• Intellectual Property Counsel – Prosecution

    Location US-MA-Brookline
    Job Posted Date 3 months ago(12/2/2019 12:20 PM)
    Job ID
    full time
    Location : Address
    10 Brookline Place West
    Location : City
  • Overview

    The Office of General Counsel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute seeks an attorney to join the team as an Intellectual Property Counsel.  The Office of General Counsel is a full-service law department consisting of 9 attorneys serving the Institute and its affiliates.  The ideal candidate should have approximately 4+ years of experience in life science-focused patent counseling and prosecution practice.  The Intellectual Property Counsel will work both in support of more senior attorneys and independently to provide intellectual property counseling and portfolio management services to the Institute.


    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS, and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, Dana-Farber provides compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; conducts research that advances treatment; educates tomorrow's physician/researchers; and reaches out to underserved members of our community.  Dana-Farber collaborates with research and clinical partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    The Intellectual Property Counsel will work collaboratively with and in support of the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and other senior attorneys in the Office of General Counsel.  Extensive interaction required with senior administrative, research, and medical staff throughout the Institute and with outside companies and outside counsel.

    • Review intellectual property disclosures and interviewing participants
    • Conduct prior art searches and analyzing patent and scientific papers and documents
    • Render legal opinions with respect to patentability, validity, and freedom to operate
    • Formulate publication and patent strategies
    • Prepare and file emergency provisional patent applications
    • Advise internal clients on patent filing, prosecution, maintenance, and defense
    • Instruct and supervise international patent preparation and prosecution
    • Understand assignment obligations and supervising assignment recordation
    • Conduct due diligence assessments and providing intellectual property support for transactional projects
    • Perform timely review of publication and Freedom of Information Act requests
    • Build and manage external relationships with outside counsel and collaborators


    • Supervise Patent Technology Specialists and support staff


    • J.D. required
    • 4+ years of relevant experience required, preferably in a law firm or corporate setting
    • Broad scientific knowledge in chemistry, biotechnology, or a related field required
    • Must be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent Office  

    • Computer skills needed include Microsoft Office (Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Excel)


    • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
    • Excellent attention to detail and research abilities
    • Exceptional organization skills and ability to prioritize tasks
    • Strong client service skills and professionalism
    • Discretion, diplomacy, and good judgment

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.




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