Patent Attorney – Large Corporation – Seattle, Wash.

Gilead Gilead seeks a patent attorney to work in Seattle, Washington. The Patent Attorney will be responsible for drafting and managing global patent portfolios directed to Gilead's respiratory therapeutic area based in Seattle, WA. In addition to working on all aspects of patent prosecution, including drafting patent applications and responding to Office Actions, the position will work closely with business and R&D colleagues to monitor the progress of Gilead's in-house research, evaluate freedom to operate with respect to third party patent rights, evaluate potential in-licensing or acquisition opportunities and advise research groups on a variety of IP issues, including assessment of third party patent rights.

This is a senior level position that provides the successful candidate with the opportunity to work on a wide range of IP issues in a growth-oriented pharmaceutical company.


• Draft responses to US and foreign office actions

• Collaborate with outside US and foreign patent counsel handling patent prosecution matters including appeals

• Maintain a detailed understanding of products and technical developments through relationships within the Company and professional growth and development via seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations

• Conduct patentability reviews

• Conduct freedom-to-operate reviews

• Review and assist in drafting, nondisclosure, research, license and other agreements involving the use, transfer, or ownership of IP

• Counsel scientists and management regarding IP portfolio and strategy

• Provide IP support for in-licensing and acquisitions

• Manage patent portfolios in collaborative relationships 


Juris Doctorate, admitted to at least one State Bar, and registered to practice before the USPTO.
Bachelors/MSc degree in chemistry, or a chemistry-related subject such as medicinal chemistry; a Ph.D. and other academics will be considered.
We expect a minimum 8 years total experience, 5 years of biological/chemical/ pharmaceutical patent prosecution experience, and 3 years of experience working in-house in the patent department of a pharmaceutical company.
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills are essential, including the ability to fluently speak, write and understand English. The successful candidate will be given considerable responsibility, and the ability to work independently is essential.

To apply, contact Terry Page at

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Large Corporation
Job Location: Seattle, Washington