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Director of Patents at Achaogen
South San Francisco, CA, US
Position Summary:

We are seeking an entrepreneurial and motivated individual to play a leadership role for the patent function at Achaogen. This Director of Patents will report to the General Counsel and support the Company’s business objectives through the protection of intellectual property interests. This a great opportunity for a seasoned life sciences patent attorney or agent to be involved with a growing company and vibrant research pipeline, spanning both small and large molecules.



Essential Functions:

Draft, file and prosecute patent applications with a focus on the protection of inventions and patent prosecution.
Maintain prosecution docket and develop and implement strategies for US and foreign patent portfolios to strengthen and extend the company's intellectual property position.
Perform and direct diligence projects and interact with diligence teams.
Review and assist in the drafting of nondisclosure, research, license and other agreements involving the use, transfer, or ownership of intellectual property.
Conduct patentability and freedom to operate searches, render opinions regarding validity, infringement, enforceability and FTO related to third party patent estates.
Counsel company scientists on intellectual property and confidentiality issues and participate in research planning to generate supporting data for patent filings.
Identify technologies of interest that are available for licensing; review and prepare opinions of related intellectual property filings.
Manage external relationships with outside counsel.


Required Skills and Experience:

Licensed Patent Attorney or Agent with 8 or more (even MANY more) years of experience in patent preparation and prosecution.
Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Advanced knowledge of domestic and international laws, regulations, and processes relating to patents.
Ability to manage both large and small molecule programs.


Preferred Education:

Graduate degree in a chemical or biological science strongly preferred, Ph.D. degree preferred.


Preferred Additional Skills:

Motivated and passionate about making a difference for unmet needs in the antibacterial space.
Strong communication skills and business partnering ability.
Ability to be strategically educate and support the research and development groups.
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with others in a positive, collaborative manner, inspiring trust and confidence with colleagues.
Willingness to be a "hands-on, roll-up-your sleeves" leader.
Committed to the values of integrity, accountability, transparency, scientific rigor and drive.
Current US work authorization required.
Ability to travel domestically and internationally.