Patent Paralegal

Brisbane, CA
Mar 19, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Bachelors Degree
Position Type
Full time

Manager: Director, Intellectual Property
Department: Legal
Location: Richmond, CA or Brisbane, CA

Sangamo Therapeutics is a genomic medicine company building value with cutting-edge work across four distinct but complementary technology platforms – gene therapy, cell therapy, in vivo genome editing, and in vivo genome regulation. At Sangamo, we are passionate in developing genomic medicines to transform the lives of patients with serious diseases. We transform lives by building a robust, sustainable, differentiated, innovative, and high value genomic medicine pipeline that addresses patients with life-limiting conditions. Sangamo takes pride in being the first to edit endogenous human genes, first to treat patients with gene edited T cells, and first to treat patients with in vivo genome editing. Our top priority is to meet the needs of patients with commitment and compassion. Along with our commitment to science and to our patients, we also endeavor to create an inclusive environment that promotes and values diversity. Sangamo is a company where individuals can flourish, grow and develop their expertise.

We are seeking top talent to join our mission. Let’s build a better future together.

Sangamo Therapeutics is seeking a dynamic patent paralegal to coordinate and manage intellectual property-related activities essential for securing patent and trademark rights in the US and abroad.


  • Maintains electronic patent and trademark databases (Computer Packages Inc. (CPI)), including entering new patent data, performing analysis of reports from patent database, identifying gaps and errors in patent database, and resolving gaps and errors.
  • Monitors IP deadlines and generates docket reports for attorneys and patent status requests for various business partners.
  • Independently retrieves information necessary to support business needs from patent database or outside counsel and staff, when necessary.  
  • Generates polished IP data reports that are used to make patent portfolio decisions which can include potential applications for filing, convention and national phase dates, European validations and annuity/maintenance information and occasionally prepares IP PowerPoint presentations for cross functional IP meetings.
  • Manages invention disclosure intake and assigns invention disclosures to the appropriate attorney within CPI.
  • Manages annuities and maintenance fee schedules and payments within CPI.
  • Maintains electronic patent, trademark, and copyright files in Box Document Management System.
  • Develops new and follows established departmental guidelines and works efficiently in relevant internal and external systems and databases.
  • Processes incoming email communications in a timely manner to effectively maintain and keep patent database and electronic files current.
  • Works independently with external counsel and staff and internal business partners to secure formal documents to meet obligations for patentability and enforcement, and trademark registration, including assignments, patent declarations, and powers of attorney.
  • May, on occasion, be asked to prepare and electronically file legal documents such as formal documents. When necessary, communicates directly with USPTO to address any procedural matters.
  • Serves as an integral part of the patent team within the legal group by communicating effectively with internal business partners and external counsel and staff to obtain or provide information needed for legal purposes, including the filing of formal documents.
  • Manages laboratory notebook requests and offboarding IP procedures.
  • Identifies and performs independent analysis of unique problems and proposes solutions to meet business needs.
  • Independently resolves routine legal matters in area of responsibility with minimal supervision.


  • Bachelors Degree or Associates Degree, with relevant patent-related work experience (4 or more years preferred).
  • National Accreditation as a Certified Legal Assistant/Paralegal Specialist at an accredited institution a plus.
  • At least 3 years’ experience with an electronic IP docketing software.
  • Candidates must be familiar with the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Application Information Retrieval system, and other patent related databases as well as CFR and MPEP.
  • Ability to be flexible and able to handle several tasks at one time with shifting priorities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills with a team player mentality. 
  • Ability to use independent judgment to identify and solve problems, and to manage and communicate information on a timely basis.
  • Requires strong analytical thinking, organizational skills, and capacity to prioritize a high volume of projects.
  • Demonstrated skills and ability to work with computer software, including Microsoft Office tools (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook) and desire to learn and use other tools as well.
  • Requires an interest in continued education and learning regarding relevant law and rule changes and how these changes affect patent department practice. 
  • Interest and experience in life science industry a plus.

Sangamo is an equal opportunity employer

The above reflects management’s definition of essential functions for this position but does not restrict the tasks that may be assigned. The above duties are representative only; management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.