Associate Director, Patent Attorney – Genetics

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Fast growing publicly traded pharmaceutical company in New York is seeking a Patent Attorney to help manage a fast-growing portfolio of applications including foundational inventions centered around gene variant to phenotype associations, pharmacogenomics and precision medicine, polygenic risk scores, and models of human genetics, all of which support the company’s preclinical and clinical pipelines. The attorney will assist in developing and adapting a patent procurement strategy in the highly dynamic area of genetics research. In addition, the attorney will be expected to develop close relationships with company scientists and research support teams to continue building the genetics patent portfolio, and assist outside legal counsel in drafting, filing, and prosecuting patent applications around the world.

This position also presents an exciting growth opportunity to become involved with the company’s efforts to support positive reforms in the area of national patent policy and patent legislation. The attorney will be an active participant in an IP Department displaying the highest legal and ethical standards.

A typical day may include:

  • Assisting in patent procurement for genetics-based platform technologies, including those related to variant-phenotype associations, siRNA, precision medicine, and analytical platform/bioinformatics technologies.
  • Developing close relationships with scientists and research group leaders, and working with these individuals to identify new inventions and devise a patent procurement strategy.
  • Working directly with scientists and outside legal counsel to draft patent applications and responses to office actions.
  • Keeping abreast of rule-making and legislative developments, as well as case law developments from the courts and the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board, particularly in the area of subject matter eligibility.
  • Developing close relationships with scientific and business groups in various core research areas (e.g., genetics/bioinformatics, mouse disease models, inhibitory nucleic acids, etc.), and understanding preclinical and clinical research and development objectives

This role might be for you if you:

  • Enjoying working independently, but also as part of a team.
  • Can coordinate with outside counsel and internal partners to move matters forward on deadlines.
  • Can provide thoughtful legal advice to colleagues and partners on an array of issues that can vary day-by-day, and hour-by-hour.
  • Have exceptional oral and written communication skills and can provide independent judgment and an objective perspective.
  • Work effectively with colleagues and clients in a collaborative environment.

To be considered for this role you must possess a Ph.D. in the life sciences (e.g., molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry or related disciplines). A Juris Doctorate from an accredited law school; Admitted to practice before the USPTO and licensed to practice law in at least one state (member of the NY bar or eligible for in-house licensure in NY); 3-5 years of experience in a law firm setting (with or without corporate law department experience) preparing and prosecuting patent applications in the biological arts. Strong organizational skills and ability to manage multiple projects and a large and complex docket with minimal supervision. Exceptional communication skills, including presentation, interpersonal, writing and conflict resolution.

Salary commensurate with experience. Bonus and equity eligible position.

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