23andMe Patent Agent

Full Time 23andMe posted 4 months ago

Job Description

South San Francisco, California, United States

23andMe is seeking a highly motivated, experienced Patent Agent to join the legal department to implement and develop strategy and protection of intellectual property related to 23andMe’s large and small molecule therapeutic programs and Personal Genome Services. You are adept at providing relevant and clear guidance, including patentability, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analyses, and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies to scientists and business leaders in support of business objectives and decision-making.

In addition to your patent agent work, you will also perform general duties of a patent and trademark paralegal. You are exceedingly well-organized, flexible and enjoy challenges of working on diverse issues daily. You are a collaborative partner, work rapidly, diligently and independently with minimal direction.

Who we are

Since 2006, 23andMe’s mission has been to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. We are a group of passionate individuals pushing the boundaries of what’s possible to help turn genetic insight into better health and personal understanding.

What you’ll do

  • Perform global patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio development and management, patent searching and/or landscaping, patent diligence assessments, freedom-to-operate, infringement and validity analyses, and risk evaluation and mitigation strategies
  • Advise the business stakeholders on patent strategies, risk, and associated mitigation strategies
  • Manages external relationships with outside counsel and collaborators
  • Act as a key resource for outside patent counsel and patent vendors, while managing coordination and communication with internal business stakeholders
  • Lead development and implementation of patent operational processes, as needed, such as patent formalities and official inventor Declarations and Assignments
  • Monitor timelines to ensure timely execution of patent deadlines


What you’ll bring

  • Admission to practice before United States Patent and Trademark Office (required)
  • 5+ years of experience practicing large molecule patent law (required)
  • Experience in all aspects of U.S. and foreign intellectual property law relating to biotechnology, in the pharmaceutical industry with a law firm or corporation
  • Undergraduate and masters or advanced degree in biology or biochemistry (required)
  • Expert analytical, legal drafting and verbal and written communication skills and the ability to effectively communicate with business stakeholders across the organization
  • Strong counseling skills with a client service focus, keen attention to detail and the ability to work independently and in teams; strong organizational skills; the ability to prioritize, work efficiently or multi-task, and to be agile and meet aggressive deadlines


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