Job Description

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP is searching for a full-time patent prosecution scientist to work through the Firm’s alternative-track attorney and staffing program, DWTSurge. We are particularly interested in patent scientists with a desire to work with clients of all sizes and in a variety of industries. A technical background in computer technology is required. Candidates with hands-on experience in supporting a diverse range of clients, from startups to Fortune 500 companies, across various technology areas such as mechanical devices, consumer products, and designs, are highly desired. Technical experience with cloud computing, cryptography, information security, robotics or blockchain are also desirable candidate qualifications.

Patent scientists with experience in the preparation and prosecution of patent applications in-house or as outside counsel for medium/large firms are encouraged to apply.

Candidates who are located in the Seattle area and can attend occasional meetings at DWT's Seattle office are strongly preferred. However, we are open to remote work and will consider qualified candidates based in any of the following states: AK, AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, IL, MD, MN, MT, NJ, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, TN, TX, VA, WA, and WDC.


The ideal candidate will have:

  • 2+ years of experience with patent prosecution as a patent scientist
  • A minimum of a BS degree and industry experience in electrical engineering, computer science, or related field
  • Familiarity with operations of large organizations with established patent programs
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to being responsive to client needs
  • Excellent writing, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to collaborate and work effectively with a variety of internal and external stakeholders
  • Demonstrated ability working independently without significant supervision and proven performance managing a workload efficiently


Please note that this position is managed by DWT’s flexible attorney and staffing program, DWTSurge, and offers a contract for a specified term that may be renewed on an annual basis for successful candidates. The initial term offered will run through the end of the calendar year and will offer full time employment with an annual 1,800 billable hour requirement. We are interested in candidates who are electing to pursue more flexible opportunities while also focusing on providing continuous, high-value legal services to clients.


The annualized salary range for this full-time contract patent scientist position in Los Angeles, California is $111,000 to $124,000; and San Francisco, California is $121,000 to $138,000. The annualized salary range for this position in New York is $128,000 to $139,000. The annualized salary range for this position in Washington is $111,000 to $124,000. Actual pay will be adjusted based on the candidate’s education, training, experience, and other job-related factors permitted by law.


Employees may be eligible for a quarterly bonus and health insurance with an optional HSA, long term disability, dental insurance, vision care, life insurance, Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(k), vacation, sick time, and an employee assistance program. DWTSurge Patent Scientists generally take approximately three weeks of vacation from work each year, and it may vary depending on the needs of the clients and the firm. Additional voluntary benefits programs include:

  • First Stop Health Telemedicine: Speak with a licensed physician or mental health counselor 24/7, covered by the firm
  • TELUS Health Employee Assistance Program: Receive support with mental, financial, physical, and emotional wellbeing
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Milk Stork: Virtual lactation consulting, breast milk shipping and nutritional testing covered by the firm

Wellness Benefits: 

  • Peloton App
  • Headspace App


To apply, send your resume and cover letter to DWTSurge Recruiting Manager, Mariah Watson, at We are currently not accepting third party submissions for this opportunity. 


We are an AmLaw 100 law firm with eleven offices nationwide. We are relentlessly committed to client service and look for candidates who share that commitment. At DWT, client service means having empathy for each client’s and each lawyer’s work and personal pressures, business objectives, and legal needs; anticipating their needs; and having the capabilities and commitment to deliver what matters most to them. 

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion are part of the fabric of Davis Wright Tremaine - central to who we are and what we do. Our vision is to foster a culture where all talented individuals - including those who are from traditionally underrepresented communities in the legal profession - can have, and can see, a path to success. We embed DEI throughout our law firm with our four-pillar framework: Community, Growth, Education, and Engagement. We invite you to learn more about our commitment to DEI at 

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As an equal opportunity employer, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP values the diversity of our work force and the knowledge of our personnel. Labor Condition Applications (LCAs) for specialty occupation petitions are displayed electronically in accordance with notice requirements pursuant to U.S. Department of Labor regulations, and public access files are available pursuant to regulation. See 20 CFR § 655.734, 655.760. 

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