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BioTech Patent Agent

Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

Boston, Massachusetts 02111
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BioTech Patent Agent 

We are looking for a Patent Agent with a Ph.D. in molecular biology, immunology or related areas to join our Boston office.  Ideal candidates will have a minimum of 1 or 2 years prior experience as a patent agent.  

Patent Agents work under the supervision and guidance of senior associates and partners in our Intellectual Property section and perform a variety of patent-related activities, primarily in the areas of patent prosecution, opinion drafting, freedom to operate analysis, and due diligence work.  Specific duties include the following: 

1.       Assess scientific literature, patents and patent application documents, each encompassing a variety of biology fields, including cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, crystallography, and molecular biology, and possibly materials science and multiple chemistry areas, including organic, synthetic, and physical chemistry.

2.       Understand, critique and provide insightful opinion on scientific data relating to inventions.  Conduct comprehensive search for scientific articles, patents and patent application documents relevant to the subject of an invention.  Perform in-depth analysis comparing an invention with existing discoveries or inventions.  Identify essential elements, features or components of an invention.

3.       Compose patent applications comprising a comprehensive background of the field of an invention, a description of critical features and components of the invention, and a set of claims clearly and distinctly defining the invention.

4.       Draft responses to rejection of a patent application for an invention from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and other worldwide Patent Offices, providing detailed analysis of the scientific or patent references cited in the rejection, assessing the difference between the invention and the citations, and presenting convincing arguments and reasoning why the patent application is to be allowed as a patent.

5.       Collaborate with colleagues on various projects.  Adapt effectively in different team environment.  Present ideas, reasoning and conclusions in a concise way to colleagues.  Provide insightful feedback and arguments to colleagues on their ideas.

6.       Work with clients in prosecuting patent applications.  Formulate and ask clients questions essential to clarifying the distinct features or properties of the invention.  Investigate and respond promptly to clients’ inquiries about the prosecution of patent applications.


Minimum Requirements

 1.       Ph.D. degree in molecular biology or related area.

2.       Demonstrated knowledge in the following scientific fields: biology, cell biology, cancer biology, immunology, crystallography, molecular biology.

3.       Demonstrated scientific writing ability using proper grammar and vocabulary which also includes the following skills:

  • analyzing and explaining abstract scientific concepts and terms
  • synthesizing a large amount of scientific or technological literature into a systematic and concise description of the state of the art; and
  • differentiating and describing important differences among related scientific discoveries or technological breakthroughs.

4.       Demonstrated skills verbally presenting scientific concepts, terms, and discoveries to wide audiences, including scientists and non-scientists


Mintz Levin, established in 1933, is a versatile Am Law 100 law firm with 500 lawyers serving clients worldwide. Applying a cross-disciplinary team approach, we bring attorneys from many different yet complementary areas together to address the rapidly changing legal and regulatory requirements of a wide variety of industries, including Life Sciences; Health Care; Technology; Financial Services; Energy & Sustainability; and many others. Our major practice areas include Antitrust; Bankruptcy & Restructuring; Corporate & Securities; Employment, Labor & Benefits; Environmental Law; Health Law; Intellectual Property; Litigation; Public Finance; Real Estate; and Tax. 

The firm’s eight offices are strategically located to meet the evolving needs of our clients. In addition to our seven US office locations in Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Stamford, and Washington, Mintz Levin has an office in London.

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