Posted On: 09.05.2017
Department: Technology Specialists
Office: Boston, MA
We are looking for a Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in molecular biology, immunology or related areas to join our Boston office. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 1 or 2 years prior experience as a patent agent. Apply by sending your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org and referencing this position in the subject line of your e-mail. Search Firms with an active fee agreement are also welcome to submit resumes to email@example.com for this position.
Patent Agents work under the
supervision and guidance of senior associates and partners in our Intellectual
Property section and perform a variety of patent-related activities, primarily
in the areas of patent prosecution, opinion drafting, freedom to operate
analysis, and due diligence work. Specific duties include the
1. Assess scientific
literature, patents and patent application documents, each encompassing a
variety of biology fields, including cell biology, cancer biology, immunology,
crystallography, and molecular biology, and possibly materials science and
multiple chemistry areas, including organic, synthetic, and physical chemistry.
2. Understand, critique
and provide insightful opinion on scientific data relating to inventions.
Conduct comprehensive search for scientific articles, patents and patent
application documents relevant to the subject of an invention. Perform
in-depth analysis comparing an invention with existing discoveries or
inventions. Identify essential elements, features or components of an
3. Compose patent
applications comprising a comprehensive background of the field of an
invention, a description of critical features and components of the invention,
and a set of claims clearly and distinctly defining the invention.
4. Draft responses to
rejection of a patent application for an invention from the United States
Patent and Trademark Office and other worldwide Patent Offices, providing
detailed analysis of the scientific or patent references cited in the
rejection, assessing the difference between the invention and the citations,
and presenting convincing arguments and reasoning why the patent application is
to be allowed as a patent.
5. Collaborate with
colleagues on various projects. Adapt effectively in different team
environment. Present ideas, reasoning and conclusions in a concise way to
colleagues. Provide insightful feedback and arguments to colleagues on
6. Work with clients in
prosecuting patent applications. Formulate and ask clients questions
essential to clarifying the distinct features or properties of the
invention. Investigate and respond promptly to clients’ inquiries about
the prosecution of patent applications.
Ph.D. degree in molecular biology or related area.
knowledge in the following scientific fields: biology, cell biology, cancer
biology, immunology, crystallography, molecular biology.
scientific writing ability using proper grammar and vocabulary which also
includes the following skills:
1. analyzing and
explaining abstract scientific concepts and terms
2. synthesizing a large
amount of scientific or technological literature into a systematic and concise
description of the state of the art; and
3. differentiating and
describing important differences among related scientific discoveries or
4. Demonstrated skills
verbally presenting scientific concepts, terms, and discoveries to wide
audiences, including scientists and non-scientists