Employment Type: Full-Time
At DermTech, we believe there's a better way to assess skin, and we're using technology, innovation, and data to fundamentally change and enhance precision dermatology. We have developed technology that assesses skin at the RNA and DNA level, so that serious conditions, such as skin cancer, can be detected far earlier, reduce the need for surgery, enable optimized treatment plans, and customize skincare plans to an individual's unique skin molecular makeup. We call this practice 'precision dermatology' and we believe it is truly a new era in disease detection. A method that is not just better, but different, and centered around our patented methods, which begins with using our Smart Sticker™ to collect tissue from the skin's surface easily, accurately, and painlessly, and follows with our state-of-the-art laboratory, which analyzes that tissue at the genomic level using a proprietary gene analysis system. By pushing the boundaries in precision dermatology in areas like cancer detection, we truly believe our technology can change the world. We are seeking team members with the vision, passion, and creativity to do the same.
The Patent Agent is a highly visible, key role within DermTech's Legal group, which provides an exciting opportunity to work closely with an in-house legal team and scientists. Candidates applying for this position should have excellent written and verbal communications skills, be creative, organized, and a strong team player.
The Patent Agent role has diverse responsibilities including U.S. patent drafting, U.S. and foreign patent prosecution, patent administrative proceedings, IP portfolio strategy, invention development, inventor education, patentability, and landscape analysis. The job or duty station is in San Diego, but will consider candidates that can work remotely.
Prepare and prosecute high quality patent applications.
* U.S. and foreign patent prosecution.
* Patent administrative proceedings.
* IP portfolio strategy.
* Patentability and landscape analysis.
* Assess freedom-to-operate and counsel R&D colleagues.
* Manage and improve processes for tracking innovation and competitor IP activity
* Advise colleagues regarding IP-related issues, including technology transfer and legal and policy developments.
* Support oppositions, post-grant challenges, licensing matters, and disputes.
* Outstanding writing skills as demonstrated by original writing samples of patent applications, prosecution submissions, memorandums, and other communications.
* Ability to work independently and proactively with minimal direction.
* Strong organizational skills, keen attention to detail, and ability to prioritize projects and meet aggressive deadlines.
* Advanced (M.S. or Ph.D.) degree with focus on microbiology, biochemistry, genetics, molecular biology, or similar disciplines.
* Admission to practice before the US Patent & Trademark Office.
* Two (2) - Three (3) years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications.
* Previous experience supporting biotechnology and/or life sciences practice groups or research and development teams
* Writing samples will be requested.
* Experience in genetic analysis.
* Experience in in-vitro clinical laboratory tests
* Experience working in an in-house setting.
* Post-graduate R&D laboratory experience for two (2) or more years.
* Law firm experience is strongly preferred.