Current Openings

Patent Attorney/Patent Agent

Harness Dickey has a unique opportunity to place an attorney or patent agent in-house at a subsidiary of a large Japanese corporation located in Nagoya, Japan, that specializes in international patent practice.  Qualified candidates should be registered with the United States Patent and Trademark Office and have 1-3 years patent prosecution experience. Preference will be given to patent attorney candidates, to electrical engineering candidates, and to candidates having some automotive engineering experience. The corporation will pay for moving expenses between the U.S. and Japan, and will provide assistance with securing an apartment in Nagoya.

While in Japan, the candidate will be responsible for preparing and revising, in accordance with U.S. patent practice, English language translations of patent applications originally filed in the Japan Patent Office. An amount of patent drafting, including patent claims, will be necessary to supplement specifications of certain translations as invention improvements become known before filing outside of Japan. Additionally, the candidate will be responsible for coordinating handling, analyzing, and providing internal recommendations for strategies to respond to communications from foreign patent offices (such as Office Actions). The position is part of an established corporate patent department within the corporation.

The candidate’s commitment in Japan will be for a period of two years minimum with the Japanese corporation. No Japanese language skills, nor prior work experience outside the United States, are required for this position. The candidate will have ample opportunity to vacation throughout the Far East, as well as to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific region. No work-related travel is anticipated.

If you are interested in this one-of-a-kind opportunity, please submit a resume and unofficial college/university transcripts in confidence to


Patent Prosecution Associate

The Clayton, Missouri office of Harness Dickey is seeking a mid-level IP Patent Prosecution Associate.  Candidates must have a minimum of 3 years of IP experience, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications related to computer and software technologies, and an undergraduate or advanced degree in computer engineering, computer science, or electrical engineering.  Candidates should also have a strong technical background, strong writing and communication skills, and excellent academic credentials.  USPTO registration is required, as well as membership to a state bar.

Interested candidates should submit a resume and law school transcripts, in confidence, to Paul Dalziel at Harness, Dickey & Pierce, P.L.C., 7700 Bonhomme, Suite 400, Clayton, MO 63105, or to