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Patent Attorney/Agent - Rochester, New York

Patent Attorney or Patent Agent (Rochester)

Lee & Hayes is a leading national IP law firm at the intersection of business, law, and technology.  We are currently seeking a Patent Attorney or Patent Agent to work out of our Rochester, New York office.  This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of a dynamic team in our highly-regarded and growing office in beautiful Upstate New York. 

Primary responsibilities for this position will include preparing and prosecuting patent applications across a variety of technology areas, with a focus on computer-implemented methods in insurance, financial technologies and e-commerce, medical devices, autonomous vehicles, heavy machinery, and optics.  Responsibilities may also include managing foreign prosecution and rendering opinions to clients.  The position requires extensive interaction with in-house attorneys, inventors, and firm attorneys. 


Lee & Hayes provides a unique corporate culture that fosters a collegial atmosphere and encourages camaraderie, community outreach, and work-life balance.  Health and wellness initiatives are coordinated year-round and include quarterly wellness activities.  Members of the Lee & Hayes team are highly-accomplished individuals who take pride in their work, community, and families.  Lee & Hayes provides an excellent compensation and benefits package, is an equal opportunity employer (EOE), and strongly supports diversity in the workplace.

In addition to consistent recognition as a leading patent prosecution firm and best employer, Lee & Hayes:

  • Offers a comprehensive suite of IP counseling services including analytics-driven portfolio analysis, licensing negotiations, and freedom to operate analysis.
  • Provides litigation and corporate services ranging from business formation, mergers and acquisitions, and FDA/regulatory counseling.
  • Is consistently recognized as one of the nation’s highest-quality patent law firms across a broad spectrum of industry sectors and by organizations such as Intellectual Property Management (IAM) 300 & 1000, U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers®, Super Lawyers®, Best Places to Work Inland Northwest.
  • Culturally, is more like a “high-tech company of lawyers” than a law firm.


Successful candidates will have a USPTO registration number, and three or more years of patent preparation and prosecution experience.  Expertise in software applications, machine learning, artificial intelligence, augmented/virtual reality, and/or optics is highly desired.  Seeking candidates with degrees in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, or related technical backgrounds.


For confidential consideration, please submit a cover letter and your resume to  If you are currently living in another area, please share with us the reasons for your interest in the Rochester office (e.g., to be closer to family, you grew up in the area, you received your undergraduate or graduate degree from a local university, you enjoy the weather the region offers, etc.).

 Lee & Hayes is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workforce.

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