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Patent Agent (Biotech)

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

San Diego, California 92130
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Pillsbury is a full–service law firm with a keen industry focus on energy and natural resources, financial series, real estate & construction, and technology. Based in the world’s major financial, technology and energy centers, Pillsbury counsels clients on global, regulatory, litigation and corporate matters. We work in multidisciplinary teams that allow us to anticipate trends and bring a 360-degree perspective to complex business and legal issues – helping clients take greater advantage of new opportunities and better mitigation risk.  This collaborative work style helps produce the results our clients seek.




The San Diego North office is recruiting for a patent agent with a Ph.D. in the biotech field and a minimum of two years of patent prosecution experience. The primary responsibilities include drafting patent applications including specifications and claims in clear concise English, conduct interviews with clients to obtain invention disclosures, review and analyze patent file histories, and database searching and research in connection with IP diligence. This position will also be responsible for analyzing Patent Office actions and preparing responses thereto, as well as conducting examiner interviews.




The successful candidate should be able to effectively manage a docket with multiple clients and deadlines, conduct legal and technical research and analysis in support of various patent-related matters and work closely with attorneys, other agents and staff. This position has a billable goal.

The ideal candidate will be articulate, highly motivated and have at least 2 years patent prosecution experience, preferably at a law firm. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D. in biological sciences, preferably immunology, virology, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, or genetics, and be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. JDs with the same experience and technical background will be considered on a non-partnership track basis. Excellent academic performance is highly valued.




Pillsbury is an equal opportunity employer.


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