Patent Agent

Hayward, California
Mar 22, 2021
Biotech Bay
Required Education
Masters Degree/MBA
Position Type
Full time

Arcus Biosciences is an exciting growth company founded on the vision of creating best-in-class cancer therapies. We are an oncology-focused biopharmaceutical company leveraging our deep cross-discipline expertise to discover highly differentiated therapies and develop a broad portfolio of novel combinations addressing significant unmet needs.


We are located in the San Francisco bay area, in the heart of the world’s largest biotechnology research hub. Arcus Biosciences offers a competitive compensation and benefits package, including aggressive participation in the growth of the company in the form of stock option grants. Arcus is an ambitious undertaking, and we fully expect our company to become a force in the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapies for the treatment of cancer. Our employees enjoy operating in an exceptionally dynamic and cooperative environment in which the “rule book” has not yet been written.

Job Summary:


Candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing comprehensive worldwide patent strategies and for communicating intellectual property considerations to multiple stakeholders.  The ideal candidate is goal-oriented and has a strong scientific background.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with scientific colleagues to identify patentable inventions.
  • Prepare patent applications that are high quality and strategically aligned with business goals.
  • Develop a deep understanding of patent portfolios in support of worldwide patent prosecution and contribute to company’s global prosecution strategy.
  • Conduct prior art and freedom-to-operate searching and monitoring, including maintaining knowledge of competitor patenting activities. Independently identify risks and appropriate solutions to drive business goals.
  • Assist with implementation administration and ongoing improvement of IP-related systems and processes.
  • Educate internal colleagues on intellectual property, including new developments in laws and policies.
  • Maintain a strong knowledge practice before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and a working knowledge of foreign requirements.

Qualifications (including knowledge & skills):

  • 4+ years of patent experience in large and small molecule patent prosecution setting (pharmaceutical company or representing such clients in a law firm).
  • An advanced degree in chemistry or biology.
  • Experience designing and conducting freedom-to-operate reviews.
  • Skilled communicator.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Exposure to adverse patent proceedings (e.g., USPTO adverse proceedings, EPO adverse proceedings, US litigation) or patent diligence.