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Associate Counsel, Intellectual Property

Posted Jul 03
Full Time
On Site
Cambridge, Massachusetts

The Role:

At Moderna, we are pioneers of mRNA medicines, continually pushing scientific and technological boundaries to develop a diverse pipeline that includes everything from cancer treatments to vaccines. In this vital role, you will join our dedicated team tasked with maximizing the value and potential of Moderna's intellectual property. As Associate Counsel, Intellectual Property, you will oversee the operational aspects of our patent practice, ensuring efficient and consistent strategic implementation, as well as detailed analyses to inform strategic thinking. Your expertise will support our intellectual property team’s commitment to the Moderna Mindsets while also contributing to a culture of excellence that is critical to our mission to deliver transformative mRNA medicines to people.


  • Execute strategy with urgency and precision: Direct the operational management of Moderna’s patent portfolio, collaborating with scientists and senior attorneys to collect, analyze and organize technical information to optimize patent preparation and implement prosecution strategies.

  • Remove viscosity in operations and communication: Support a team of experienced IP professionals by analyzing relevant information and competitive intelligence to assess third party patent rights, develop mitigation strategies, and assist in the development of patent enforcement strategies.

  • Navigate complex legal landscapes: Coordinate internal and external legal counsel by aligning legal positions taken in prosecution and contested matters.

  • Innovate and digitize processes: Create and implement AI solutions to enhance the efficiency of in-house patent practices.


Basic Qualifications:

  • JD required, with admission to practice law in at least one jurisdiction; preference given to those admitted in Massachusetts or with European Patent Office (EPO) qualifications. Patent Agents with equivalent experience are also encouraged to apply.

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a patent law environment, ideally with in-house experience in biotechnology.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Life Sciences; Advanced degree or Ph.D. preferred.

  • Registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.

  • Demonstrable experience in patent strategy, preparation, prosecution, and legal analysis of validity and infringement issues.

  • Strong collaboration and communication skills, ability to work with various technologies and stakeholders to implement complex IP initiatives.

Preferred Experience:

  • Experience utilizing AI for predictive analytics and implementing AI-driven enhancements in patent prosecution and strategic planning.

  • Experience working in-house within a biotechnology or pharmaceutical environment.


Moderna is pleased to provide you and your family with a comprehensive and innovative suite of benefits, including:

  • Highly competitive and inclusive medical, dental and vision coverage options
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for medical expenses and dependent care expenses
  • Lifestyle Spending Account funds to help you engage in personal enrichment and self-care activities
  • Family care benefits, including subsidized back-up care options and on-demand tutoring
  • Free premium access to fitness, nutrition, and mindfulness classes 
  • Exclusive preferred pricing on Peloton fitness equipment
  • Adoption and family-planning benefits
  • Dedicated care coordination support for our LGBTQ+ community
  • Generous paid time off, including:
    •    Vacation, sick time and holidays
    •    Volunteer time to participate within your community
    •    Discretionary year-end shutdown
    •    Paid sabbatical after 5 years; every 3 years thereafter
  • Generous Paid Leave offerings, including 18 weeks of 100% paid parental leave for all new parents
  • 401k match and Financial Planning tools
  • Moderna-paid Life, LTD and STD insurance coverages, as well as voluntary benefit options
  • Complimentary concierge service including home services research, travel booking, and entertainment requests
  • Free parking or subsidized commuter passes
  • Location-specific perks and extras!

About Moderna

Since our founding in 2010, we have aspired to build the leading mRNA technology platform, the infrastructure to reimagine how medicines are created and delivered, and a world-class team. We believe in giving our people a platform to change medicine and an opportunity to change the world. 

By living our mission, values, and mindsets every day, our people are the driving force behind our scientific progress and our culture. Together, we are creating a culture of belonging and building an organization that cares deeply for our patients, our employees, the environment, and our communities.

We are proud to have been recognized as a Science Magazine Top Biopharma Employer, a Fast Company Best Workplace for Innovators, and a Great Place to Work in the U.S.

As we build our company, we have always believed an in-person culture is critical to our success. Moderna champions the significant benefits of in-office collaboration by embracing a 70/30 work model. This 70% in-office structure helps to foster a culture rich in innovation, teamwork, and direct mentorship. Join us in shaping a world where every interaction is an opportunity to learn, contribute and make a meaningful impact.

If you want to make a difference and join a team that is changing the future of medicine, we invite you to visit to learn more about our current opportunities.

Moderna is a smoke-free, alcohol-free and drug-free work environment.

Moderna is a place where everyone can grow. If you meet the Basic Qualifications for the role and you would be excited to contribute to our mission every day, please apply!

Moderna is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace and is an affirmative action employer.

Moderna is committed to equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to a person's race, color, sex, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, ancestry or citizenship, ethnicity, disability, military or protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital or familial status, or any other personal characteristic protected under applicable law. Moderna is an E-Verify Employer in the United States. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements.

Belonging, Inclusion, and Diversity are critical to the success of our company and our impact on society. We’re focused on attracting, retaining, developing, and advancing our employees and believe that by cultivating diverse experiences, backgrounds, and ideas, we can provide an environment where every employee is able to contribute their best.

Moderna is committed to offering reasonable accommodations to qualified job applicants with disabilities. Any applicant requiring an accommodation in connection with the hiring process and/or to perform the essential functions of the position for which the applicant has applied should contact the Accommodations team at  (EEO/AAP Employer)