Patent Attorney/Agent

Cambridge, MA, United States
Sep 20, 2018
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time
Job Description

The Company:

bluebird bio is a clinical-stage biotech company focused on developing and delivering the most advanced gene therapy based-products as a one-time treatment option for patients with severe genetic and rare diseases and cancer. We are leading the gene therapy revolution. Our integrated product platforms encompass gene therapy, cancer immunotherapy and gene editing - providing us with the potential to treat, and hopefully cure, a broad range of serious diseases. For more information, please visit

The Position

bluebird bio is seeking a biotech Patent Agent/Patent Attorney with 3+ years of experience to join its colorful and cooperative Legal team. Reporting to the Director, IP Counsel, this person will directly support all of bluebird bio's integrated product platforms. The successful candidate will directly work on a broad range of global patent preparation & prosecution matters in a fast-paced environment to build and maintain a strong intellectual property portfolio in support of the company's development and commercialization efforts. In addition, the successful candidate will provide diligence and litigation support as needed. The successful candidate should have meaningful patent drafting and prosecution experience in the fields of gene therapy, immunotherapy, and gene editing technologies and significant research or technical experience in these fields.

Primary Responsibilities Include
  • Identify patentable inventions through frequent interactions with internal R&D project teams, and facilitate the creation of appropriate patent protection strategies and execute on those strategies with guidance as needed
  • Interact and instruct outside counsel on patent filing and prosecution matters
  • Interact and instruct foreign agents on patent filing and prosecution matters
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications directly with the USPTO
  • Review proposed publications and presentations for potential impact on patent portfolio
  • Support the provision of patentability and FTO opinions for R&D pipeline programs and Business Development opportunities

Education And Skills Requirements
  • Superior academic credentials from well-regarded institutions
  • D. in Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology preferred; BS/MS degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Molecular Biology, Immunology with substantial relevant research experience will be considered
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Admitted to practice before at least one state bar for attorney position
  • 3+ years of demonstrated experience in prosecuting and preparing technically relevant patent applications at a highly regarded law firm, corporate legal department or university tech transfer office is preferred or equivalent experience. Preference may be given to candidates that have practiced patent law at a highly-regarded law firm and in a corporate legal department or tech transfer office. In addition, ideal candidates will have significant research or technical experience in gene therapy, immunology, and gene editing fields.
  • Preparation and prosecution experience with both US and various foreign patent offices and patent practices are preferred
  • Strong oral and written communication skills are essential; should be proficient in MS Office suite;
  • Demonstrated interpersonal interaction skills;
  • Strong analytical thinking and attention to detail;
  • Strong organizational and prioritization skills; should be a self-starter; should be able to effectively handle multiple matters simultaneously, and should be adept at adjusting priorities when required