Patent Agent / Attorney

IGM BiosciencesMountain View, CA

IGM (Nasdaq: IGMS) is a biotechnology company pioneering the development of engineered IgM antibodies for the treatment of cancer patients. IgM antibodies have inherent properties that we believe may enable them to improve upon the efficacy and safety of IgG antibodies in multiple therapeutic applications.

We have created a proprietary IgM antibody technology platform that we believe is particularly well suited for developing T cell engagers, receptor cross-linking agonists and targeted cytokines. Our lead product candidate, IGM-2323, is a bispecific T cell engaging IgM antibody targeting CD20 and CD3, that is currently in a Phase 1 clinical trial for the treatment of relapsed/refractory B cell Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Our second product candidate is IGM-8444, an IgM antibody targeting Death Receptor 5 (DR5) for the treatment of patients with solid and hematologic malignancies. Also in our product pipeline is IGM-7354, a bispecific IgM antibody delivering interleukin-15 (IL-15) cytokines to PD-L1 expressing cells for the treatment of patients with solid and hematologic malignancies.

We are seeking an experienced patent agent/attorney to help manage our fast growing patent portfolio. In this important position you will use your scientific and legal skills to develop and implement patent strategies in coordination with the legal team, and to identify and communicate risks. This position will directly report to our VP, Intellectual Property.


  • Actively coordinate with our research and development teams to identify new inventions as well as to devise and implement strategies for patent protection over the life cycle of product candidates.
  • Prepare and prosecute US patent applications.
  • Assist in the development of coordinated global patent strategies.
  • Perform freedom to operate and patentability searches.
  • Evaluate and monitor patent portfolios of third parties.
  • Communicate IP guidance to IGM management.


  • Patent Agent or Attorney with USPTO Registration Number.
  • 4+ years of experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications in a molecular biology-related field, either in-house or in a law firm.
  • Ph.D. or equivalent in a molecular biology-related field, or B.S. or M.S. plus 6+ years of relevant laboratory experience.
  • Experience working in the biotechnology industry.
  • High level of professionalism and motivation, ability to work independently but also as part of a team.
  • Able to take initiative to identify and complete tasks.
  • Able to manage multiple projects with rapidly changing priorities.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Exemplary time management skills, organization, and attention to detail.
  • Must be able to commute to Mountain View.

We offer a fast-paced, collaborative, team-based and family-like work environment.

One of our top priorities is to maintain the health and wellbeing of our employees and their families. To achieve this goal, we are offering robust and comprehensive benefits with a variety of options:

  • Medical, dental and vision insurance. The full premium amount for our employees and their dependents is currently covered by IGM
  • STD, LTD, Basic Life and AD&D Insurance, Supplemental Life and AD&D Insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • 120 hours of Paid Time Off, 5 sick days per year, 10 holidays
  • Cell phone & internet subsidy
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program
  • Annual training budget for professional development
  • Commuter Benefit
  • Annual bonus program
  • New hire stock options

IGM is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry, age, disability, marital status and veteran status. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment.

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