Job Description

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Ice Miller seeks a patent attorney or patent agent with at least 2 years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a variety of pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences matters. The patent attorney/patent agent will work on all aspects of patent practice with particular focus on preparation and prosecution of patent applications, freedom to operate and due diligence search and analysis projects. Candidates must be registered patent agents or patent attorneys and have an advanced degree in organic chemistry or biochemistry and research experience in biological sciences. They should be capable of working in a fast-paced environment with time-sensitive materials, and maintain strict confidentiality due to the nature of the position.

In this position, you will:

  • Provide technical expertise in life sciences, chemistry or pharmaceutical patent practice
  • Conduct freedom to operate and/or IP due diligence search and analysis in support of the licensing and acquisitions and/or research and development of small- and large-molecule products
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications, and help develop strong patent portfolios for drug candidates
  • Liaise with clients and foreign associates regarding the domestic and foreign patent application processes and strategies
  • Communicate with the USPTO as necessary
  • Identify and review ongoing issues that might affect the patent process
  • Help develop patent portfolios, manage the patent docket and communicate dates and ensure deadlines are met

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Ph.D. in organic chemistry or biochemistry , with research experience in biological sciences
  • Superior academic record, strong analytical and problem-solving abilities, and strong attention to detail
  • Prior experience with patents in pharmaceutical, chemical and life sciences fields
  • Current registration and in good standing with the USPTO required
  • 2+ years of experience as a patent agent or patent attorney
  • Excel in a team environment
  • Demonstrate a keen interest in developing and implementing relationship-building skills both internally and externally
  • Have prior experiences that prepare them to work with attorneys, staff and clients from cultures and backgrounds different from their own
  • Be highly motivated and a self-starter
  • Be flexible and able to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  • Have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Have excellent law school credentials (for the patent attorney position) and references

Our attorneys and patent agents enjoy:

  • Competitive salaries
  • Quality benefits programs including an annual stipend to support their interests and hobbies outside of the workplace
  • Workplace flexibility
  • One-on-One Career coaching and outstanding professional development opportunities and support

Ice Miller LLP embraces a work environment that is collaborative, welcoming, and focused on growth. To maintain our culture, we are committed to building an inclusive workplace where talented attorneys from all backgrounds serve our clients, focus on professional development, and perform to their highest potential. With over 350 lawyers in offices located in Baltimore, Columbus, Chicago, DuPage County, Illinois, New York, Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., our attorneys and professional staff are among the most talented in the country. Ice Miller is an Equal Opportunity Employer and certified under The Diversity Lab’s Mansfield Rule 5.0.


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