Director, Patents

Seattle, South San Francisco, CA, United States
Oct 22, 2020
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Sana Biotechnology is looking to expand our team with hard-working individuals who believe in the potential of cells as engineered medicines, have the vision to do creative things, and the determination to execute that vision.

This full-time position in the legal department at Sana Biotechnology will be responsible for implementing the company's patent strategy, as well as counseling clients, managing patent drafting, prosecution and disputes, conducting patent landscape activities, supporting licensing and other business transactions, and reviewing publications.

The Director, Patents will be an integral working partner with the company's research and development organization, strategic business units, and corporate counsel.

  • Participate in design and implement strategies for optimizing patent and regulatory exclusivity for cell and gene therapy products and technologies, including claim drafting
  • Partner with research and development and collaborators to identify patentable subject matter and implement patent protection strategies for that subject matter
  • Conduct and manage patent landscape overviews, freedom-to-operate analyses, validity assessments and patentability assessments, and communicate the results and analyses to other members of the legal department and other company senior management personnel
  • Support due diligence projects, agreements and transactional work, administrative initiatives and policy questions, as needs arise
  • Provide support for third party IP issues, as needs arise (e.g., oppositions, third party observations, inter partes reviews, litigation, etc.)
  • Manage external relationships with outisde counsel and collaborators
  • Work on additional legal projects, as needed


Required Qualifications
  • Bachelor's and J.D. degrees;
  • Membership in at least one state bar;
  • Admitted to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office;
  • 10+ years combined education and relevant intellectual property experience with in-depth early training in the biotechnology or pharmaceutical industry;
  • Experience in patent drafting and prosecution, landscape analysis, litigation and dispute management, licensing, and other complex business transactions;
  • Experience effectively managing high volume intellectual property workflow;
  • Intense commitment to high moral standards and business ethics;
  • Personable collaborator who can work successfully and build relationships with internal stakeholders and external parties to achieve business goals;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, articulate, direct and forthright;
  • Strategic thinker with a broad perspective, and an analytical thinker with enough creativity to synthesize new solutions to old problems;
  • Strong organizational and administrative skills;
  • Demonstrated ability to live Sana core values;
  • Must have attention to detail and excellent drafting skills; and
  • Strong ability to adapt to changes and to be agile.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Ph.D. degree in biology, immunology, biochemistry, or another technical field relevant to the biotech industry;
  • Experience managing intellectual property for cellular and gene therapies; and
  • Experience both in the law firm and in-house legal department settings.