Senior Patent Agent – Corporation – San Jose, CA (hybrid)

Takara Bio USA, Inc., a small corporation, is seeking a Senior Patent Agent to work in San Jose, CA

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Primary responsibility for managing communications with outside counsel; taking the lead in providing guidance to counsel on the preparation and prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications so as to best match claims to our products and strategy.
  • Works with R&D to assess patentability of new inventions; assist in drafting and reviewing related invention disclosures and drafting provisional patent applications.
  • Review and prepare freedom-to-operate opinions on 3rd party IP in collaboration with outside counsel, as necessary. Undertakes proactive reviews, where necessary.
  • Responsible for assigning products to relevant licenses for royalty reporting purposes.
  • Actively guide senior management in evaluating licensing and business transactions based on review of relevant IP.
  • Proposes strategies for developing the Company’s patent portfolio based on strong understanding of the Company’s technologies and those of its competitors.
  • Provide periodic training to Company employees regarding the protection of intellectual property.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant laws, regulations or statutes affecting the Company’s intellectual property.
  • Proposes IP expenditure budgets, based on agreed strategy. Assist in managing expenses to budget.
  • This position may have supervisory responsibilities.A Ph.D. in a life-science discipline required; molecular biology and NGS experience preferred.
  • Must be a USPTO registered Patent Agent.
  • A minimum of 6 years’ experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications and conducting patentability and freedom-to-operate searches both at a law firm and within a company environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead IP reviews with key internal stakeholders.
  • Ability to suggest strategies for internal IP based on understanding of external IP and company’s technology position in the market.
  • Skilled in preparing, filing, and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications.
  • Strong advocacy skills in connection with patent prosecution.
  • Proven ability to handle multiple projects and effectively manage priorities so as to meet tight deadlines.
  • Independent and self-motivated, with a strong sense of urgency and ability to drive a project to completion.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills – must be able to communicate clearly both within the organization and externally to drive projects forward.
  • Highly effective analytical and problem-solving skills, including excellent attention to detail.
  • Collaborative personality with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Must be fluent in written and spoken English.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Excel and Word.

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Additional Info
Employer Type: Small Corporation
Job Location: San Jose, CA (hybrid)