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Danaher Corporation Patent Agent in Charlotte, North Carolina

POSITION SUMMARY:

Cepheid is searching for a creative, dynamic and collaborative registered Patent Agent to join the IP legal team. The team is responsible for executing and developing Cepheid’s intellectual property strategy relating to its molecular diagnostics platform, as well as assisting with general legal matters.

The ideal candidate will thrive in a fast-paced environment and be capable of developing a comprehensive understanding of Cepheid’s technology while working closely with R&D and product development teams. Experience working on global teams is beneficial and the successful candidate will be expected to understand the importance of operating with a global mindset and model global and cultural sensitivity.

ESSENTIAL JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Develop and implement national and international patent prosecution strategies.

  • Assist with the drafting and filing of new patent applications.

  • Work closely with outside counsel to prepare responses to office actions on existing US and international patent filings.

  • Coordinate activities with outside counsel and foreign patent associates.

  • Confer with the company’s scientists and product development teams to identify patentable inventions.

  • Conduct prior art searches, analyzing patents and assist in the preparation of freedom-to-operate opinions.

  • Assist in due diligence projects in connection with a range of strategic transactions, including significant collaborations and M&A transactions.

  • Attend R&D and/or product development meetings to serve as a liaison for the IP team.

  • Identify, analyze and monitor 3rd party patent filings and technical literature.

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Education and Experience (in years):

  • Registered to practice in front of the USPTO.

  • Bachelors degree with at least 5 years relevant experience or a Masters Degree with at least 3 years relevant experience, including at least 2 years of experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications and IP strategy and portfolio management.

  • Strong scientific background, preferably an advanced degree (or equivalent lab experience) in a biological science, biochemistry, chemistry, mechanical engineering, biomedical engineering or other field relevant to life sciences, medical diagnostic or medical device industry.

  • Comprehensive understanding of USPTO patent prosecution practices, rules, regulations and strategies.

  • Experience with global patent prosecution strategy and process.

Knowledge and skills:

  • Partnering effectively with relevant stakeholders at all levels of the global organization and across all phases of research, development & commercialization to provide and execute IP strategies.

  • Ability to manage and serve a wide range of clients within the company by recognizing and responding quickly and pragmatically to situations and clients.

  • Willingness and ability to work with and coordinate activities of many stakeholders across various departments.

  • Appropriately triage a heavy workflow, setting appropriate priorities with clients and delivering results efficiently.

  • Excellent writing, communication, organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills.

  • Capable of delivering research findings in a timely and high-quality manner using tools such as Excel, Word and PowerPoint.

  • Self-directed and proactive, comfortable executing on multiple projects independently and in collaboration with others.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job.

Danaher Corporation and all Danaher Companies are equal opportunity employers that evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other characteristics protected by law. The “EEO is the Law” poster is available here (http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) .

Operating Company: Cepheid

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