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Senior Associate Counsel, Intellectual Property

Company: Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals
Location: Somerville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Why Join Us?Be a hero for our rare disease patientsAt Ultragenyx, we fundamentally believe that taking real impactful action to care for the needs of patients and our people is always the right thing to do. To achieve this goal, our vision is to lead the future of rare disease medicine. For us, this means going where other biopharma companies wont gochallenging the status quo and creating a new model that advances our field so more patients and caregivers can benefit from life-changing treatments. We do this by following the science, applying a novel rapid development approach, making innovative medicines at fair and reasonable prices, and creating a collaborative ecosystem to reach patients in ways that are most meaningful for them. Our commitment and care for patients extends to our people, so culture is an essential cornerstone for Ultragenyx. We remain continuously focused on creating a supportive and inclusive environment of profound learning and growthso employees can thrive in all areas of their lives, in and outside of work.Ultimately, we want to be an organization where we would be proud for our family, friends and children to work.If you want to have a meaningful impact, do the best work of your career, and grow a lot, both professionally andpersonally, come join our team. During the COVID-19 Outbreak, we are committed to our hiring process. The health and safety of our employees and prospective employees take priority which means at this time our approach will include video discussions, interviews, and onboarding.PositionSummary:ultrafocusedWork together to fearlessly uncover new possibilitiesFull Position Description Linked HereThis is an exciting opportunity to join a leading biopharmaceutical company focused on the development and commercialization of novel products for serious rare and ultra-rare genetic diseases. Reporting to the Vice President of Intellectual Property, the selected candidate will work closely with inventors and Ultragenyxs senior leadership to manage and contribute to the Companys extensive and growing intellectual property portfolio and help shape its global patent and trademark strategy. In this position, you will be responsible for formulating prosecution strategy, drafting patent applications and office action responses, supervising outside patent and trademark counsel, conducting due diligence reviews, and performing patentability, invalidity, non-infringement, and freedom-to-operate assessments. This newly-established position will provide the selected candidate with a tremendous opportunity for development and advancement in a rapidly growing organization. This role will work directly and collaboratively with the Vice President of Intellectual Property to secure and/or strengthen protection of the Companys diverse array of pre-clinical, clinical, and commercial products.ResponsibilitiesBuild, maintain, and manage Ultragenyxs patent portfolio covering a wide range of therapeutic modalities, including traditional biologics, AAV gene therapies, mRNA therapeutics, antisense oligonucleotides, siRNAs, and small molecules Collaborate with inventors and R&D teams as well as outside patent counsel to prepare invention disclosures, draft patent applications, and formulate responses to office actions Attend technical meetings to identify new sources of Ultragenyx intellectual propertyServe as the primary liaison to multiple groups of outside patent counsel and manage external relationships to ensure successful, cost-efficient outcomes Develop and monitor patent prosecution goals, objectives, and metrics Educate senior management, inventors, and R&D teams regarding best practices for optimally protecting Ultragenyx technologyProvide prompt and actionable responses to general intellectual property questions from Ultragenyxs R&D, clinical, regulatory, commercial, and business teams Evaluate and implement processes for improving Ultragenyxs patent prosecution organization and workflowPartner with Ultragenyxs business development team to review, assess, and evaluate third-party intellectual property portfoliosConduct freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, invalidity, and patentability analyses in support of diligence activities, licensing efforts, and risk assessmentProvide legal, technical, and strategic support in potential or actual intellectual property litigation Review proposed manuscripts and presentations for potential relevance to Ultragenyxs intellectual propertyWork collaboratively with outside trademark counsel to secure global brand protection for Ultragenyxs products and product candidates Maintain documentation of Ultragenyxs trade secrets and continually evaluate and implement improved processes for optimizing protection of Ultragenyxs trade secrets and know-howDevelop a thorough understanding of the Companys current and planned business activities, products, markets, and competitorsEstablish collaborative relationships with external partners at universities, research organizations, government institutions, and other technology companiesMonitor international trends in intellectual property protection and adjust Ultragenyxs practices as appropriate Occasionally perform special business-critical legal assignments or projects, without significant supervisionInfluence and build relationships with executives, project teams, and peers across Ultragenyx TechnicalRequirements& Skills: MS degree required, Ph.D. degree strongly preferred (molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, etc.)JD degree (or foreign equivalent)Membership in good standing of the Massachusetts State Bar or the California State Bar (or member in good standing of another state bar) Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) 3+ years of life sciences/biotechnology patent prosecution experienceThorough understanding of U.S. and foreign patent systemsStrong IP-specific financial acumenAbility to understand complex IP issues, assess risk, and provide concise business-focused legal adviceDynamic self-starter with a sense of urgency, ability to multi-task, and ability to work well under pressure with tight deadlines to ensure timely and appropriate responses to issuesAbility to manage ever-changing priorities in a fast-past environment and a willingness to oversee multiple projects simultaneouslyExcellent organizational skillsHighly attentive to detailEnthusiasm for learning new technologies, particularly those in the life sciences, with a proven ability to gain competence quickly and independentlyA demonstrated ability to lead changeGood judgment in working with business partners and occasionally under ambiguous or challenging circumstancesAbility to handle highly sensitive and confidential information PC literacy required; MS Office skills (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)#LI- JT1#LI- 4Ultragenyx Pharmaceutical is an equal opportunity employer & prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin/ancestry, age, disability, marital and veteran status. Reasonable accommodation will be provided for qualified individuals with disabilities and for qualified disabled veterans in job application procedures, as required by applicable law. If you have any difficulty using our online application system and need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact Talent Acquisition by calling: (415) 483-8800 or by emailing us at talentacquisition@. For electronic email and mail inquiries, please include a description of your requested accommodation, your name and contact information.See our CCPA Employee and Applicant Privacy Notice.See our Privacy Policy.Note to External Recruiters:All candidate activity and open positions are managed strictly through our Human Resources Department. Our Human Resources Department kindly requests that recruiters not contact employees/hiring managers directly in an attempt to solicit business and present candidates. Please note that failure to comply with this request will be a factor in determining a professional relationship with our organization. Submission of unsolicited resumes prior to an agreement set in place between the Human Resources Department and the recruiting agency will not create any implied obligation. Inquiries on developing a recruiting relationship with us, may be directed to: talentacquisition@.Cambridge, MA and Woburn, MA /UltragenyxLegal /Full-timeSDL2017

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