Patent Agent, Intellectual Property

Gilead Sciences, Inc.
San Mateo
May 28, 2023
Jun 13, 2023
Trademark Agent
Contract Type
Patent Agent, Intellectual Property
United States – California – Foster City

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a research–based bio–pharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative medicines in areas of unmet medical need. With each new discovery and investigational drug candidate, we seek to improve the care of patients living with life–threatening diseases around the world. Gilead's therapeutic areas of focus include HIV/AIDS, liver diseases, cancer and inflammation, and serious respiratory and cardiovascular conditions.

Making an impact on a global scale
Inclusion is one of the company's five core values. That's because we know that we are stronger and more innovative at Gilead when we are informed by a diverse set of backgrounds, experiences and points of view. Gilead Sciences is a biopharmaceutical company that discovers, develops and commercializes innovative therapeutics in areas of unmet medical need. The company's mission is to advance the care of patients suffering from life–threatening diseases worldwide.

When you join Gilead, you join our mission to change the world by enabling people to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. Come join a mission–driven bio–pharmaceutical organization that values inclusion and diversity, has a strong portfolio of products, and is constantly

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Job Description

Gilead Sciences, Inc. is a biopharmaceutical company that has pursued and achieved breakthroughs in medicine for more than three decades, with the goal of creating a healthier world for all people. The company is committed to advancing innovative medicines to prevent and treat life–threatening diseases, including HIV, viral hepatitis, and cancer. Gilead operates in more than 35 countries worldwide, with headquarters in Foster City, California.

Patent Agent, Intellectual Property

The Intellectual Property Legal group at Gilead is seeking a creative, dynamic, and collaborative patent agent to join the patent prosecution team. The Patent Agent will be an integral member of a team of over 30 attorneys, agents, and paralegals that enables Gilead to continue providing therapies to areas of unmet medical need worldwide.

As an individual contributor, the Patent Agent will support small molecule products and product candidates. This position will be located in Foster City and report to the Assoc Director, Intellectual Property & Patent Agent Team Lead.

Essential Duties and Job Functions

The person in this position will, among other things:
  • Work collaboratively with other members of the Intellectual Property Legal team on patent drafting and patent prosecution in US and foreign jurisdictions

  • Independently draft and prosecute patent applications with minimal supervision

  • Be able to identify many of the prosecution issues associated with increasingly complex matters

  • Evaluate tools to improve drafting efficiency and knowledge management

  • Assist in updating and/or maintaining best practice guidelines for patent application drafting and patent prosecution

  • Coordinate with client groups, e.g., to obtain information and feedback related to patent drafting

  • Develop solutions and solve problems related to department processes with ongoing input and oversight from more senior members of the Intellectual Property Legal team

  • Assist with researching routine issues related to patent strategy with assistance from their supervisor, with visibility to senior Company management, and with the ability to analyze and defend analysis

  • lnteract with other functions to optimize collaboration between legal and other functions

Education & Experience

  • Registered to practice before the USPTO

  • 5+ years of patent agent experience and a bachelor's degree or 3 years related experience with a master's degree.

  • Advanced degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry or related sciences preferred

  • Experience in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries preferred

  • Must have very in–depth technical skills and expertise depending on area(s) of responsibility

  • Must have excellent written and verbal communications skills

  • Must have strong client service orientation

The salary range for this position is: $129,540.00 – $167,640.00. Gilead considers a variety of factors when determining base compensation, including experience, qualifications, and geographic location. These considerations mean actual compensation will vary. This position may also be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus, discretionary stock–based long–term incentives (eligibility may vary based on role), paid time off, and a benefits package. Benefits include company–sponsored medical, dental, vision, and life insurance plans .

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Eligible employees may participate in benefit plans, subject to the terms and conditions of the applicable plans.

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Our environment respects individual differences and recognizes each employee as an integral member of our company. Our workforce reflects these values and celebrates the individuals who make up our growing team.

Gilead provides a work environment free of harassment and prohibited conduct. We promote and support individual differences and diversity of thoughts and opinion.

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