About Tessera Therapeutics:

Tessera Therapeutics is an early-stage life sciences company pioneering Gene Writer™ platforms, a new biotechnology designed to offer scientists and clinicians the ability to write small and large therapeutic messages into the genome, thereby curing diseases at their source. Gene writing holds the potential to become a new category in genetic medicine, building upon recent breakthroughs in gene therapy and gene editing while eliminating important limitations in their reach, utilization, and efficacy. Tessera Therapeutics was founded by Flagship Pioneering, a life sciences innovation enterprise that conceives, resources, and develops first-in-category companies to transform human health and sustainability. 

About the Role:

Tessera Therapeutics is seeking a Patent Counsel (will also consider a Patent Agent with relevant experience), reporting to the Vice President of Intellectual Property. The Patent Counsel / Patent Agent will work in a fast-paced environment with a broad range of intellectual property matters helping to build and maintain a strong IP portfolio, protecting the Tessera technology platforms and pipeline. The Patent Counsel/Patent Agent will work closely with scientists, Tessera leadership, and outside counsel and will have a strong understanding of U.S. and international intellectual property laws and concepts related to the biopharmaceutical business. 

 Key Responsibilities:

The Patent Counsel / Patent Agent will help drive the creation of new patent applications and the prosecution of the existing patent estate, including:

  • Draft and coordinate prosecution of patent applications directed to Tessera’s Gene Writer™ platforms and pipeline
  • Work with Tessera scientists to incorporate experimental data into patent applications
  • Provide IP landscape, patentability, FTO and due diligence assessments
  • Review proposed publications and presentations for potential impact on the IP portfolio
  • Assist in the negotiating and drafting of agreements with IP implications (such as CDAs, MTAs, licenses, research agreements, etc.)
  • Liaise with external legal counsel
  • Educate and advise employees on IP matters
  • Manage and update the IP database

 Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in molecular biology or related life sciences discipline
  • JD preferred but will consider an experienced, registered patent agent
  • 2-5 years of law firm experience plus 2-5 years of experience as in-house IP counsel/patent agent, including preparation and prosecution of patent applications, preferably directed to biologics and/or nucleic acid therapies
  • Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Familiarity with scientific and IP databases
  • Excellent writing, analytical, and communication skills
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and strong ability to work in teams
  • Strong prioritizing skills to manage multiple tasks and priorities
  • Comfort quickly adjusting to shifting priorities and demanding deadlines
Flagship Pioneering and our ecosystem companies are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity or Veteran status.
Recruitment & Staffing Agencies: Flagship Pioneering and its affiliated Flagship Lab companies (collectively, “FSP”) do not accept unsolicited resumes from any source other than candidates. The submission of unsolicited resumes by recruitment or staffing agencies to FSP or its employees is strictly prohibited unless contacted directly by Flagship Pioneering’s internal Talent Acquisition team. Any resume submitted by an agency in the absence of a signed agreement will automatically become the property of FSP, and FSP will not owe any referral or other fees with respect thereto.

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