Senior Patent Counsel

  • 111 Oyster Point Blvd, South San Francisco, CA 94080, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: FPRX) is a publicly traded, clinical-stage biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing innovative immuno-oncology protein therapeutics to improve the lives of patients with serious diseases.  We have an industry-leading and differentiated drug discovery platform.  Our comprehensive proprietary libraries of the extracellular proteome, differentiated screening capabilities and protein therapeutic generation and engineering capabilities comprise a unique and powerful IND engine that will continue to generate important development programs.  This uniquely positions us to discover novel pathways and targets in immuno-oncology.  Our success with our drug discovery platform has led to a pipeline that is on track to more than double to five development programs in clinical trials across multiple indications in 2018.  We also have several undisclosed research programs at different points of the target validation and molecule generation phases that have the potential to yield our next wave of development-stage therapeutic biologics.  And we continue to fuel this process at the earliest stages with new screens planned this year.

Five Prime is committed to innovation and outstanding science to develop effective new drugs for the treatment of severe diseases. We value our culture of openness, collaboration and productivity.  The  company is in a strong financial position and has an effective executive team and Board of Directors.  Discover more about FivePrime at

Job Description

As a trusted advisor to the business, the Senior Patent Counsel will partner with various functions throughout the company to identify opportunities to protect intellectual property and to provide business-relevant guidance, including patentability, freedom-to-operate and other due diligence opinions and risk assessments.  By providing clear guidance to scientists and business leaders, this role will support business objectives and decision-making.

The Senior Patent Agent will develop and execute strategies for protecting intellectual property related to FivePrime’s immuno-oncology protein therapeutic programs.  The individual in this role will prepare and prosecute patent applications both as in-house counsel and through outside counsel to build and maintain robust global intellectual property portfolios covering large molecule therapeutics and related inventions in the research and development pipeline.  In some instances, these responsibilities will be carried out in cooperation with external partners and collaborators. 

This role will also support Business Development and transactional attorneys in negotiating and drafting agreements, including licensing and collaboration agreements, MTAs and CDAs. 



  • 7+ years of experience as patent agent in active large molecule patent prosecution, including patent application drafting and prosecution in a pharma or biotech corporation and/or representing such clients in a law firm

  • It only says Bachelor’s Degree + 12 Yrs Experience. 

  • An advanced degree in the biological sciences is desired

  • Agreement and transactional experience highly desired



  • Ability to explain complex legal issues to audiences from other functions

  • Strong knowledge of domestic and international laws, regulations, and practices relating to patent procurement and defense

  • Excellent judgment and ability to influence others

  • Resilient and results-oriented

  • Excellent negotiation and communication (oral and written) skills

  • Ability to prioritize and manage diverse projects

  • Ability to work independently and on teams, including cross-functional teams


Additional Information

At FivePrime, we believe a diverse workforce drives our success as a company. We are always working to create an environment where different backgrounds and viewpoints are valued and celebrated.

FivePrime is an equal opportunity employer. FivePrime makes employment decisions, including in recruitment and selection, without consideration of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or disability.Please call or reply with any comments.

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