Duties: The Gene Therapy Program (GTP) is entering a new era of unprecedented opportunity with the great potential to reshape the face of medicine as we know it. Our discoveries have set the stage for successful treatments and possibly even cures for devastating genetic diseases.
The laboratory of Dr. James Wilson, at GTP of the University of Pennsylvania, has been a leader in the development of innovative vector technology for close to three decades. We have emerged as the 'go-to' organization for public and private partners, who want to participate in the gene therapy space. Currently, we are positioned to lead another round of vector innovation and establish pre-clinical and clinical proof-of-concept in therapeutic applications of in-vivo genome editing.
Due to our success, we are currently seeking a Patent Agent, to partner with our discovery and translational teams to assist in the development of patent applications to protect the Intellectual Property (IP) of GTP.
As the Patent Agent, you will proactively partner with research scientists to determine the current/future patenting needs. You will conduct database searches to determine patentability, analyze documents and papers to support patent prosecution and defense, gather relevant data needed by IP counsel, draft high-quality provisional patent applications, and support the preparation of responses to patent office requests and actions. You will be providing mentorship/guidance to research scientists regarding data and record requirements for supporting defensible patent applications. You will maintain a close working relationship internally with the GTP scientists, personnel from the Penn Center for Innovation (PCI) and the external IP Counsel of GTP.
Qualifications: * The minimum of a Master's degree in life science or related field with 5-7 years of research and patent-related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. PhD preferred.
* Registered as a patent agent with USPTO
* A strong understanding of US patent law and regulations required
* Must be a self starter but also have a strong desire to contribute and work collaboratively to achieve goals
* Must have a track record of success in roles requiring execution of multiple tasks while responding to multiple priorities
* Must be highly functioning, detail-oriented, and analytical candidate who can think strategically
* Excellent oral/written communication skills required
Reference Number: 40-27997
Salary Grade: 029
Employment Type: Exempt
Org: DM-Gene Therapy Program
Special Requirements: Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Job Family: B-Executive/Managerial Administration