Patent Search Analyst – Mechanical Engineering Specialist

Location: Rochester, NY is an intellectual property solutions provider that helps organizations make complex business decisions around their innovations. Our industry-leading portfolio of services enables businesses to increase revenue, optimize operations, and manage IP risk through insightful data analytics and publishing.


The Patent Search Analyst conducts patentability, infringement, validity, freedom-to-operate, clearance, and patent landscaping searches.


  • Performs qualitative analysis of patent and non-patent technical literature
  • Performs patent searches: mainly patentability, freedom to operate, with some validity, and landscape searching using patent databases provided.
  • Must be able to analyze and communicate analysis of results.
  • Assists sales team as a subject matter expert when called to assist in the sales process
  • Seeks guidance from and collaborates with team members on IP related matters in order to produce the highest quality product possible
  • Manages time and workload at the direction of management, scheduled delivery dates, and customer due dates
  • Seeks training from more senior members to advance IP research skill set
  • Communicate effectively with customers in determining the scope of searches and draft informative reports that clarify and summarize search results.
  • Maintain proficiency with patent laws and regulations, commercial patent databases and other proprietary databases that disclose technical publications.
  • Conduct long-term patent landscape studies to identify trends in a technology field, deliver competitive intelligence and identify potential research and licensing opportunities.
  • Perform Evidence-Of-Use studies by analyzing products currently used in the market that may be infringing on a patent of interest.
  • Perform qualitative analysis of patents and patent portfolios from a legal, technical and business perspective.
  • Analyze patent file histories
  • Identify potential licensees


  • Expert level user of commercial patent search tools and analytical software
  • Expert level user of MS Office software


Education and Experience Requirements

  • Must have the ability to comprehend the application of Mechanical Engineering and mechanical design to a wide variety of fields of Industry, including transportation, energy, construction, manufacturing, biomechanics, robotics, consumer products and appliances, HVAC systems, power tools, oil & gas exploration, and aerospace.
  • Bachelor’s degree is required in Mechanical Engineering
  • 3-5 years of Prior Art searching experience
  • Research and analysis experience with a law firm, corporate IP office or search firm
  • Compliance with ITAR/Export Control regulations, which can be demonstrated by
    US citizenship.

Skills and Competencies Requirements

  • Knowledge of patent law, regulations and the MPEP
  • Understands all sections of a patent, and the importance of each section from a legal prior art search perspective
  • Expert in key term searching and constructing structured Boolean search queries
  • Excellent attention to detail, analytical and critical thinking, proof-reading abilities, interpersonal communication and organizational skills
  • Expert in reading, interpreting, and extracting key concepts from invention disclosures, patents, and technical papers
  • Exceptional oral communication, written communication and customer service skills
  • In-depth knowledge of technical literature in the area of subject matter expertise.
  • Highly skilled developing a search methodology and in conducting searches.
  • Strong time management skills and dependable in completing quality projects against deadlines.

Will allow telework from home with periodic travel required to corporate office.