Sr. Patent Agent


MacroGenics is a leader in the discovery and development of innovative medicines that utilize our next generation antibody-based technologies.  Our team of 350+ dedicated individuals is advancing a pipeline of product candidates to treat patients with cancer. Our products and platforms have attracted multiple partnerships with leading pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies around the globe. 

MacroGenics is a bold, highly engaged, and diverse team driven by a passion for improving the lives of patients through innovative science. We are committed to an inclusive workplace built on trust and respect. We value and nurture strong connections with one another and foster collaborative relationships. We empower our people and drive personal accountability.  We encourage curiosity and embrace our entrepreneurial spirit.  We celebrate our successes and create a learning environment where all employees can thrive! 

Summary of Position

The Sr. Patent Agent is responsible for managing and protecting the company’s intellectual property (IP), particularly with respect to, invention harvesting, patent preparation and prosecution, portfolio development and management, and due diligence support for in/out licensing.  The Sr. Patent Agent actively participates in engaging internal clientele, presents the IP legal position on opportunities that arise from Research, Clinical and Development activities and makes recommendations for resolving disputes or taking further action.

***This position is eligible for remote work (EST), with expectation of coming onsite 4x a year. 

 Responsibilities and Job Duties:

  • Responsible for the strategic development of patent portfolios, including formulating patent strategies for pharmaceutical lifecycle management based on business roadmap and Research and Clinical development 
  • Conducts patentability, landscape and freedom-to-operate searches, and assessments relating to MacroGenics’ inventions and research activities to guide Research, Clinical and Development teams. Partners with Research team to identify and capture patentable inventions and provides patent counseling and recommendations where appropriate. 
  • Assists in the preparation, filing and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications. Oversees the execution and filing of formal documents including: invention assignments, declarations, assignments and information disclosure statements 
  • Manages outside counsel regarding patent issues including: instructing, reviewing, overseeing and approving outside counsel’s work on various global patent matters. Reviews all outside counsel invoices for accuracy and forwards to manager for final review and approval.
  • Monitors and analyzes competitive IP and communicates relevant information to appropriate internal clientele.  Makes strategic recommendations for any action or response.
  • Manages patent prosecution budget including developing efficient means to provide the most value and protection while tracking spend throughout the year. Makes recommendations for patent trimming based on business goals. 
  • Reviews draft scientific publications and presentations to ensure effective invention capture and protection of corporate IP assets. Reviews abstracts, posters and publications prepared by the Company’s Research, Clinical and Development teams prior to external submission. 
  • Supports due diligence activities for Business Development team transactions and provides recommendations and risk assessments as needed.  Proactively provides IP perspective to key internal decision-makers. 
  • Works with IP counterparts at partner sites for collaborative prosecution of partnered portfolio assets and resolution of issues relating to partnered IP, to ensure strong alliance management of partnered IP 
  • Assists, as directed in opposition, interference, litigation matters and other IP-related disputes. 
  • Evaluates current processes and implements (or recommends, seeks approval and then implements?) new cost and time efficient measures within the IP Team 
  • Pitch in to help Legal Team members and other duties as requested. 


 Education & Credentials

  • PhD in a relevant field (biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, or the like)
  • Registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office


  • A minimum of eight (8) years of relevant experience in handling intellectual property matters related to drug development of biologics and protein engineering and manufacturing
  • Prior experience writing patent applications and assisting in the development of IP strategy

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of USPTO and WIPO rules and procedures and commitment to keep abreast of any changes  
  • Proactive, independent ability to determine strategy for, and execution of, new tasks and assignments  
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and written and oral communication skills  
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and flexible with the ability to manage multiple priorities  
  • Ability to influence and work effectively with cross-functional teams and key stakeholders 
  • Inclusive, team-oriented mindset with an ability to work well with a diverse group of colleagues 

Supervisory Responsibilities


Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience in-house in a biopharmaceutical company preferred
  • Previous law firm experience is a plus


MacroGenics is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Employment selection and related decisions are made without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law. We are committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email or call (301) 354-3566 and/or 711 for TTD/TTY service. 

Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

We do not accept non-solicited resumes or candidate submittals from search/recruiting agencies.

Job Type : Full-Time
Education Level : Doctoral
Experience Level : Mid to Senior Level
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