Intellectual Property Counsel

Company Background
Catamaran is developing novel, off-the-shelf CAR-NK cell therapies designed to treat a broad range of cancers, including solid tumors. Our proprietary capabilities enable us to harness the natural cancer-fighting properties of NK cells and enhance and tailor their effectiveness with the power of synthetic biology and innovative non-viral cell engineering. We are using our TAILWIND™ Platform, an integrated suite of technologies, to specifically address the end-to-end methods of engineering, processing and manufacturing NK cells and rapidly advance our pipeline of CAR-NK cell therapy programs. Catamaran is backed by leading financial and corporate investors, including SV Health Investors, Sofinnova Partners, Lightstone Ventures, Takeda Ventures and Astellas Venture Management.

Job Summary
Catamaran is seeking a creative, highly motivated and experienced patent attorney to develop and implement global patent strategies which support our innovative CAR-NK cell therapy products and platform technologies.  The successful candidate will advise Catamaran on a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent drafting and prosecution, patent portfolio management, licensing, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate analysis. S/he will possess extensive drafting and prosecution experience, strong analytical and communication skills, and work directly with key stakeholders, including R&D, technology and business development teams on all intellectual property and related legal matters.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute patent strategies for both Catamaran’s CAR-NK product candidates and cutting-edge TAILWIND™ Platform
  • Provide advice and guidance to R&D and business team members regarding a variety of intellectual property matters in order to build and retain maximum value for Catamaran;
  • Partner closely with internal R&D and business development team members to (1) identify and protect of new discoveries and inventions arising from in-house research efforts and collaborations and (2) identify “white spaces” to secure protection
  • Conduct or direct patentability analyses, freedom to operate studies, analyses of third-party patent positions and competitive patent intelligence to support the rapid development of Catamaran’s products and technologies
  • Oversee the prosecution of in-licensed patent portfolios
  • Manage outside counsel on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications
  • File and prosecute trademark applications
  • Assist in the preparation and negotiation of licensing, contract services, evaluation, material transfer and research collaboration agreements
  • Provide and effectively communicate sound legal advice that is informed by a strong understanding of Catamaran’s business strategies and priorities

Education, Experience and Qualifications

  • JD from a major accredited law school; PhD in molecular or cell biology or similar discipline
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • 7+ years prior experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications and conducting freedom to operate analyses in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical areas
  • Experience in a biotechnology company or pharmaceutical company preferred
  • Proven track record developing and implementing patent strategies with demonstrated success securing meaningful patent protection for products and technology platforms
  • Experience assessing concerns, identifying and managing risk and proactively managing outcomes with creative strategic planning
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work and communicate effectively at all levels within and external to the organization
  • High personal integrity and strong work ethic
  • Excellent writing and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to operate efficiently in a fast-paced environment
  • Strong leadership and managerial abilities

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