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Description: Patent Prosecution/Pharma/Chemistry

Position: Associate

Notes: We've just completed a placement at an up and coming DC/N.VA IP boutique that has now asked us to repeat the process albeit for an associate with a different background that will be focused on a different discipline.

Work is mainly preparation and prosecution of patents in the areas of chemisty (organic and inorganic) and pharmaceuticals. You will interface with foreign inventors and IP counsel to obtain US patents for our U.S. and foreign based clients. Portable business is not required as work is plentiful and long term. Ideally, you should possess strong client communication and development skills with the desire and ability to take a lead role in managing and growing client accounts.

Must have a 3-5 years of experience along with a B.S. in chemistry, biochemisty, chemical engineering, or materials science.

Duties may also include infringement analysis, validity analysis, re-examination and reissue request drafting, IP licensing, IP due diligence, and assistance with marketing and client development efforts. In addition, duties may include occasionally supporting the firm's commercial litigation practice in the litigation of IP matters, including the drafting of pleadings, discovery requests, motions, briefs, reports, etc.

The firm offers a unique compensation structure which provides a generous base salary with an expectation of 1550 minimum billable hours per year. For those who generate over 1550 billable hours per year, they offer a formula-based bonus for each billed hour over 1550 hours. Total compensation is based on productivity and billable hours and is projected to be similar to that of large law firms for candidates interested in billing large law firm hours although that is not a mandatory expectation.

This is a professional, relaxed, supportive office environment, casual dress, flexible work hours, with a low minimum billable hours requirement, free parking and comprehensive benefits including paid vacation, health and disability insurance, 401(k), profit sharing, et cetera.

Years Experience: (3 - 5)

Specialty: Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Material Sciences

Bar Requirements: USPTO


Location: USA - VA - Reston

Date Opened: 02/13/2020

Code: 4506633

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IP Associate - DC