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Patent Agent - Life Sciences

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, one of the world’s leading global law firms with more than 4,000 lawyers and staff in 30 offices, is seeking to hire a Patent Agent for the IP-Life Sciences Practice Group. This position may reside in any of our Boston, Washington or Chicago offices.

The Intellectual Property Practice Group has a law school tuition reimbursement program to provide financial assistance to eligible employees in the practice group who are enrolled in and satisfactorily complete courses of study toward being awarded a Juris Doctorate degree from accredited law schools.

Morgan Lewis is a leading choice for businesses seeking protection of valuable Intellectual Property rights. The firm has more than 150 intellectual property professionals and technical specialists. 
The Patent Agent is supervised by the local Intellectual Property Practice Group Leader, but will have daily contact with, and receive guidance from, all of the partners in the practice group for whom this individual provides support.

  • Preparing, filing and prosecuting patent applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office
  • Performing prior art searches and analysis
  • Patentability analysis
  • Engage in practice development activities to build and maintain client relationships
  • Prepare substantive client correspondence
  • Instruct local counsel for foreign filings and Office Actions
  • Assist in patent clearance studies and other patent-related opinion projects
  • Ability to apply advanced concepts in any life sciences field, with particular emphasis and/or expertise in molecular biology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry
  • Study and analyze scientific or technical documents, including previously published patent documents, to assess patentability, novelty and inventiveness
  • Draft new patent applications
  • Convert prior provisional applications into utility applications
  • Convert foreign filed applications into U.S. applications
  • Convert U.S. applications into foreign applications

Education and experience:
  • An advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in a biological field, including for example Biochemistry or Molecular Biology, with excellent academic credentials
  • At least one year of experience as a practicing patent agent in the field of life sciences
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Excellent writing and research abilities are a must, as well as proficiency in written and verbal communication, and strong organizational skills