Life Science & Diagnostics

Senior Patent Agent

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About the job

Invenia Group is partnering with a manufacturer of scientific reagents, instruments and services that are being used to accelerate scientific discovery. Research applications include next-generation sequencing, gene discovery and editing, proteomics etc.

Due to growth, the company is looking to hire a Senior Patent Agent to join their team in San Jose, CA. This is an office-based role, however, the company has the flexibility to make it a hybrid for experienced candidates. Candidates will join a stable company that values their employees and develops their skills and careers.

The role:

This role will work directly with the CSO and will be responsible for leading IP reviews on both internal and external IP – proposing key actions and strategies to strengthen the company’s core product IP, including the filing of new IP on new products coming out of R&D.

The Senior Patent Agent takes the leading role manage the prosecution and maintenance of the Company’s patent portfolio through the direction of outside counsel.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage communication with and guide outside counsel for both domestic and foreign patent applications.
  • Work with R&D on the viability of potential patents for innovations
  • Review and prepare freedom-to-operate opinions on 3rd party IP in collaboration with outside counsel
  • Responsible for assigning products to relevant licenses for royalty reporting purposes.
  • Guide senior management in evaluating licensing and business transactions based on the review of relevant IP
  • Proposes strategies for developing the Company’s patent portfolio
  • Provide training to employees regarding the protection of intellectual property.
  • Maintain knowledge of relevant laws, regulations or statutes affecting the Company’s intellectual property.
  • Proposes IP expenditure budgets, based on the agreed strategy

What we are looking for:

  • PhD in a biological subject, an understanding of sequencing and molecular biology is desirable
  • Must be a USPTO registered Patent Agent.
  • 5+ years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, conducting patentability and freedom-to-operate searches
  • Have the ability to suggest strategies for IP
  • Experience with domestic and foreign patent applications.


Salary is $160K – $190K per year depending on experience plus a 15% bonus and full benefits.