Patent Paralegal




San Jose, CA


Position summary

Introduction to the job

ASML US, including its affiliates and subsidiaries, brings together the most creative minds in science and technology to develop lithography machines that are key to producing faster, cheaper, more energy-efficient microchips. We design, develop, integrate, market and service these advanced machines, which enable our customers –the world’s leading chipmakers– to reduce the size and increase the functionality of their microchips, which in turn leads to smaller, more powerful consumer electronics. Our headquarters are in Veldhoven, Netherlands, and we have 18 office locations around the United States including main offices in Chandler, Arizona, San Jose and San Diego, California, Wilton, Connecticut, and Hillsboro, Oregon.

Job Mission

Are you a structured and strongly organized Patent Paralegal with a passion for quality, processes and cooperation with colleague Patent Paralegals and Patent Attorneys? If so, would you like to be part of an international Patent Paralegal team? Within ASML, the Corporate Intellectual Property department is responsible for growing and maintaining a portfolio of patent rights that protects and supports ASML’s business around the world. As a Patent Paralegal you will provide efficient and high quality support to the Patent Attorneys in execution of the patent related processes.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the patent process with a core set of administrative tasks and responsibilities (https://e.g., manage patent docket (https://e.g., registration, deadlines, agendas), handle e-mails, do filings, organize patent review meetings).

  • Cooperate with Patent Attorneys to manage the patent portfolio (https://e.g. conduct weekly routine meetings to plan upcoming filings, provide support).

  • Communicate with Patent Offices and national and international patent agents.

  • Compare, check and enter data in a intellectual property (patent) management system.

  • Execute IP transfers.

  • Participate in process and/or quality improvements.

  • Be knowledgeable in the field of patent procedures and share related knowledge inside and outside the Formalities Officers group.

  • Other duties as assigned.

Education and experience

  • Bachelor degree and/or combination of education and experience

  • Certified Patent Paralegal or having the drive to be certified.

  • Minimum of 3 years of patent paralegal experience, resulting from working as a paralegal in the area of Intellectual Property, a law firm or corporate setting.

  • Knowledge and hands-on experience with docket management systems and document storage databases.


Working at the cutting edge of tech, you’ll always have new challenges and new problems to solve – and working together is the only way to do that. You won’t work in a silo. Instead, you’ll be part of a creative, dynamic work environment where you’ll collaborate with supportive colleagues. There is always space for creative and unique points of view. You’ll have the flexibility and trust to choose how best to tackle tasks and solve problems.
To thrive in this job, you’ll need the following skills:

  • Has a proven track record in working autonomously as well as part of a team.

  • Has a pro-active attitude in execution as well as in thinking.

  • Is flexible and willing to adapt.

  • Has a strong focus on accuracy, with a high attention to details.

  • Is able to handle multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Is able to work according to a strict set of procedures within the provided timelines.

  • Has good (verbal) communicative skills.

  • Has a good focus for relationship management and expectation management.

  • Is familiar with working in a complex environment with multiple stakeholders (https://e.g., attorneys, engineers, managers).

  • Is proficient in the use of Microsoft Office suite programs (including Word, Excel and Powerpoint) to the point of comfort with independent learning of new features when needed.

Diversity & Inclusion

ASML is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and respects the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce. It is the policy of the company to recruit, hire, train and promote persons in all job titles without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We recognize that diversity and inclusion is a driving force in the success of our company.

Other information

  • The position is based in San Jose and is part of the San Jose Corporate Intellectual Property team consisting of Patent Paralegals and Patent Attorneys. The San Jose Patent Paralegals are also part of a global team with Patent Paralegals and Patent Attorneys in Veldhoven (NL), San Diego, San Jose and Wilton (US), who all report to the Manager CIP Support & Administration who reports to the SVP & Chief IP Counsel.

  • The position requires strong interpersonal skills for communicating and collaborating with colleagues and stakeholders. It also requires also careful clerical attention and skills for managing legal documents and processes using a combination of commercial software (https://e.g. Microsoft Office) and customized internal databases.

  • The position requires onsite presence to attend in-person work-related events, trainings and meetings and to further ensure teamwork, collaboration and innovation.

  • A hybrid remote working policy is applicable for this job (3 days onsite, 2 days remote).

  • Training on-site or attending a training program in the Netherlands is to be decided.

  • Occasional travel, both domestic and international, required (<1x/qtr)

  • A typical day at work might include:

    • Executing patent processes and workstreams,

    • Working closely together with Patent Attorneys and Patent Paralegals to align on patent matters,

    • Providing Patent Attorney support and executing formalities tasks,

    • Participating in quality and/or process improvements,

    • Creating reports for internal stakeholders.

  • We offer competitive salaries and benefits including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), and FSAs.

  • We are committed to leveraging the diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences of our workforce to create opportunities for our people and the business.


EOE AA M/F/Veteran/Disability

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The current base annual hourly range for this role is currently $https://38.40-$https://64.00. Pay scales are determined by role, level, location and alignment with market data. Individual pay is determined through interviews and an assessment of several factors that that are unique to each candidate, including but not limited to job-related skills, relevant education and experience, certifications, abilities of the candidate and pay relative to other team members. Our recruiters can share more information about our bonus program, benefits and equity during the hiring process.

Why you should apply for a job to ASML:

  • 5/5 in overall job satisfaction

  • 4.7/5 in supportive management

  • 100% say women are treated fairly and equally to men

  • 100% would recommend this company to other women

  • 100% say the CEO supports gender diversity

  • Ratings are based on anonymous reviews by Fairygodboss members.
  • We support lifelong learning for all employees across the globe, offering an appropriate blend of training, on-the-job learning experience

  • Our employee-led networks and clubs foster a supportive environment and enhance a sense of belonging in our workplace

  • Paid parental leave and a flexible workplace policy supporting work-life balance