Chemical Patent Attorney/Agent – Law Firm – Des Moines, IA / Hybrid

McKee Voorhees & Sease is seeking a licensed Patent Attorney/Agent to join the firm’s expanding Chemical and Biotechnology practice group. Preference for candidates with hybrid work arrangements based out of Des Moines, IA. Remote work arrangements considered for ideal candidates.

An undergraduate degree or an advanced degree in chemistry or chemical engineering with excellent academic credentials is required. All candidates must be licensed to practice before the USPTO. Candidates with at least 1 year experience prosecuting patents in the chemical arts are preferred. The ideal candidate has significant experience with patent prosecution, including responding to U.S. office actions and preference for experience with specification drafting.

Successful candidates will work with senior associates/patent agents, partners and directly with clients in all phases of patent prosecution, including patent preparation, prosecution, and international portfolio management. Self-motivated candidates with attention to detail and love of science will feel at home with the firm’s Chemical and Biotechnology practice group, providing an engaging, close-knit group of professionals providing clients superior legal services. If you want work with a collaborative group of professionals committed to professional development of all members, including new attorneys/agents, this position will be a great fit. This position provides a unique opportunity to work on U.S. and international patent prosecution strategies starting day one!

Competitive compensation and benefits packages available. Opportunity for advancement is available and well supported. Partnership and non-partnership tracks available with the firm. Diverse candidates encouraged to apply as the firm is committed to improving team diversity to better serve our clients.

McKee, Voorhees & Sease, a boutique IP firm established in 1924, specializes in serving clients at the intersection of science and law. Based in the Midwest with a strong work ethic and global reach, the firm serves clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies to universities around the world. MVS Chemical and Biotechnology practice group’s specialized training, industry knowledge, and technical experience helps clients all over the world effectively protect their inventions. Learn more at

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To apply, please send your CV, professional reference(s), and links to at least two published patent applications or issued patents with comment on role in drafting and/or prosecution (or technical writing sample) to Please mention where you found the position posting with your submission.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Law Firm
Job Location: Des Moines, IA / Hybrid