Biotechnology Associate Attorney or Patent Agent – Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP

Job Details

Marshall, Gerstein & Borun LLP is a Chicago-based intellectual property law firm having over 85 attorneys, highly qualified patent agents, and technical specialists, all dedicated to providing superior intellectual property counseling.  We specialize in prosecution and litigation in all areas of intellectual property law.  We litigate nationwide, primarily within the federal court system, and obtain patents and trademark registrations for our clients in the United States and foreign patent and trademark offices.

We are currently seeking an Associate or a Patent Agent for our Biotechnology practice group.

Associate Credentials

  • Strong academic credentials, including having graduated in the top third of the law school class, and having obtained at a minimum a Master’s degree in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology or related field, with a preference for Doctorate degree. Candidates should have at least a 3.0 GPA in all levels of education.
  • License to practice law in Illinois (or licensed to practice law in another state and qualified to sit for the Illinois bar exam), and admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and exceptional organizational skills.

Patent Agent Credentials

  • Strong academic credentials, which should minimally include a M.S. or Ph.D. in Biotechnology, Molecular Biology or related field. Candidates should have obtained a 3.0 GPA at all levels of education.
  • Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • A minimum of 2 years of intellectual property prosecution experience working in a legal environment.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and exceptional organizational skills.
  • Ability to grasp new technical teachings quickly.
  • Ability to efficiently review patent and non-patent literature for key concepts.

Responsibilities will include: 

  • Interviewing inventors to learn about new ideas to be patented. Our clients include some of the world’s largest and most technologically advanced companies.
  • Preparing and prosecuting patent applications relating to biotechnology inventions, occasionally participating in patent litigation to provide technical support, and performing related client counseling tasks.
  • Advocating for our clients before the U.S. Patent Trademark Office to seek issuance of a patent. This includes writing and amending claims for the patent application, as well as analyzing patents and other publications relating to biotechnology inventions.
  • This position demands that the individual will, under the supervision of senior practitioners, assume significant client responsibilities, provide high-quality services to domestic and foreign clients, communicate with all levels of management and staff and, at times, require a significant degree of autonomy.

Compensation for this position includes an annual salary highly competitive within the Chicago market at the experience level specified herein, along with customary benefits and opportunities to earn significant bonuses.

  • Group Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Employee and Dependent Medical Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Accident and Critical Illness Plans
  • Short-Term Disability Program
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 401(K), Profit Sharing and Vesting
  • Pre-Tax Transportation Plan
  • Identify Theft Protection
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Bright Horizons-Back-Up Child, Adult, and Elder Care
  • Stipend and Interest Free Loan Program (for law school students)
  • Moving Expenses
  • Bar Fees and Related Expenses
  • Continuing Legal Education
  • Holiday and Paid Time Off
  • Bonuses

In addition to our generous benefits package, Marshall, Gerstein & Borun offers a culture with great work-life balance in a business-casual atmosphere. Ample opportunity for socialization between our colleagues is encouraged and enjoyed at virtual happy hours and firm-wide GoToMeeting or Zoom events. In addition, we look forward to the return of our monthly breakfasts, special-occasion luncheons, social gatherings, and out-of-office functions when circumstances permit.

Qualified individuals interested in this position should forward a curriculum vitae, transcripts and writing samples to Michele J. Gudaitis at [email protected]

Job Status: Open

Job Type: Legal

Regions: Chicago

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