BioTech Patent Agent

Mintz Levin
San Francisco, California
Oct 19, 2017
Nov 18, 2017
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological, Biotechnical, Law / Patents
Work Function
Attorney / Patent Agent
Job Type
Full time

BioTech Patent Agent

Department: Technology Specialists
Office: San Francisco, CA

We are looking for a Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in the biological sciences to join our San Francisco office. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 3 years of experience. Apply by sending your resume, cover letter, and writing sample to and referencing this position in the subject line of your e-mail. Search Firms with an active fee agreement are also welcome to submit candidate materials to for this position.


Patent Agents work under the supervision and guidance of partners and associates in our Intellectual Property section and perform a variety of patent-related activities, primarily in the areas of patent prosecution, freedom to operate analysis, and due diligence work.  Specific duties include the following:

·         Work with clients on innovative and cutting edge biotechnology to procure patent protection by drafting and prosecuting patent applications. 

·         Assist with patent strategy for creating IP portfolios

·         Manage IP portfolios and coordinate world-wide prosecution with foreign associates in various foreign jurisdictions.

·         Assess scientific literature, patents and patent application documents in a variety of biology fields

·         Assist in IP diligence on biotech initial public offerings (IPO) and other capital markets transactions

·         Work with venture capitalist on IP diligence for potential investments

·         Work on IP landscapes to identify third party patents and patent applications

·         Collaborate with colleagues on various projects.  

·         Adapt effectively in different team environment.

·         Present ideas, reasoning and conclusions in a concise way to colleagues.          


·         Ph.D. degree in the biological life science area (e.g., Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Immunology or related areas)

·         Demonstrated knowledge in some of the following scientific fields: biology, cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, molecular biology, and/or chemistry 

·         Demonstrated scientific writing ability using proper grammar and vocabulary which also includes the following skills: analyzing and explaining abstract scientific concepts and terms synthesizing a large amount of scientific or technological literature into a systematic and concise description of the state of the art; and differentiating and describing important differences among related scientific discoveries or technological breakthroughs.

·         Demonstrated skills verbally presenting scientific concepts, terms, and discoveries to wide audiences, including scientists and non-scientists.

·         Several years’ of patent prosecution experience