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Patent Engineer

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Job ID 2023-10061 Location Cambridge, United Kingdom Date Posted Feb. 12, 2024 Category Legal

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Enjoy engineering, but looking for a different type of technical role? Then this may be for you! Patent engineers carry out a highly technical role within the Legal team, analysing patents and our products, alongside our own engineers and attorneys.

Patent engineers don’t need to train and study for patent exams (it’s your engineering and interpersonal skills that are a priority!). You will learn key aspects of patent law on the job, and if further training in patent law interests you, it’s something we would support you to develop further.

Job description:

The Litigation team in Legal is looking for an engineer to provide technical analysis for our IP matters. The role requires good knowledge of how our technology works, preferably including expertise in CPU architecture/microarchitecture or GPU technologies. As part of this role, you’ll have many opportunities to learn and become highly knowledgeable about many of our product offerings. Litigation can target any Arm product, so the adaptability to rapidly learn how an Arm product works is key.

The work will include identifying applicable technical defences. You will act as a bridge between Arm engineering and internal and external lawyers and Arm partners, so clear and precise communication is key, as well as the ability to work with audiences having varying levels of technical background. Experience working with patents would be advantageous but it is not essential.

Whilst our Litigation team is predominantly based in Austin and San Jose, you will be based in Cambridge to enable you to engage with the substantial engineering presence. You will still have plenty of support for development and training, as much of Legal is in Cambridge, including a senior patent engineer and most of our patent prosecution team.

Primary responsibilities:

  • Reviewing third-party allegations of patent infringement, understanding the design of our products subject to such accusations, and advising Arm's attorneys on your analysis.
  • Explaining the operation of relevant portions of Arm products to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Performing searches using our patent tools to discover relevant prior art.
  • Contributing to other legal and technical guidance issued to the business that interacts with intellectual property work (e.g. open source, AI, standard setting organisations).
  • Working with engineering groups and litigators to devise potential product changes to avoid patent infringement.

Required experience:

  • A qualification in electronics/physics or proven technical ability in our field through many years of engineering work.
  • Experience developing and implementing Arm technology such as CPUs, GPUs, related bus fabric, memory controllers, or circuit design.
  • Can demonstrate an ability to explain highly detailed and complex matters clearly and concisely to non-technical experts.

“nice to have” experience:

  • Experience with patents as an inventor, supporting prosecution work, or prior experience with patent engineering.

This role may require occasional international travel to support litigation matters, typically to the US.

Accommodations at Arm

At Arm, we want our people to Do Great Things. If you need support or an accommodation to Be Your Brilliant Self during the recruitment process, please email To note, by sending us the requested information, you consent to its use by Arm to arrange for appropriate accommodations. All accommodation requests will be treated with confidentiality, and information concerning these requests will only be disclosed as necessary to provide the accommodation. Although this is not an exhaustive list, examples of support include breaks between interviews, having documents read aloud or office accessibility. Please email us about anything we can do to accommodate you during the recruitment process.

Hybrid Working at Arm

Arm’s hybrid approach to working is centred around flexibility, where we split our time between the office and other locations to get our work done. Within that framework, we empower groups and teams to determine their own particular hybrid working pattern, depending on the work and the team’s needs. Details of what this means for each role will be shared upon application. In some cases, the flexibility we can offer is limited by local legal, regulatory, tax, or other considerations, and where this is the case, we will collaborate with you to find the best solution. Please talk to us to find out more about what this could look like for you.

Equal Opportunities at Arm

Arm is an equal opportunity employer, committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal opportunities are available to all applicants and colleagues. We are a diverse organization of dedicated and innovative individuals, and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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