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IP Attorney

Location: Milpitas, CA, United States 
Req ID: JR-0000037241


Western Digital


We deliver the possibilities of data.  YOU define what's possible.



We are seeking a patent attorney with experience in the software and computer arts to join us as Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property.  This position reports to the Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property. 


Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist inventors in submitting invention disclosures

  • Lead invention review board and determine patent application filing priorities

  • Manage outside counsel who prepares and prosecutes patent applications

  • Develop strategy for a portfolio of Western Digital’s global patent assets

  • Work collaboratively with business leaders, engineers, and other members of the legal department on IP issues

  • Perform IP due diligence, risk assessment, and freedom-to-operate analysis

  • Counsel internal clients on intellectual property matters

  • Analyze patent infringement, validity, and related issues

  • Some travel is required


  • 5+ years of patent prosecution experience at a reputable law firm; additional in-house experience is a plus

  • J.D. degree from an ABA-accredited law school

  • Current member of at least one state bar in good standing

  • Registration to practice before the USPTO

  • Computer science, electrical engineering, physics or comparable degree

  • Experience asserting and enforcing patents is a plus

  • Ability to proactively identify, analyze and resolve issues and provide timely, concise and business-focused legal advice in a fast-paced, dynamic environment

  • Proven team player with strong client service orientation and interpersonal skills

  • Excellent attention to detail, time management and organizational skills

  • Good sense of humor and positive attitude

  • Experience working with outside counsel and partners in foreign jurisdictions



Western Digital Corporation is the world’s largest data storage company with a leading portfolio of HGST, SanDisk, G-Technology and WD brands covering flash and disk-based solutions.  Deployed by the largest and most prominent organizations worldwide, Western Digital solutions are everywhere, touching lives and enabling great value from the data they possess. 
Western Digital is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all applicants and employees. Western Digital does not unlawfully discriminate and complies with the laws and regulations set forth in the following EEO Is The Law poster: Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law.
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