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Patent Agent
Location: Phoenix, AZ, USA
Date Posted: July 02, 2013
Contact: HR
Company\Firm: TGen
Job Description: The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a non‐profit biomedical research institute based in Phoenix, Arizona, focused on research that can help patients with cancer, neurological disorders, diabetes and other debilitating conditions. Working with a worldwide network of collaborators in the scientific and medical communities, TGen researchers study the genetic components of both common and complex diseases. Through genomic analysis, we learn how DNA, genes and proteins the microscopic building block of life can affect human health. Our 41 lead investigators and nearly 300 support personnel at sites in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Flagstaff, Arizona, are dedicated to improving patient care and quality of life through precision medicine, best defined as the right therapy, for the right patient, at the right time.

Brief Posting Description
This Patent Agent is to work with a dynamic group of attorneys and staff and will be responsibility for technology, commercialization and intellectual property management, including without limitation, drafting and reviewing contracts, receiving, reviewing and processing disclosures, drafting, filing and prosecution of patent applications, communicating with and advising inventors and management, updating and managing dockets and software system for tracking and reporting.

Detailed Description
The primary responsibilities of the Patent Agent are:
Will interact and conduct interviews with scientific staff to discuss and collect experimental data and obtain invention disclosures. Will follow ethical requirements in examiner interviews.
Develop strategies for protecting inventions.
Draft specifications and claims for patent applications and writing scientific and technical documents in clear concise English.
Negotiates agreements; prepares documents for filing and processing.
Analyze Patent Office actions and preparing responses.
Perform necessary legal and technical research using all available resources including libraries and computer data systems.
Commercialization and technology transfer activities.
Drafting and negotiating a variety of contracts including intellectual property related agreements, licensing, confidentiality, material transfer, research and development, consulting, lease, collaborative and technology transfer agreements.
Such other activities as management may request.

Job Requirements
- A Bachelor's Degree in a related field
- 2+ years of experience drafting and filing patent applications and responses to Office Actions
- Being registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, particular experience interacting with USPTO on applications related to biomedical research a plus.
- Biotechnology/Life Science experience is a plus.
- Experience doing patentability searches is a plus.

The successful Patent Agent should be able to effectively manage a docket with multiple staff and deadlines, conduct legal and technical research and analysis in support of various patent-related matters and work closely with attorneys and staff to research the invention and draft the specifications using technical expertise in the field. A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required. The ideal Patent Agent will be articulate, highly motivated, and enjoy working with emerging technologies and business models.

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