing targets to determine patent licensing opportunities, including evaluating third party products or publications to assess use of company patented technologies
  • Performs prior art searches and analysis to assess patent validity and enforceability
  • Analyzes company or third party patent portfolios to determine strength and applicability to specific technologies
  • Creates testing instructions based on applicable claim language for reverse engineering experiments to determine patent infringement
  • Creates detailed claim charts documenting patent infringement analysis or patent claim invalidity
  • Evaluates third party patents offered for sale to determine strength and industry usage
  • Analyzes and advises regarding the right to use desired technologies and appropriate freedom of action
  • Evaluates markets and products to determine industry technology usage and trends
  • Analyzes and advises on third party patents in connection with prospective litigation, due diligence, licensing/business negotiations, and/or other related business purposes
  • Communicates with patent portfolio development personnel to ensure existing portfolio prosecution supports licensing efforts
  • Maintains technical and patent practice competence through CLE and technical learning opportunities (as needed and available)
  • Some domestic travel may be required


  • Patent attorney / agent with 6+ years experience, with BS degree in Electrical Engineering preferred
  • Alternatively BS Engineering w/ 10+ years engineering  work experience, or MS Engineering w/ 7+ years engineering work experience, or PhD w/ 5+ years engineering work experience
  • Patent prosecution and patent licensing experience preferred
  • Candidates preferably have experience in the following technology areas: consumer data storage electronics/architecture, networking electronics/architecture, hard disk drives, solid-state drives, firmware/software, semiconductor design / fabrication, magnetics, and/or computer systems.
  • Knowledge of industry trends to assess commercial value of patents and inventions
  • Ability to effectively search and assess U.S. and foreign prior art references
  • Effectively present information, ideas, and perspective to peers, team members, and technical experts
  • Speak effectively one-on-one and in small group situations
  • Read, analyze, and interpret documents such as technical reports, instructions, procedures and scientific journals
  • Write technical reports/documentation, department procedures and business correspondence with good grammar, spelling, punctuation, and structure
  • Ability to write clear and concise complex technology or licensing summaries



The future. It’s on you. You & Western Digital.

We’ve been storing the world’s data for more than 50 years. Once, it was the most important thing we could do for data. Now we’re helping the world capture, preserve, access and transform data in a way only we can.

The most game-changing companies, consumers, professionals, and governments come to us for the technologies and solutions they need to capture, preserve, access, and transform their data.


But we can’t do it alone. Today’s exceptional data challenges require your exceptional skills. It’s You & Us. Together, we’re the next big thing in data.


Western Digital® data-centric solutions are found under the G-Technology™, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™, and WD® brands.

Western Digital is an equal opportunity employer.


Western Digital does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, religion (including religious dress and grooming standards), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), gender (including a person’s gender identity, gender expression, and gender-related appearance and behavior, whether or not stereotypically associated with the person’s assigned sex at birth), age, national origin, sexual orientation, medical condition, marital status (including domestic partnership status), physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, protected medical and family care leave, Civil Air Patrol status, military and veteran status, or other legally protected characteristics. We also prohibit harassment of any individual on any of the characteristics listed above. Our non-discrimination policy applies to all aspects of employment. We comply with the laws and regulations set forth in the "Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law" poster.

Federal and state laws require employers to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals with disabilities.  Please tell us if you require a reasonable accommodation to apply for a job or to perform your job.  Examples of reasonable accommodation include making a change to the application process or work procedures, providing documents in an alternate format, using a sign language interpreter, or using specialized equipment. If you need any accommodation or assistance with our career site, please contact us at staffingsupport@wdc.com.

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