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Patent Agent

Job Type: Full time
Company/Firm: Plexxikon Inc.
Location: Berkeley, CA
Date posted: 10/28/10
Salary: Salary dependent on experience
Job Description:

Plexxikon, Inc. is a leader in the discovery and development of new small molecule pharmaceuticals for treating human diseases. Commencing in June 2001, Plexxikon has used its proprietary discovery technology to build a portfolio of therapeutic product opportunities for metabolic disorders, cardiovascular disease, inflammation and oncology. To learn more about Plexxikon, please visit our website at or to read a recent press release.

The Patent Agent will be a critical part of Plexxikons Intellectual Property team and will report directly to the Patent Attorney.


Works with scientific and other staff as well as internal and external counsel to draft patent applications for the company.
Assist internal and external counsel with preparation for responses to office actions, appeal and interference proceedings.
Analyzes new invention proposals/disclosures and meets with inventors.
Interacts with outside patent counsel as needed.
Review research disclosure statements from research staff. Review technical manuscripts, posters and other materials intended for public dissemination.
Work with internal and external counsel on matters such as diligence, opinion letters, patent interferences, and agreements.
Prepare and present company-wide lectures on issues relating to intellectual property.

Position Requirements & Experience:

5+ years hands-on experience as a working patent agent in the life sciences industry, preferably related to therapeutic drug development.
Advanced knowledge and experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications.
Experience in both a company and law firm highly desired.
Masters degree or applicable experience required; PhD in Chemistry highly desirable
Chemistry degree required.

Plexxikon, an equal opportunity employer, is located in Berkeley, just off interstate 80. We offer a chance to work with talented people in a collaborative environment and provide top-notch benefits including health insurance, generous time off, stock options and medical and much more.

If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please submit your resume or CV, cover letter and salary requirements to the address below. All submissions will be evaluated and interviews will be conducted for those applicants who most strongly fit our needs. If you are not contacted for an interview, your resume will remain on file and active for available positions for a period of one year.

No Phone Calls Please
No Agencies or Recruiters

Necessary Experience: N/A
Contact: Contact:Kate Walker

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