Patent Agent/Patent Attorney

La Jolla, CA 92037

Posted: 11/12/2021 Job Category: Legal, Pharma / Biotech Job Number: 2508

Job Description

Patent Agent/Patent Attorney
Industry: Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology
Status: Full-Time Employee
Location: San Diego



  • You will be the first Intellectual Property hire on the legal team.
  • You will draft and prosecute patents globally.
  • You will assist the GC in developing the IP portfolio strategy and perform patentability and landscape analysis.
  • You will advise colleagues on IP-related issues, including tech transfer, legal and policy developments.
  • You will support oppositions, post-grant challenges, licensing matters and disputes.


  • Be a part of a growing company and fantastic team passionate about eradicating serious illness due to skin cancer, and developing new diagnostic tests for the early detection of other skin disorders.
  • Opportunities to learn and contribute to creative solutions.
  • Highly competitive compensation package including long-term incentives and a substantial stock and equity package.
  • Flexible hybrid schedule.


  • Graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in genetics, molecular biology, biochemistry, microbiology, or another related field.
  • Admission to practice before the USPTO.
  • Two+ years of experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications.
  • Previous experience supporting biotech/pharma/IVD in a life sciences practice group or within an R&D team.  Previous in-house experience highly preferred.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.  Writing samples will be requested.


At ABA Search, we value professionalism, honesty, and hard work. We're positive, innovative thinkers, and we use creativity to turn challenges into opportunities. We thrive on deepening our expertise. We're energized by the life science and pharmaceutical industries, passionate about staffing, and committed to the success of our clients and candidates. That's what makes us "the name to know in recruitment."

Check out the 2020 Forbes list of Best Professional Recruiting Firms in America! This was ABA’s 4th year in a row on this list and our 2nd year on the Best Executive Search Firms in America.


Meet Your Recruiter

Josh Flagg
Senior Executive Recruiter

Josh joined ABA in 2019 as a legal recruiter after relocating to the Bay Area from the East Coast. He worked as a legal recruiter for close to a decade in New York City focusing on lateral placements at international law firms with a special focus on Asia markets and practices. He holds a B.A. in Communications from Fordham University. He enjoys the excitement and challenges of getting to know and understand the personality and long-term goals of his clients in order to help them find success and professional fulfillment.

In another lifetime Josh was a professional musician who toured throughout the country, wrote jingles for commercials and started an independent concert promotion company. He lives outside San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Favorite Things to Do in the Bay Area: Camping, hiking, and exploring new restaurants

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