Patent Agent/Technical Specialist

February 14, 2023
Application ends: May 18, 2026
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Job Description

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C. is seeking a Patent Agent or Patent Technical Specialists to join our Washington, DC office. Two to three years’ patent work experience is preferred. Both positions will work with the chemical and biotechnology patent prosecution team and the job responsibilities will involve U.S. and foreign patent prosecution practice, including preparation of patent applications, office action responses, and patentability search reports. Both positions will also provide opportunities to assist on freedom-to-operate, patentability, and inventorship opinions, to work on post-issuance practice projects, and to provide litigation support.

These positions will be involved in telephonic, e-mail and in-person meetings with many prestigious clients which include international pharmaceutical companies, mid-size biotechnology companies, emerging companies and major research institutions. Other responsibilities include reviewing invention disclosures and participating in discussions with inventors to understand their new inventions; searching literature and patent databases to determine the patentability of inventions; drafting written assessments of the prospects of obtaining patent protection; writing patent applications; preparing responses to communications from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; developing arguments for patentability to Patent Office Examiners; and reviewing patents as part of the IP due diligence for a potential acquisition or merger. Ideal candidates will have a Ph.D. or Master’s Degree in Immunology, Molecular Biology or Biochemistry and will have superior academic credentials and very strong writing skills and oral communication skills.

We are especially looking for candidates who are creative, mature and inquisitive, and who will thrive on the excitement of joining a growing IP practice and working with a group who is passionate about furthering the success of our clients and the Firm and working together as a team. We seek candidates with a strong work ethic paired with the ability to juggle multiple job responsibilities and the interpersonal skills necessary to work effectively with business leaders, attorneys, scientists, engineers, inventors, and patent examiners.

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