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As the market for Intellectual Property Attorneys continually changes, it is our job at Elite to stay informed. Our team of recruiters welcomes the opportunity to keep you apprised of new positions and email the job descriptions that line up with your specifications and requirements. We are currently working on numerous IP searches for both companies and law firms. Below is a sampling of some of those positions. Please feel free to contact us at any time for more information and a more detailed list of positions.


Recent Listing

Small Molecule Patent Counsel or Senior Patent Agent, 5 plus years’ experience - Prosecution; Bay Area – Ref 11920


Large Biopharmaceutical Company

Requirements: Looking for candidates with an advanced degree in chemistry, organic chemistry or medicinal chemistry or like degree, with a Ph.D. preferred. 5 plus years’ experience but open to those with significantly more years.  Technical expertise and/or patent prosecution experience in the areas of small molecule/medicinal chemistry are strongly preferred. Experience with client counseling and strategic prosecution of active and complex patent portfolios. Transactional or other contract experience, while desirable, is not required.  About 5 years or more of experience in active small molecule patent drafting and prosecution, there is no top end to the years of experience, with law firm and in-house experience preferred. Agreement and transactional experience preferred, USPTO required,  CA Bar not required but at least one state bar is required. 

Description: The Patent Counsel will help build the company`s small molecule global intellectual property portfolio through strategic planning and execution of patent preparation and prosecution. Partnering with clients across multiple functional areas, the Patent Counsel will build, maintain and defend the Company`s intellectual property interests. The Patent Counsel will develop in-depth expertise in particular areas of medicinal chemistry and provide guidance on patent law issues to business groups and scientists conducting research in those areas. The ideal candidate will prove him/herself integral and invaluable to the business, as it continues to discover and explore innovative medicines and technologies to help patients.

Provide Advice & Counsel: Provide clear, informed and sophisticated counseling to clients within Research & Early Development (gRED), Product Development (PD), Manufacturing (PT), 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 in order to provide guidance on patent law issues to business groups and scientists conducting research in those areas,  Render legal opinions with respect to patentability, validity, and freedom to operate

Manage Docket (prep, prosecute, conduct due diligence):  Maintain a substantial and active prosecution docket of U.S. and foreign patent applications, with interference, reexamination, post-exam, and opposition practices as they may arise with prosecution.  Prepare, file and prosecute patent applications, with a primary focus on the protection of inventions and patent prosecution relating to small molecule therapeutics.  Conduct due diligence (including freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analyses)

Collaborate, Manage, & Support Others:  Provide agreement support (including MTAs, CDAs, research collaborations, and licensing agreements).  Support intellectual property-related transactional and litigation work

Highly competitive compensation package including base, bonus, stock and 401K. 

Top notch benefits and relocation package

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