Director, Patent Attorney

PureTech Health
May 31, 2023
Jun 28, 2023
Contract Type

Reporting to the Head of Intellectual Property, the Director, Patent Attorney will work in a fast–paced team environment on a broad range of intellectual property matters helping to build and maintain a strong IP portfolio protecting PureTech's platform technologies and drug development efforts. Working closely with scientists and management, this person should possess good business and legal sense and have a solid understanding of intellectual property laws and concepts related to clinical–stage biopharmaceutical business strategies and patents.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with internal R&D and Business Development teams to identify and proactively solicit invention disclosures
  • Work closely with internal IP team to execute Company's IP filing and prosecution strategies on a global level
  • Liaise with external IP counsel and academic tech transfer offices to manage all aspects of US and foreign prosecution, including preparation, filing and procurement of patent applications
  • Engage with foreign agents to prosecute applications in foreign jurisdictions
  • Prepare substantive client and external counsel correspondence
  • Review proposed publications for impact on existing patent estate
  • Conduct prior art searches
  • Perform patent clearance and patentability studies, as well as other diligence–related projects
  • Participate in due diligence with in–house and outside counsel to evaluate IP portfolios
  • Ability to work independently to identify, analyze, and solve problems
  • Ability to prioritize conflicting needs and handle matters expeditiously, proactively and follow through on tasks until successful completion
  • Experience with prosecution and IP strategies related to clinical–stage small molecule drug development
  • Comfortable dealing with multiple projects at once and confident making value–added decision based on available information


  • IP attorney licensed to practice before a State Bar and also before the USPTO
  • PhD in organic or medicinal chemistry
  • Experience working in–house in a company setting required, experience working in a clinical stage biotech or pharma company preferred
  • Experience prosecuting patent applications in the US and foreign jurisdictions
  • At least 15 years' experience managing an active prosecution docket with the ability to effectively prioritize prosecution projects to meet US and foreign patent office deadlines
  • Experience in managing and effectively communicating with a team of IP paralegals and administrators
  • Experience in handling complex IP matters in a regulated industry with the ability to effectively communicate IP prosecution strategy to upper management
  • Experience managing external counsel
  • Excellent research, writing, analytical and communication skills
  • Organized, independent and detailed oriented