Washington University's Office of Technology Management has need for a life sciences patent agent whose primary focus will be drafting patent applications for the medical school. Responsibilities include:
- Drafting and filing provisional patent applications to protect the intellectual property of the University, working closely with the Office of General Counsel to protect University innovations
- Evaluating invention disclosures, attending technology review meetings, acquiring information from inventors to draft patent applications, and reviewing drafts with inventors
- Conducting prior art searches
- Communicating with the licensing team around findings on prior art searches and strategizing on protection options, including possible claims
- Working with licensing team and the Office of General Counsel to present and explain prior art findings to inventors
- Working with docketing clerks to ensure that detailed patent information is captured for office records
Minimum Requirements: Education includes MS or PhD in the life/biological science, medicine, and/or biomedical engineering, plus 3 years of experience in a law firm or in-house patent department drafting patent applications and managing patent prosecution.
Preferred Experience: The preferred candidate will have at least 3 years of patent prosecution experience. The preferred candidate will also have an understanding of university technology transfer practices.
Critical Skills and Expertise: Must be able to assess the potential for a nascent technology in the commercial arena and be able to draft patent claims and specifications around early stage technology. The Patent Agent must have excellent communication skills and be able to prioritize and manage the assigned cases load. Exceptional and demonstrated ability to provide superior customer service to internal clients is also required.
Required Registration: The Patent Agent must be registered with the USPTO.
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