We are seeking a motivated patent agent to support Metagenomi’s growing Legal department. This position will play a crucial role in creating and maintaining the company’s patent portfolio. We are looking for an enthusiastic, collaborative, and motivated individual who will be able to bring positivity, organization, and calm to a bustling start-up environment. The Patent Agent will report to the VP, Legal & Chief of Staff. This role offers flexibility and is based in Emeryville, CA.

About the Role

The day-to-day responsibilities of this role will include:

  • Identify inventions to help capture intellectual property as early as possible
  • Attend team scientific meetings to monitor progress of data generation for various patent portfolios
  • Assist in preparation of patent applications
  • Provide support during licensing negotiations or financings
  • Maintain and manage database relating to all patent procedures and processes
  • Provide general support to Patent Agent in all matters relating to intellectual property

The anticipated base salary range for this position will be 106,000 - $161,000 depending on the exact level of the role. As this role is open to candidates with a wide range of skills and experience, the exact salary will be dependent on the specific level of the position. We value transparency and will make every effort to provide you with a succinct explanation for how the final salary within this range is determined.

Desired Qualifications 

  • Current patent bar membership is required
  • Previous law firm or industry experience is preferred
  • Superior academic credentials, with backgrounds in one of the following fields: cell or molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, organic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, cancer biology, pharmacology, genetics, or biomedical engineering
  • Strong verbal, written, and interpersonal skills

Please note, all candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.


About Metagenomi

Metagenomi is a gene editing company committed to developing potentially curative therapeutics by leveraging a proprietary toolbox of next-generation gene editing systems to accurately edit DNA where current technologies cannot. Our metagenomics-powered discovery platform and analytical expertise reveal novel cellular machinery sourced from otherwise unknown organisms. We adapt and forge these naturally evolved systems into powerful gene editing systems that are ultra-small, extremely efficient, highly specific and have a decreased risk of immune response. These systems fuel our pipeline of novel medicines and can be leveraged by partners. Our goal is to revolutionize gene editing for the benefit of patients around the world. For more information, please visit https://metagenomi.co/.


What makes Metagenomi a unique place to work?

  • We are passionate about developing technologies derived from microbial-rich ecosystems that have the power to enable therapeutic development and the potential to cure devastating disease.
  • We have cultivated an amazing culture that values teamwork, curiosity, scientific rigor, and fun. We have a strong commitment to work/life balance, host a weekly employee happy hour and events, provide catered lunches and endless snacks, and more! 
  • We offer competitive compensation including a market-benchmarked salary, annual target bonus, equity in an early-stage startup, and a comprehensive benefits plan, including 401(k) matching, a retirement safe harbor plan, and other perks.

At Metagenomi, we know that our people drive our success. Metagenomi provides an open, collegial, and friendly work environment where we empower people and provide them with opportunities to develop their long-term career. We are an equal opportunity employer and believe in and value diversity and inclusion. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need.

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, please contact us at hr@metagenomi.co and we would be happy to help!


Notice to agencies: Our in-house Talent Acquisition Team manages all employment opportunities at Metagenomi. Agencies and independent recruiters must be approved as a vendor by Metagenomi’s Talent Acquisition team. To protect the interests of all parties, Metagenomi will not accept unsolicited resumes, profiles, or biographies. Any unsolicited resumes sent to Metagenomi will be considered referrals and the property of Metagenomi.


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