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VP, Intellectual Property and Chief Patent Counsel

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: Durect Corporation
Location: Cupertino, CA
Date posted: 09/15/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:
DURECT is employing advanced enabling drug delivery technologies to develop new and improved pharmaceutical products. Our mission is to develop therapies that will improve the quality of life for patients with chronic diseases and other medical conditions. Our vision for product development is to combine known drugs (both in terms of efficacy and side effect profile) with proven systems to get drugs quickly to market and lower development risk.

We are currently seeking a Vice President of Intellectual Property and Chief Patent Counsel to join our dynamic team.


This position is responsible for directing and managing the Company’s entire patent and trademark portfolio.


· Strategic direction for patent and trademark portfolio

· In-house patent prosecution

· Management of outside patent counsel

· Provide IP support for deals and agreements

· Primary lawyer for feasibility agreements where central issues to be negotiated are IP in nature



· Bachelor’s Degree in Science

· J.D.

· Admitted to California Bar and admitted to practice before US Patent & Trademark Office

· Good knowledge of pharmaceutical development pathway

Job Experience

· At least 10 years of practice as a patent lawyer in-house or in reputable law firm with practice focused on prosecution of medical patents

· Significant experience in providing IP support for business transactions


· Excellent judgment

· Ability to develop and implement IP strategy with a focus on providing commercial value to the corporation

· Self-directed and responsible

· Ability to work with a variety of functional areas including Bus. Dev., R&D

· Good verbal and written communications skills

Essential Job Functions

· Ability to use of both hands for extended periods of time while performing regular tasks

· Ability to lift, move and handle materials weighing up to 25 lbs unassisted

Working Conditions

· 100% of work is performed in a typical office environment

Necessary Experience: 10-15 Years Experience
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