Pfenex is a full-cycle biotechnology company engaged in the development of protein therapeutics and novel therapeutics using our Pfenex Expression Technology platform. We are committed to providing innovative solutions for global health. Our team is made up of driven, talented, motivated individuals making an immediate impact within our fast-paced dynamic organization
Reporting to the VP, Innovations, the IP Associate/Patent Agent will be involved in the development and implementation of strategies to secure and protect Pfenex's intellectual property. The successful candidate has a solid foundation in molecular biology, biochemistry, immunology or related field and works closely with external patent counsel to manage intellectual property filings. The ability to apply innovative problem-solving skills and practical business judgment to maximize intellectual property value and minimize risk is essential.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
Develop strategies for and conduct prior art database searches for patentability and freedom to operate analyses
Analyze patent and scientific papers and documents to assist with patent prosecution and litigation
Work with scientists to capture innovations; review and analyze invention disclosures
Work closely with scientists to draft and prosecute high quality patent applications
Assist with patent enforcement and/or challenge proceedings
Assist with the development and management of Pfenex's global patent portfolio
Broad scientific knowledge in biotechnology required
MS/PhD in biology, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology or biochemistry
2-5 years of biotech/pharma industry experience
Must be eligible to sit for the USPTO Registration Exam
UPTO registration preferred
2 years of patent prosecution experience
Experience in U.S. and foreign intellectual property law relating to biotechnology, in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industries, with a law firm or corporation
Experience with patent docketing
Strong analytical and research skills required including experience with patent and non-patent literature databases, as well as nucleic acid/protein sequence search databases
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; must communicate legal issues and solutions clearly and concisely
Demonstrated organizational and time management skills
Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
Pfenex celebrates the diversity of life and welcomes all individuals to apply.
Must be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship