Patent Agent – IP Prosecution – All Offices

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Patent Agent - IP Prosecution - All Offices

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McDermott is seeking a USPTO-registered patent agent with a graduate degree in molecular biology, immunology, or related biotechnology field, with a minimum of 4 years of experience as a patent practitioner.  The ideal candidate is conversant in a spectrum of technical areas across the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and diagnostic industries, and is able to handle global patent portfolios for developing and commercialized products in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry. Excellent organizational skills and the ability to work as a team member are critical.  


This position can be staffed in any U.S. office.


  • Minimum 4 years of experience in both writing and prosecuting patent applications
  • Must be registered with the USPTO
  • Excellent analytical skills, writing skills, and academic record


Applications should be submitted online through our web apply portal.  Questions can be directed to Amanda Ryan, Lateral Associate Recruiting Manager, at


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The estimated salary range for this position is $140,000 – $215,000. Actual salary is dependent on years of experience, technical background and billing rate.