Associate Director, Patent Attorney – Viral Vector Technologies, T Cell

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Our client, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company in New York, is seeking a Patent Attorney to assist in the development, protection, and management of the company’s valuable intellectual property pertaining to platform technologies, in particular viral vector technologies and T cell related technologies. This position will be highly integrated and develop close client relationships with the relevant scientific and business groups and coordinate patent filings, administrative patent actions and perform necessary due diligences.

The Patent Attorney will also advise on emerging legal issues, including monitoring and reviewing case law and legislative developments, and is expected to contribute to administrative and legal projects intended to develop an IP Department displaying the highest legal and ethical standards.

A typical day may include:

  • Identifying and capturing new inventions relating to platform technologies, in particular viral vector related technologies and T cell related technologies;
  • Preparing and prosecuting global patent applications relating to all aspects of viral vector related technologies and T cell related technologies;
  • Managing outside counsel on various projects as appropriate;
  • Conducting patent landscape overviews, freedom-to-operate analyses, validity assessments and patentability assessments in relation to emerging technologies and communicating the results and analyses to senior members of the Law Department and other company senior management personnel;
  • Managing US and foreign administrative patent actions (e.g., oppositions, third party observations, inter partes reviews, etc.); and supporting due diligence projects, agreements and transactional work, administrative initiatives, and policy questions.

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, cell biology, biochemistry or related disciplines). A Ph.D. in virology or immunology is preferred. 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.

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