Senior Patent Agent / Patent Agent – Small Corporation – Rockville, Md.

macrogenicsMacroGenics is a leader in the discovery and development of innovative medicines that utilize our next generation antibody-based technologies.  Our team of 300+ dedicated individuals is advancing a pipeline of product candidates to treat patients with cancer as well as various autoimmune disorders and infectious diseases.  Our products and platforms have attracted multiple partnerships with leading pharmaceutical companies around the globe.

The Company considers its employees to be its most valuable asset and we are committed to providing opportunities for individuals to learn and grow as a means to further their professional development. MacroGenics' corporate culture promotes an atmosphere of innovation, open communication and teamwork where employees can see firsthand how they contribute to the success of the organization.

Summary of Position:

The Sr. Patent Agent/Patent Agent is responsible for identifying, supporting, and protecting the company’s intellectual property efforts, particularly with respect to patent portfolio preparation, invention harvesting, patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio development and management, and due diligence in technology acquisition.  Agent also actively participates in engaging and representing to the business the Intellectual Property legal position on opportunities that arise from the patent work.

Responsibilities and Job Duties:

  • Contributes to intellectual property strategies for the organization and related intellectual property counseling. Participates in strategic development of Intercept patent portfolios, including formulating patent strategies and pharmaceutical lifecycle management.
  • Conducts patentability research and freedom-to-operate searches, and assessments relating to MacroGenics’ inventions and research activities Partners with Research group to identify and capture patentable inventions and provides patent counseling where appropriate to maximize business decisions.
  • Assists in the preparation, filing and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications.  Processes invention assignments, declarations, assignments and information disclosure statements.
  • Monitors and analyzes competitive intellectual property, managing IP collaboration, litigation support and IP-related transactional work and communicate relevant information to the Business Development team or other relevant team members.
  • Reviews draft scientific publications to ensure effective invention capture and protection of corporate IP assets.
  • Supports due diligence activities of potential business development transactions and provide recommendations and risk assessments as needed. Proactively provides IP perspective to key internal decision-makers.
  • Works with collaboration partners on management and resolution of issues relating to collaboration-related IP to protect corporate IP assets and ensure strong alliance management related to IP issues.
  • Reviews abstracts, posters and publications prepared by the Company’s research and development teams prior to submission.
  • Prepares and supports the prosecution of worldwide patent applications relating to MacroGenics’ inventions. Assist in opposition, interference, litigation matters and other IP-related disputes.
  • Other duties as assigned

Additional Responsibilities and Job Duties at Senior Level:

  • Develops system to identify and capture value from intellectual property and make recommendations and proposals to senior management.
  • Analyzes and reviews IP provisions in licensing arrangements and other IP-related contractual matters.


Education & Credentials

  • Ph.D. in a relevant field (biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, or the like)
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


Sr. Patent Agent

  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience in handling intellectual property matters related to drug development of biologics and protein engineering and manufacturing
  • Prior experience writing patent applications and assisting in the development of IP strategy

Patent Agent

  • A minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience in handling intellectual property matters related to drug development of biologics and protein engineering and manufacturing
  • Prior experience writing patent applications and assisting in the development of IP strategy

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of USPTO and WIPO rules and procedures
  • Willingness and commitment to keep abreast of changes in PTO rules and procedures
  • Ability to act independently to determine methods and procedures on new assignments
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills and attention to detail
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to influence and work effectively with varied audiences

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous experience in-house in a biopharmaceutical company preferred
  • Previous law firm experience is a plus

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: Rockville, Maryland