Lead the intellectual property function of the company, including counselling management on IP matters, overseeing and reviewing preparation and prosecution of patent applications, IP risk assessment and management, reviewing IP-related provisions of corporate contracts, and staff IP education.


Intellectual property strategic guidance and counsel

  • Propose and implement IP strategy in line with Company’s business strategy and to ensure Company dominant IP position for the long term
  • Propose and manage in-licensing strategy to ensure Company dominant IP position for the long term
  • Provide high level, independent support for due diligence, strategic collaborations, licensing agreements and other business contracting needs
  • Provide opinion and recommendation to management on IP strategy and related activities

Patent strategy

  • Managing patents claims and filling strategy to unsure best strength, scope and position of patent portfolio to ensure long-term competitive advantage
  • Oversee and review of patent preparation and prosecution to maximize value of portfolio
  • Maintain positive relationships with external counsel and experts.
  • Recommend and help implement IP strategies for R&D project teams
  • Educate and advise senior management & scientists on important IP issues and advance IP/patent awareness.

Management and reporting of all intellectual property functions

  • Manage all IP related function and team
  • Build, manage and monitor IP functions and activities budget
  • Contribute to Company Board reporting and take part of Board meeting
  • Report and communicate internally IP activities on a regular basis

IP risk monitoring, litigation and associated strategy

  • Manage and support outside counsel in IP disputes, litigation, IPRs, PGRs and oppositions, including formulating appropriate IP litigation strategies
  • Develop a thorough understanding of DNA Script’s current and planned business activities, programs, competitors, and markets and keep abreast of developing legal trends, laws and regulations.
  • Review publications, presentations, press releases and other materials for clearance.
  • Conduct or supervise freedom-to-operate, non-infringement, and competitive landscape analyses in key technology areas and product development

Qualifications and experience


  • JD, registered patent attorney
  • 12+ years of relevant IP experience in the life-science industry, including significant in-house experience.
  • An advanced degree in Molecular Biology, Bioengineering, Molecular Genetics, Synthetic Biology, Microbiology, or a related biotechnology-relevant discipline or an advanced degree in Organic Chemistry, Nucleic Acid Chemistry or related biochemistry-relevant discipline.
  • Direct experience in biologic patents and life-science tool product and product development
  • Experience in managing, organizing or taking part in IP committee or relevant processes
  • Possess working knowledge of transactional, commercial, and intellectual property law
  • Experience in Board reporting and Board meeting preparation and participation
  • Can handle large volume of work on a prioritized basis
  • Exceptional attention for detail and accuracy abilities.
  • Strong interactive skills and collaborative attitude to work effectively in a team environment
  • Excellent organizational, project management and problem-solving skills with the ability to ensure to stay in budget and time while communicating clearly to the rest of the management team.
  • Highest levels of personal honesty, integrity and commitment.


  • Experience in the field of DNA technology, such as DNA synthesis or DNA sequencing
  • Start-up/small biotechnology company experience
  • International experience with or for non-US firms


  • Job located in South San Francisco (Bay area)
  • Start date: ASAP