Intellectual Property Associate/ Patent Agent (Non-Jd)

Pfenex San Diego , CA 92140

Posted 2 months ago

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.


  • 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

Additional Information

  • 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

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