Patent Attorney | Schlumberger

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Patent Attorney

Petaling Jaya - Malaysia

About us

We are a global technology company, driving energy innovation for a balanced planet.​Together, we create amazing technology that unlocks access to energy for the benefit of all.​

Our inclusive culture is the key to our success. We collaborate with our internal community of colleagues, alumni, and our valued external partners to support each other and achieve our goals. We aim to raise the bar high. We look for people who are committed to innovation and success and act with integrity to become and be a part of one of the most diverse group of experts in our industry, anywhere around the globe.

Global in outlook, local in practice – and with a united, shared passion for discovering solutions, we hire talented, driven people and support them to succeed, personally and professionally.


Job Summary:

The successful candidate will join the Kuala Lumpur Legal Support Center (LSC) and, under the supervision of a Team Lead, the Legal Support Center Manager, and the General Counsel – Intellectual Property, will assist with the provision of legal assistance and advice in support of obtaining intellectual property protection for innovations developed by a global energy technology company.



The role is based in Kuala Lumpur (Petaling Jaya), Malaysia. The employee will be hired in Malaysia with compensation and benefits competitive within the Malaysian legal market.   


Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

The LSC scope of work for a successful candidate includes supporting the intellectual property of the Legal Department and the company’s technology development and deployment teams, to ensure smooth, timely, and efficient turnaround of patent and trademark documents, research, and other related activities supervised by Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys within the SLB Legal Department.


1. Initial duties will most likely pertain to:

  • Performing initial intake and review of invention disclosures across the SLB, and providing summaries in a format allowing efficient review and prioritisation for patent and trade secret protection decisions.
  • Preparing patent applications on new inventions, including collaborating with inventors and supervising patent attorneys to identify the scope of the invention and patent filing strategies.
  • Reviewing freedom-to-operate and technology landscape documents; updating the documents with relevant SLB and third-party Intellectual Property (IP), contracts, and public disclosure information.
  • Preparing responses to preliminary rejections from patent offices worldwide, including with respect to unity of invention rejections, requests to correct application papers, and notices to file missing parts.
  • Prepare and coordinate filing of applications and examination report responses in jurisdictions where licensed to practice patent law.
  • Assisting Intellectual Property (IP) attorneys in reviewing patent applications and reducing excess claim fees in various jurisdictions.
  • Working with business line attorney and sales and commercial teams to evaluate trademark rights and usage, collect trademark specimens, and obtain and extend trademark protection.
  • Reviewing patents and corresponding annuity payments, and preparing materials related to maintenance for review by technical and business stake holders.


2. Other duties may include:

  • Performing patent searching and landscaping related to key technologies.
  • Support for ad hoc patent, trademark, and Intellectual Property (IP)-related investigations and matters as assigned by Intellectual Property (IP) Attorneys.
  • Assisting with internal training related to intellectual property policies and practices.
  • Preparation and negotiation of Intellectual Property (IP)-related agreements, including unilateral and bilateral confidentiality agreements, sponsored research agreements, joint development agreements, consulting agreements, and master service agreements.


3. The employee will also:

  • Participate in Legal Department training and development initiatives and complete all assigned trainings.
  • Become familiar with and use Legal Department systems and tools and contribute to the legal knowledge management systems used by the company.
  • Support implementation of workflows, processes, procedures, practices, guidelines, playbooks, and templates.


Experience and Key Competencies:

1. Degree in computing, engineering, mathematics, science, or technology, and

  • admitted to practice before at least one patent office; or
  •  2+ years of experience as a patent engineer in a law firm or corporate environment

2. Written and spoken language proficiency in English; additional proficiency in at least one of Arabic, French, German, Mandarin, Russian, or Spanish is helpful but not required.

3. Competent in Microsoft Office Packages, particularly Word and Excel applications.

4. Ability to communicate effectively and interact with, as well as support, management, peers, and internal stakeholders.

5. Ability to proactively organize a heavy workload and demonstrate excellent analytical and prioritisation abilities.

6. Good interpersonal skills and adaptability and a practical approach to problem-solving.

7. Cultural sensitivity and ability to work within a team.

8. Interest in continuous improvement and customer centricity, and the ability to adapt to new challenges.


SLB is an equal employment opportunity employer. Qualified applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or other characteristics protected by law.