Patent Attorney

Boston, MA
General, Finance & Administration
We are passionate about engineering organisms at Ginkgo Bioworks to address fundamental challenges the world is facing today. We are looking for a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney with an advanced degree in the biotechnology arts, ideally with experience in synthetic biology. This position offers a broad range of responsibilities including managing patent portfolio, contract agreements and due diligence analyses (including freedom-to-operate and related analyses) for various projects including internal program guidance.  This individual will also work closely with the General Counsel, scientists and members of management at a strategic and analytical level to assess opportunities and risks. This position requires strong communication and project management skills and a great deal of resourcefulness and autonomy in accomplishing a wide variety of tasks.  Registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office along with an admission to a state bar (if an attorney) is required. Excellent academics and strong written and oral communication skills are necessary, as this position will interface regularly with scientists and management. 


    • Develop and executing clear, informed, and sophisticated intellectual property strategies for critical intellectual property portfolios.
    • Manage and conduct prosecution of Ginkgo’s, including preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent filings; serve as a liaison with outside counsel, as requested.
    • Providing legal opinions regarding patent ability, validity, and freedom-to-operate
    • Assist in managing intellectual property due diligence to support business development transactions and company financings
    • Proposing and negotiating intellectual property provisions in various agreements
    • Managing external relationships with outside patent counsel, collaborators, and business partners
    • Act a resource for the General Counsel and Management on changes in patent law, recommend actions based on recent legal precedent. 
    • Help implement and train internal clients on policies, procedures and systems related to intellectual property issues as requested.


    • 5-7 years of experience in patent prosecution and IP due diligence analyses and related work in the biologics space in either a law firm or corporate setting.
    • Prior in-house experience in a biotechnology or pharmaceuticals company strongly preferred.
    • Experience with contract drafting and negotiation is highly preferred
    • Advanced degree in biology, molecular biology or biochemistry strongly preferred.
    • Registration to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • Knowledge of synthetic biology is a plus.
    • Demonstrated ability to multi-task, problem-solve and operate in a fast paced environment.
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
    • Strong professionalism and interpersonal skills.


    • Strong organizational skills and ability to handle multiple responsibilities simultaneously and still meet high quality and timeliness standards under pressure.
    • Team player with a commitment to developing strong collaborative relationships with other members of the department, clients and cross-functional teams.
    • Solution-oriented, positive, “can do” approach.
    • Comfortable in a results-driven, highly accountable environment where you can make an impact.
    • Self-motivated, able to work independently and be reliable and responsive.
    • Ability to be flexible and willing to accept new responsibilities as needed.
    • Commitment to proactively seeking, designing and implementing improvements and engaging with appropriate stakeholders to propose and implement solutions.
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We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it needs to change.  Our goal is to help drive that change. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life.  Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack - we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.

It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.