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Patent Agent

Location Peoria, Illinois, United States of America / Irving, Texas, United States of America
Date Posted
Contract Type Full time
Job Type Regular
Requisition ID R0000158626

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Job Description:

The Caterpillar Experience

Whether it be groundbreaking products, best in class solutions or creating a lifelong career, you can do the work that matters at Caterpillar. With a 95-year legacy of quality and innovation and 150 locations in countries around the world, your impact spans the globe.

When you join Caterpillar, you are joining a team of makers, innovators and doers. We are the people who roll up our sleeves and do the work to build a better world. We don’t just talk about progress and innovation. We make it happen. And we are proud of that because it helps our customers build and power the world we live in – the roads, hospitals, homes and infrastructure.  Without a dedicated workforce Caterpillar could not effectively meet our customer’s needs.  Join us.


The candidate will work closely with Business Unit Patent Attorneys within the candidate’s assigned technology and product area to evaluate the patentability of innovations with specific attention to managing the preparation and filing of patent applications and office action responses globally. Additionally, the candidate will draft approximately 10 patent applications annually and draft responses to select office actions. However, the candidate will primarily manage outside counsel for the majority of the candidate’s patent preparation and prosecution docket of work.

The candidate will be expected to work closely with attorneys, engineers and service providers to collect relevant materials including any invention related materials for preparing or having prepared, patent applications that are filed in the U.S. and globally. The candidate may be asked to perform research and analysis, provide guidance on a variety of patent and IP-related issues, and act as liaison for interdepartmental initiatives.

Along with managing a customary docket of patent preparation and prosecution related work within a product or technology area, the candidate will be expected to generate patent lifecycle deliverables in close coordination with Business Unit Patent Attorneys by properly identifying, developing and memorializing aftermarket and parts related patents and patent applications in preparation for enforcement activity and aftermarket patent lifecycle analysis in his or her product area.

The Caterpillar IP team has broad international exposure to IP matters and provides the opportunity to work closely with colleagues spread over the globe. The role will require a highly motivated individual that is looking for autonomy and flexibility, but also looking to be part of an enthusiastic team.

Caterpillar’s IP team offers a very broad-based intellectual property practice, including:

  • International patent portfolio management;

  • Invention harvesting;

  • Drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and working with external counsel to have patent applications drafted and prosecuted;

  • Aftermarket Patent Lifecycle Development; and

  • General IP counseling

Basic Requirements:

  • 4-year college or university degree in a science or technology-related field, such as mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, or physics

  • Registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office as a patent agent or patent attorney

Top Candidate Will Also Have:

  • A strong background and experience with patent protection related to construction equipment or automotive technology

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • A willing to undertake occasional business travel to liaise with inventors, business unit professionals, and other members of Intellectual Property.

Additional Details:

  • Location: Peoria, IL, but may also consider Irving, TX

  • Domestic Relocation is offered to those who qualify

  • 5-10% of travel is expected

  • "IL - Country of United States" is used for posting reasons only.

Employee benefit details:

Our goal at Caterpillar is for you to have a rewarding career. Our teams are critical to the success of our customers who build a better world.

Here you earn more than just a salary, because we value your performance. We offer a total rewards package that provides day one benefits [medical, dental, vision, RX, and 401(k)] along with the potential of an annual bonus.

Additional benefits include paid vacation days and paid holidays (prorated based upon hire date).

Final details:

Please frequently check the email associated with your application, including the junk/spam folder, as this is the primary correspondence method. If you wish to know the status of your application – please use the candidate log-in on our career website as it will reflect any updates to your status.

This employer is not currently hiring foreign national applicants that require or will require sponsorship tied to a specific employer, such as H, L, TN, F, J, E, O. As a global company, Caterpillar offers many job opportunities outside of the U.S. which can be found through our employment website at


EEO/AA Employer.  All qualified individuals - Including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.

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