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Arc Institute
Palo Alto, California, United States (hybrid)
1 day ago


Our team is growing quickly and we’re looking for a strong intellectual property attorney with extensive knowledge of our research areas who can build and lead the legal strategy for protecting and deploying our intellectual property. A successful Head of Intellectual Property will be highly proactive and collaborative, with a positive approach and a passion for changing the way science is done. This position reports to the Institute’s General Counsel.  The hybrid nature of the role anticipates that the Head of Intellectual Property would be in our Palo Alto facilities on at least a weekly basis, if not more frequently, in order to have the best possible relationship and communications with our research teams who work in the labs.

In this position you will:

  • Develop and maintain a broad understanding of the Institute’s research activities.
  • Collaborate closely with Institute scientists to identify potentially patentable inventions and proactively guide the invention disclosure process.
  • Own the strategic decision on which disclosures to file across the Institute, taking into account the existing patent landscape as well as potential commercial interest in the IP.
  • Select and manage external IP counsel who will draft and prosecute patent applications.
  • Design and maintain a global patent filing strategy reflecting legal options and market conditions in the relevant jurisdictions.  
  • Assist with negotiating intellectual property agreements with third parties, including out-licensing.
  • Collaborate with IP counsel at our partner universities - Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCSF - to successfully navigate joint IP filing and licensing.
  • Educate Institute scientists on intellectual property law and Institute policies and procedures relating to intellectual property.
  • Present on intellectual property matters to Institute leadership and other audiences.
  • Manage the Institute’s global patent filing budget.
  • Handle occasional trademark, copyright, and trade secrets matters.


  • JD Degree and admission to at least one state bar.
  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, preferably in biology or chemistry.
  • Strong background in molecular biology/ biotechnology.
  • 7+ years of patent law experience in the pharmaceutical/biotechnology field, or an equivalent combination of patent and pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry experience.
  • Significant experience applying a patent strategy within an organization, preferably from an in-house position.
  • Excellent analytical, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Service-oriented focus and comfort working as part of cross-functional teams to drive results.
  • Highest integrity, excellent judgment, and the ability to proactively recognize and effectively communicate legal issues to audiences with a variety of backgrounds.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 65876898
  • Workplace Type: Hybrid
  • Location:
    Palo Alto, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: Arc Institute
  • Position Title: Head of Intellectual Property
  • Industry: Biotech
  • Practice Area: Patent Prosecution,
    Patent Litigation,
  • Type of Practice: Non-profit
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: JD
  • Min Experience: 7-10 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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