Associate Director Intellectual Property

Corporate Functions Bothell, United States


Position at Seagen

Seagen is a global, multi-product biotechnology company dedicated to developing and commercializing transformative cancer medicines. As the industry leader in antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) technology, we pioneered a new generation in the science of harnessing antibodies to deliver cell-killing agents directly to cancer cells. Seagen’s dedication to improving the lives of cancer patients goes beyond science, and we believe that every employee has a role in contributing to this mission. By working together with a shared dedication and diverse perspectives, we are able to reach our full potential and make a real difference in the world. Seagen is a fast-growing company and has an abundance of opportunities available for you to grow your career. Put your passion to work at Seagen and join us! 


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 


  • 8-10 years’ experience in patent prosecution with an emphasis on chemistry (experience with large molecule therapeutics and antibodies is a plus) 
  • Experience maintaining and managing a large patent docket 
  • Knowledge of chemical linkage and conjugation technology preferred 
  • Substantial experience in U.S. and foreign patent prosecution 
  • Experience with patentability and FTO searches and analyses 
  • Excellent English written and oral communication skills 
  • Large IP law firm training and/or in-house experience preferred 


  • U.S. law degree (JD) required 
  • 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, PhD preferred 

As the leading employer in our industry in the Pacific Northwest, Seagen 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 Seagen, please visit  

Seagen 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.  

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, and as an integral part of its public health and safety measures, Seagen requires that all newly-hired employees be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before commencing employment, subject to reasonable accommodation and other requirements of applicable federal, state, and local law.