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Counsel 4 - Patents

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.

    Location:  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

NC-Charlotte: 301 S College St - Charlotte, NC
MN-Minneapolis: 90 S 7th St - Minneapolis, MN
CA-SF-South Of Market Area: 45 Fremont Street - San Francisco, CA
DC-Washington: 1750 H St Nw - Washington, DC
IL-Chicago: 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.