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Counsel, Patents, Biopharma Company (NASDAQ), Seattle, WA

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Harris Legal Search has been hired by a NASDAQ-traded biopharmaceutical company to recruit an experienced patent attorney.

This attorney will secure and maintain patent applications to protect the Company’s biotechnology inventions; review prior art and other patents in connection with opinions; ensure protection of the Company’s trade secrets; draft and review technology transfer, licensing, development and commercialization agreements concerning intellectual property; perform intellectual property due diligence; and review proposed Company publications.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Participate in teams with Company research and development personnel to identify and evaluate corporate biotechnology inventions for patentability, and determine optimal strategy for protection.
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications.
  • Draft agreements or portions of agreements pertaining to intellectual property, including research agreements, commercialization agreements, technology transfer agreements and licenses.
  • Review proposed Company presentations, publications and releases to ensure intellectual property rights are not jeopardized.
  • Evaluate Company research and development activities and third-party patents with respect to freedom to operate.
  • Review, search and complete due diligence evaluation of acquisition or licensing opportunities.
  • Prepare legal opinions and analyses of patents.
  • Review significant corporate legal documents and provide input on intellectual property issues.
  • Provide other general legal advice and represents the company in matters relating to intellectual property law.
  • Occasional overnight travel may be required.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Advanced degree in a relevant biology field, or equivalent combination of education and scientific experience, with knowledge and understanding of biotechnology required.
  • Admission to practice in front of the USPTO.
  • Minimum of 5 years of related patent preparation and prosecution experience in a law firm, corporation and/or USPTO.
  • Substantial experience drafting and negotiating agreements for technology transactions involving life sciences assets.
  • Ability to understand the science related to the Company’s biopharmaceutical research and development programs, and to interact as a scientific peer with research and development team members.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive relationships with management, peers, and subordinates.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Detail oriented.
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one state required, with eligibility for Admission by Motion to Washington State preferred.

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