1+ months

Senior Patent Agent

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Los Angeles, CA 90012

Orrick currently has an excellent opportunity for Senior Patent Agent within the Life Sciences practice in our Intellectual Property Group.  This position could be located in any of our US offices.

Our Patent Agents are staffed as an integral part of our client facing teams. The Patent Agent is responsible for preparing patent applications for filing with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); working with inventors to evaluate the underlying technology of inventions and proving providing technical consultation on projects. A commitment to teamwork is vital.  As you gain experience and develop a greater understanding of patent prosecution work, you will be given the opportunity to advance your career. 

You will perform a wide array of tasks, including but not limited to:

  • Preparing, filing, and prosecuting patent applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office, including development and conversion of prior provisional applications into utility applications and development of continuation and divisional application strategies.
  • Applying advanced concepts in any life sciences field, with particular emphasis and/or expertise in molecular biology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry, to patent prosecution and landscape assessment matters.
  • Prosecuting U.S. applications, including developing strategies for and preparing responses to Office Actions at USPTO.
  • Instructing local counsel for foreign filings and Office Actions, including development of office action response strategies and ensuring consistency in such strategies across jurisdictions and patent families.
  • Performing prior art searches and analyses, including patentability analyses, patent clearance assessments and other patent-related opinion projects.
  • Preparing substantive client correspondence.
  • PhD in a life sciences field (preferably, molecular biology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry) from an accredited college or university
  • 7+ years’ experience as Patent Agent
  • USPTO registration required
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a forward-thinking team environment
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills required
  • Advanced computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to work well under pressure 
  • Strong time-management skills are required

Who is Orrick? Orrick is a global law firm focused on serving the technology & innovation, energy & infrastructure and finance sectors. Founded more than 150 years ago in San Francisco, Orrick today has offices in 25+ markets worldwide. We are recognized worldwide for delivering the highest-quality legal advice through our diverse teams and for our culture of innovation and collaboration.  Financial Times selected Orrick as the Most Digital Firm of 2020, and in the past five years, the Most Innovative Law Firm of the Year three times and runner-up twice. For the fifth year in a row, Fortune named Orrick to its 2020 list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For.  Learn more about our awesome employee experience here: Fortune 100 Great Place To Work certified company

Orrick offers a collaborative work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits, from wellness and mindfulness programs to social impact opportunities, professional staff affinity group communities and generous paid time off. 

Please visit www.orrick.com for more information about the firm. 

How to Apply: If you are searching for a chance to create an impact, you have a little grit and you love working with a team, we want to talk with you. To submit your resume and cover letter for this position, please visit our Staff and Paralegal Opportunities Listings at www.orrick.com/Careers

No phone calls please. 

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer

Consistent with the SF Fair Chance Ordinance, an arrest and conviction record will not automatically disqualify a qualified applicant from consideration.

Qualified applicants with criminal histories will be considered for the position in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.


Posted: 2021-09-01 Expires: 2021-11-07

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