Counsel, Intellectual Property

Oct 24, 2020
Required Education
Position Type
Full time
Secures and maintains patent applications to protect the Company's inventions, reviews prior art and other patents in connection with opinions, ensures protection of the Company's trade secrets, drafts and reviews development and commercialization agreements concerning intellectual property, performs intellectual property due diligence, reviews proposed Company publications.

Good things are happening at Omeros!

Come join our Omeros Patent Legal Team!

Who is Omeros?

True innovation requires the right people, and that's what we have at Omeros - smart, hard-working and creative individuals who collaborate and drive to achieve what has not yet been done. We see strength in diversity - diversity in thought, expertise and experience.

We have taken a similar approach in structuring our company. While many bio-techs pursue a single therapeutic area or scientific platform, we are strategically building a deep and diverse pipeline of first-in-class small-molecule and antibody therapeutics. The strength of our scientific discoveries and exclusive intellectual property positions enable our pipeline programs to target highly promising receptors and enzymes that others have not been able to develop.

Although cutting across a wide and diverse range of disorders and therapeutic indications - some orphan, others large-market and many for which there are no approved treatments - all of our drugs on the market and in development target critical unmet needs to improve the lives of patients in meaningful ways.

What are your job responsibilities?

  • Participate in teams with Company research and development personnel to identify and evaluate corporate inventions for patentability, including medicinal chemical and biotechnology inventions, and determine optimal strategy for protection
  • Prepare and prosecute patent applications
  • Review proposed Company presentations, publications and releases to ensure intellectual property rights are not jeopardized
  • Evaluate Company research and development activities and third-party patents with respect to freedom to operate
  • Review, search and complete due diligence evaluation of acquisition or licensing opportunities
  • Prepares legal opinions and analyses of patents
  • Draft agreements or portions of agreements pertaining to intellectual property, including research agreements, commercialization agreements, and licenses
  • Reviews significant corporate legal documents
  • Provides other general legal advice and represents the company in matters relating to intellectual property law
  • A PhD in a relevant biology or chemistry field, or equivalent combination of
education and scientific experience, with knowledge and understanding of biotechnology required and medicinal chemistry preferred

  • Juris doctorate (JD Degree)
  • Admitted to practice law in at least one state required, with admission in Washington State preferred
  • Admission to practice in front of the USPTO
  • A minimum of 5 years of related patent preparation and prosecution experience in a law firm, corporation and/or USPTO is required; a total of 8 years of patent experience preferred
  • Ability to understand the science related to the Company's biopharmaceutical research and development programs and to interact as a scientific peer with research and development team members
  • Must have strong English grammar and usage skills, including in verbal and written communications
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of basic computer applications used in general office settings, including word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation software and Internet search engines
  • Must display strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Must have the ability to build and maintain positive relationships with management, peers, and subordinates
  • Attention to detail required
  • Intermittent physical activity including bending, reaching, pushing, pulling, or lifting up to 40 lbs.
  • May encounter prolonged periods of sitting
  • The employee is occasionally required to travel overnight
If you have the experience, skills and knowledge we are seeking, we'd love to hear from you! This is an exciting opportunity for the right person!

Omeros is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, marital status, or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.

It is our policy to provide reasonable accommodation to anyone with a disability who needs assistance completing the job application process. If you need assistance, you can either send an e-mail to or contact Omeros, asking for Human Resources, at (206) 676-5000