Patent Agent or Associate (Life Sciences) - Patent Prosecution

United States
Jun 23, 2024
Jul 21, 2024
Trademark Agent
Contract Type


• Ph.D. degree in Molecular Biology, Genetics, Immunology or a related biological science.

• Research background in cell biology, gene therapy, structural biology or immunology.

• USPTO or bar admission required and post–doc preferred.

• Knowledge of life sciences industry.

• A business mindset and a passion for development of cancer therapies and vaccines.

• IP litigation experience or clerkship/judicial internship preferred for associates.

• Patent drafting and searching experience at a law firm for agents.

• Demonstrated skills verbally presenting scientific concepts, terms, and discoveries to wide audiences, including scientists and non–scientists.

• Demonstrated scientific writing ability using proper grammar and vocabulary that also includes the following skills: analyzing and explaining abstract scientific concepts and terms synthesizing a large amount of scientific or technological literature into a systematic and concise description of the state of the art; and differentiating and describing important differences among related scientific discoveries or technological breakthroughs.

• Ability to balance and prioritize multiple competing priorities and responsibilities, be highly organized and exercise extreme attention to detail.

• Ability to collaborate and work effectively in team settings.


• Assess scientific literature, patents and patent applications in a variety of biology fields, including cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, genetics, and molecular biology. Understand, critique and provide insightful opinion on scientific data relating to inventions.

• Conduct comprehensive searches for scientific articles, patents and patent applications relevant to inventions.

• Perform in–depth analysis comparing inventions with existing technologies.

• Identify essential elements, features or components of invention.

• Compose patent applications comprising a comprehensive background of the field of an invention, a description of critical features and components of the invention, and a set of claims clearly and distinctly defining the invention; and conduct inventorship determination and analysis.

• Draft responses to rejection of a patent application for an invention from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other worldwide Patent Offices, providing detailed analysis of the scientific or patent references cited in the rejection, assessing the difference between the invention and the citations, and presenting convincing arguments and reasoning why the patent application is to be allowed as a patent.

• Conduct freedom–to–operate and patentability reviews and analyses on prior art references and patent documents; prepare and review information disclosure statements and similar disclosures for submission before the USPTO and foreign jurisdictions.

• Collaborate with colleagues on various projects; adapt effectively in different team environments; present ideas, reasoning and conclusions in a concise way to colleagues; provide insightful feedback and arguments to colleagues on their ideas.

• Work with clients in prosecuting patent applications; formulate and ask clients questions essential to clarifying the distinct features or properties of the invention; investigate and respond promptly to clients' inquiries about the prosecution of patent applications.


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