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Associate Director, Intellectual Property

Location San Rafael, California
BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

Patent Counsel, Intellectual Property (IP)

Absolute Requirements:

-          Ph.D. (Biological Sciences, e.g., Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, etc.) with familiarity / experience in various biologic technologies (gene therapy, therapeutic enzymes, antisense oligonucleotides, antibodies)

-          Registration as a Patent Attorney with USPTO and member of a State Bar

-          Must have at minimum 5 years of biopharma-related patent prosecution and complex IP diligence experience as a patent agent/attorney

-          Must have at least 2 years of relevant experience in a law firm

-          Exceptional written and oral communication skills

-          Ability and willingness to establish networks and effectively collaborate with and influence senior business and research leaders

-          Strong work ethic, team-oriented and collaborative, responsive and diligent, with a demonstrated ability to effectively multitask across multiple deadlines

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

-          Work experience as a scientist in the biopharma industry

-          Understanding of the role of IP in the drug development process and value of IP assets in biopharma business

-          Experience with competitive analysis and third party actions (post grant proceedings, litigation)

-          Project and/or personnel management experience


-       Establish, build, and enforce IP assets (patents, trademarks, trade secrets, licenses) for assigned company programs

-          Assist departmental management with formation and implementation of IP-related company policies, procedures and guidelines

-          Preserve and strengthen IP departmental infrastructure (e.g. supervision of internal staff and outside counsel supervision, record keeping, cost control)

-          Provide IP-related support (e.g. IP risk analysis, publication review, participation on committees, etc.) to other functional groups (e.g. legal corporate, business development, research and development, regulatory, etc.)

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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We treat rare diseases, and that gives us rare opportunities. Chris Brodeur, Director, Corporate Compliance
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