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Description: Patent Prosecution Spec.Counsel/Life Sciences

Position: Special Counsel

Notes: We are working exclusively on a unique opportunity that reports directly to two IP partners within an Am Law 100 Firm in Washington, D.C. who oversee a group of highly sophisticated clients that make up a substantial patent prosecution book of business ($5-6M). This Special Counsel role is not partner track but offers autonomy and management over 7-8 reports who will provide all of the prosecution and drafting work for the group. This role has come about as the result of a retirement and subsequent promotion within the group. The group believes in optimal working conditions and the position can have flexible work arrangements i.e. flex time and/or a reduced work schedule. You will not be doing prosecution or application drafting � but must have deep knowledge and experience in same.

The Special Counsel will not only provide strategic advice and counsel on development of clients' patent assets, but also have input into some corporate IP transactions (due diligence, opinion work). The person best suited for this role will have a minimum of 8-10 years' experience and possess a Ph.D. in biochemistry, pharma or organic chemistry. They may also consider a MS degree if there is also deep experience at a firm or in-house.

The ideal candidate must have expertise within the pharma-chemistry field, and also be able to work within all life sciences technologies. Must be able to analyze scientific papers, patent references, MPEP and case law; able to present ideas, legal and scientific reasoning and conclusions in verbal and written form; and more specifically, have a strong ability to present scientific concepts, analysis/reasoning and conclusions to wide audiences, including scientists and non-scientists. Managing, training and mentoring associates and patent agents are part of the responsibilities of this Special Counsel, as well as some litigation support.

This firm has nearly 500 attorneys in seven US locations and one abroad. Clients include entrepreneurs, research scientists, investors, underwriters, directors and officers in start-ups and emerging growth companies, privately held and family businesses, F 500 companies, medical and academic institutions, public agencies and industry associations.

Years Experience: (8 - 15)

Specialty: Biochemistry, Biopharmaceuticals, Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceuticals, Small Molecules

Bar Requirements: District of Columbia, USPTO


Location: USA - DC - Washington

Date Opened: 06/05/2018

Code: 4503170

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