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Patent Counsel/Agent/Senior Patent Counsel/Agent Small Molecule IP Team

Company name

Genentech, Inc.

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Date Last Verified

May 13,2019

Valid Through

Aug 26,2019

Posted on

Apr 11,2019

Years of Experience

Min 5 yrs required


South San Francisco, CA, United States

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Practice Area
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Litigation >> Intellectual Property - Litigation General
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Patent >> Intellectual Property - Patent General
Intellectual Property >> Intellectual Property - Trademark/Copyright
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Patent Counsel/Agent/Senior Patent Counsel/Agent, Small Molecule IP Team
The candidate will provide clear, informed and sophisticated counseling to clients within Research and Early Development (gRED), Business Development and other functional areas through all phases of patient-focused drug research, development, and commercialization; Develop in-depth expertise in particular areas of small molecule drug discovery across all therapeutic areas in order to provide guidance on patent law issues to business groups and scientists conducting research in those areas; Give legal opinions with respect to patent ability, validity, and freedom to operate; Drive global IP strategy by managing a substantial worldwide prosecution docket, including prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, including interference, reexamination, post-exam, and opposition practices as they may arise; Prepare, file and prosecute patent applications in close collaboration with scientists; Conduct freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analyses; Collaborate with colleagues around the world on IP matters; Support intellectual property-related transactional work; Manage relationships with collaborators and outside counsel.

Qualification and Experience

The candidate must have 5+ years of Patent Counsel/Agent experience in active small molecule patent prosecution; Must have 50% or more time spent in patent application drafting and prosecution in a pharmacy or biotech therapeutics in a corporate setting and/or representing such clients in a law firm; An advanced degree in chemistry is highly desired; Must have admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); A United States law degree (JD) is preferred; Experience in a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company is a plus; Experience with adverse proceedings (e.g., USPTO adverse proceedings, EPO adverse proceedings, US litigation) is desired; Experience with agreements and transactions is desired.

Additional info

Job ID: 201903-108715

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
Genentech, Inc.
1 DNA Way
South San Francisco, CA 94080-4990

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