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Patent Agent/Patent Attorney



Foster City, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, March 6, 2024

We’re a well-funded start-up. You’ll get a chance to wear many hats, be a part of a growing team, and have the potential for exciting financial and career growth.

Here’s what sets us apart. We’ve set our sights on some of the biggest challenges facing biology today. We’re amassing a world class team of engineers, scientists, team builders and problem solvers to tackle these challenges heads-on. We’re passionate about developing the next generation technologies that will unravel the complexities of biology.

This is a unique opportunity to build, be part of an exciting start-up and be surrounded by good humans who are super capable, humble and down-to- earth.

The Patent Agent/Patent Attorney (exact level TBD) will report to our Head of Intellectual Property and will be responsible for monitoring technical team activities, harvesting inventions, and drafting patent applications to protect our innovative inventions, technologies, and products. This is a critical role that will contribute to the long-term success and competitive advantage of our company. The job duties include:

  • Conducting patent preparation and prosecution activities for protecting commercially relevant products including:
    • Interacting with R&D across all levels to identify patentable inventions for filing patents.
    • Communicating with R&D to draft patent applications and provide guidance on the content of the patent application.
    • Maintaining internal dockets of applications and office actions.
    • Interfacing with outside patent attorneys (e.g. foreign filings, patent preparation not handled in-house, responding to office actions, reviewing invoices).
    • Participating and/or conducting brainstorming sessions.
  • Assisting with freedom-to-operate studies.
  • Training staff on basic IP fundamentals and growing the ideation infrastructure for the technical teams to enhance the flow of ideas into the patenting pipeline.
  • Communicating risks, opportunities, and insights to technical teams and leadership.
  • Ability to travel up to 5% of working time away from work location, may include overnight/weekend travel at times.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in molecular biology or other life sciences field.
  • Experience working at a life sciences tools, medical devices or biotechnology company.

Role Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in a biotech-related discipline, such as cell or molecular biology, genomics, microbiology, immunology, biochemistry, or a related field. Advanced degree preferred.
  • 4+ years of IP experience as a licensed patent agent at a law firm or corporate setting (preferably both) within the life sciences industry.
  • Strong ability to collaborate and communicate across all departments of the organization.
  • Proven track record of building a meaningful IP portfolio, resulting in valuable patents.
  • USPTO Patent registration.
  • Intellectual curiosity with a willingness to work in a multidisciplinary environment and a strong aptitude for learning new technology areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform the Essential Duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodations.

We provide competitive total compensation packages, including base pay, benefits, and equity. In California, the estimated base salary range for this position is $170,000 - $230,000/year. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training.

What you can expect from us:

You’ll feel the energy when you walk in our door – we work hard, we have fun and we have ambitious plans to grow. Cellanome offers a comprehensive employment package that includes a competitive salary, generous stock options, great individual, and family health plans, a 401(k) and flexibility to balance work and life.

We embrace and celebrate the diversity of our employees. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital or parental status, disability, veteran status, or other class protected by applicable law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity workplace.

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.