Mintz Levin Is Hiring a Patent Agent with a PhD in Biological Sciences in San Francisco Office

By JobOrtunities Help Wanted
September 13, 2020

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo is looking for a Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in the biological sciences to join their San Francisco office. Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 5 years of experience.  Patent Agents work under the supervision and guidance of partners in our Intellectual Property section and perform a variety of patent-related activities, primarily in the areas of patent prosecution, freedom to operate analysis, and due diligence work.


Specific duties include the following: Work with clients on innovative and cutting-edge biotechnology to procure patent protection and build IP portfolios.

  • Work with scientists and/or inventors to draft patent applications.
  • Draft Office Action responses and prosecute patent applications.
  • Manage IP portfolios and coordinate worldwide prosecution with foreign associates in various foreign jurisdictions.
  • Assess scientific literature, patents and patent application documents in a variety of biology fields.
  • Assist with IP diligence on biotech initial public offerings (IPO) and other capital markets transactions.
  • Work with venture capitalists on IP diligence for potential investments.
  • Work on IP landscapes to identify third-party patents and patent applications.

Qualifications Required:

  • Ph.D. degree in the biological life science areas (bioinformatics, data science and machine learning are a plus but not required)
  • 5+ years of patent prosecution experience preferred.
  • Ability to analyze scientific papers and/or patent references and present ideas, legal and scientific reasoning and conclusions in both verbal and written format.
  • Demonstrate skills to present scientific concepts, analysis/reasoning, and conclusions to wide audiences, including scientists and non-scientists.
  • Ability to multi-task by working with different clients and different projects.
  • Collaborate with colleagues on various projects. Adapt effectively in different team environments.

Interested Candidates:

Interested Candidates are asked to submit a Resume, Cover Letter, Writing Sample(s), Transcript(s) when they APPLY ONLINE 

About Mintz:

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. is a general practice, full service Am Law 100 law firm employing approximately 500 attorneys serving clients worldwide. We are headquartered at One Financial Center in Boston’s Financial District and have additional US offices in Los Angeles, New York City, San Diego, San Francisco, and Washington, DC, as well as an office in London and a strong international practice.

Mintz was founded in 1933 by Haskell Cohn and Benjamin Levin. The firm’s Managing Member is Robert I. Bodian. Our collaborative attorneys work within four core practice areas — Transactional, Intellectual Property, Litigation & Investigations, and Regulatory & Advisory – and combine legal, business, and industry insight to provide exceptional legal strategies for clients in a variety of industries.

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