Patent Specialist – US or Canada at D-Wave Systems

D-Wave Systems

Patent Specialist (Remote)




D-Wave is looking for exceptionally motivated people who love to see the impact of their work, who are driven to ensure the success of the company, and who want to be a part of something special. We are working to radically change what is possible with computers and are leading the effort to commercialize quantum computing.

D-Wave’s systems are multi-disciplinary in nature spanning, physics, algorithms research, math, mechanical engineering, cryogenics engineering, low-noise analog and digital electronics, conventional computer networking, and a low-magnetic field environment. The company’s flagship product, the D-Wave 2000Q, is built around a novel superconducting quantum processor designed to exploit quantum resources known to offer large computational speedups on some problems. The D-Wave annealing quantum computer can sample from probability distributions and optimize functions that are computationally intractable using classical hardware. D-Wave computers are currently being used by customers such as Lockheed Martin, NASA and Google, and there is a rapidly expanding community of cloud users and developers exploring applications and expanding open-source tools. D-Wave has appeared in Time Magazine, MIT Technology Review, Forbes, INC Magazine, and Wired.

Patent Specialist

Are you a collaborative and self-motivated person with strong interpersonal skills, who is enthusiastic and passionate about learning and technology? Do you have an engineering or science background, and do you have experience drafting patents? If so, we invite you to apply to join our IP team.

D-Wave’s IP team is responsible for monitoring D-Wave’s technological developments, drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and liaising with D-Wave’s scientists and engineers to ensure IP procedures are followed and D-Wave’s technological leadership position is protected by strong patents.

You will work together with the team that has developed an industry-leading patent portfolio. You will get the opportunity to draft and prosecute patents on a broad range of technologies in collaboration with folks pushing the boundaries of their respective fields. While the primary focus of the role is on patent drafting and prosecution, you will also get the opportunity to get involved in other IP-related areas, and to develop business and IP strategy skills.

The majority of the team is based at our head office in Burnaby, British Columbia, but we welcome applications from applicants interested in working remotely from Canada or the US.

Responsibilities include:

  • Drafting patents in a range of technical disciplines and preparing arguments for the patent office to turn patent applications into granted patents
  • Learning about D-Wave’s cutting-edge and evolving technology
  • Identifying new ideas through meetings and collaboration with inventors
  • Developing and nurturing positive interpersonal relationships with the IP team and our diverse technical team to build trust and foster cooperation
  • Assisting with the management of D-Wave’s IP portfolio to support our business
  • Reviewing and identifying IP issues in the context of D-Wave’s contracts, product documentation, marketing materials, presentations and other documents
  • Training and advising non-IP colleagues on good IP habits and processes
  • Proactively monitoring and advising on IP developments that may impact our business
  • Managing and prioritizing a high-volume workload to ensure the right things get done on time and on budget

Experience and Skills we’re looking for:

  • Prior experience drafting patents or patent agent designation
  • Work, study or exposure to any of software, physics, math, computer science or electrical engineering
  • Effective written and verbal communication
  • Ability to build and nurture relationships
  • Organizational skills and the ability to manage deadlines and priorities

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