SRAM is a manufacturer of innovative bicycle components that was founded in Chicago, Illinois, in September of 1987.

Patent Attorney

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The Patent Attorney will be responsible for managing SRAM's global in-house prosecution practice for several technology areas, including drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Additionally, the Patent Attorney will lead and collaborate with SRAM's U.S. and overseas development centers and with their global team of outside patent agents in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. patent applications overseas. The patent attorney will also have a hands-on role in teaming with SRAM technology development groups to guide teams in mitigating technology risk during the development of SRAM products. The ideal candidate will bring strong analytical and patent application drafting skills as well as team-leading and collaborative approaches to patent application preparation and risk management. This person will be responsible for identifying inventions, reviewing invention disclosures, drafting and prosecuting patent applications as well as managing the drafting of applications by others including outside agents. This person will also mentor other patent attorneys on the patent application drafting and prosecution process and communicate with inventors and engineering managers to optimize the patent prosecution process to achieve quality and cost objectives. Excellent patent application drafting, prosecution, communication and mentoring skills are needed for this lead position to work with inventors, team members, product management leads, and intellectual property professionals making up SRAM's global prosecution and technology team.

  • Interface with inventors and engineering managers to identify inventions precisely define inventive content.
  • Coordinate and drive patent portfolio development strategies with SRAM IP department colleagues.
  • Prepare, file and prosecute patents in the USPTO.
  • Ensure effective communications with Patent Examiners, using well reasoned arguments to timely advance domestic and international patent applications.
  • Manage SRAM technology group's global patent activity diligently.
  • Craft validity and infringement opinions through self guided fact determination and analysis.
  • Effectively communicate risk areas with product development partners to drive beneficial results.
  • Multi-task effectively to provide coordinated support between related prosecution, development, and litigation activity.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or Science (preferably, Mechanical or Electro-Mechanical).
  • Juris Doctor (JD) form a recognized US law school and an active State bar admission - Qualified to practice law in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
  • At least 5 years' experience in drafting and prosecuting U.S. patent applications, with demonstrated excellent writing skills.
  • USPTO registration.
  • Practical experience in design, development, or testing engineering environments is a plus.
  • A sincere interest in technology and the development thereof.
  • Demonstrated critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Successful communication style that is concise, persuasive, persistent and results-oriented.
  • Salary range is $170,000 + up to 30% based on skills and experience level. This position is eligible for an annual corporate bonus based on company and individual performance.

About SRAM
SRAM LLC is one of the world's largest suppliers of components to the bike industry. Established in Chicago in 1987, SRAM continues to promote cycling through its products, its advocacy, and its employees who are dedicated to improving the cycling experience. Today, SRAM employs more than 5,000+ employees, in 20+ locations, across 10+ countries. SRAM is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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What are SRAM, LLC Perks + Benefits

Open door policy
Open office floor plan
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Team workouts
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Pet friendly
Relocation assistance
Onsite gym

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