Associate Director of IP or Patent Counsel - Chemical

Legal Affairs Bothell, Washington


Description

Summary: 

This is an experienced attorney position within the Intellectual Property function of the Legal Affairs group supporting the intellectual property needs of a growth-phase biotechnology company.  The position includes the design and implementation of patent strategies to protect small molecule drug products and antibody-drug conjugate technologies. In this context, the attorney is accountable for ensuring product-tailored, forward-looking, and timely procurement and management of IP rights, as well as accurate and actionable communication of IP needs and issues with the business.

The successful candidate is someone who enjoys being part of a high functioning team in an innovation-driven entrepreneurial environment committed to improving the lives of people with cancer.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provide strategic day-to-day IP support, including drafting and prosecution of small molecule drug products, including chemical linkers and small molecule payloads of antibody-drug conjugates
  • Strategically and efficiently manage a large and complex patent docket, managing outside IP counsel as needed
  • Design and implement effective strategies for optimizing patent coverage and regulatory exclusivity for products
  • Provide support on operational contracts (e.g. MTAs, clinical trial agreements and licenses)
  • Interface with researchers to identify patentable subject matter and implement patent protection strategies
  • Provide IP support for research stage products/technologies as well as general IP group initiatives, as needed
  • Perform IP landscape searches for emerging technologies and provide analysis
  • Serve as an adviser to the business to navigate an evolving business and legal landscape
  • Manage agents/paralegals directly or in a matrix managing setting, as needed

Qualifications for Associate Director:

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in patent prosecution with an emphasis on chemistry
  • U.S. law degree (JD)
  • Admission to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Member of a state bar and eligible to be admitted to practice in the state of Washington
  • An advanced degree in biochemistry, chemistry, or a related field is required
  • Minimum of 8 years experience maintaining and managing a large patent docket
  • Minimum of 8 years experience in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with large molecule therapeutics and antibodies
  • Experience with patentability and FTO searches and analyses
  • Knowledge of chemical linkage and conjugation technologies
  • Large IP law firm training and/or in-house experience
  • PhD in biochemistry, chemistry, or a related field
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills

Qualifications for Patent Counsel:

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in patent prosecution with an emphasis on chemistry
  • U.S. law degree (JD)
  • Admission to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Member of a state bar and eligible to be admitted to practice in the state of Washington
  • An advanced degree in biochemistry, chemistry, or a related field
  • Minimum 5 years experience maintaining and managing a large patent docket
  • Minimum of 5 years experience in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to draft and prosecute patent applications with minimal supervision
  • Experience with patentability and FTO searches and analyses
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Experience with large molecule therapeutics and antibodies
  • Knowledge of chemical linkage and conjugation technologies
  • Large IP law firm training and/or in-house experience
  • PhD in biochemistry, chemistry, or a related field
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills

As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle Genetics is proud to offer a competitive total compensation package as well as a comprehensive benefits program designed to support the whole lives of our employees and their families. Benefits include medical, vision and dental coverage, group and supplemental life insurance, 401(k) with company match, tuition reimbursement, relocation assistance and much more. To learn more about Seattle Genetics, please visit www.seattlegenetics.com.

Seattle Genetics is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local law.

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