Careers at OncoMed

OncoMed, a pioneer and leader in the development of novel cancer therapies directed toward immuno-oncology targets, fosters a culture of innovation as the company strives to provide significant alternatives for the treatment of cancer.

Headquartered in Redwood City, California, our employees bring a passionate dedication to the advancement of novel treatments for patients with cancer.

Open Positions:

Senior Patent Counsel


OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing novel anti-cancer therapeutics, is seeking a senior patent attorney to join its legal team. The Senior Patent Counsel will be responsible for the preparation, filing and prosecution of patent applications, formulating patent strategy, and conducting patentability and freedom-to-operate evaluations. Other responsibilities will include counseling management and scientists on patent-related matters. The Senior Patent Counsel will report to OncoMed’s Senior Vice President and General Counsel.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Manage OncoMed’s U.S. and foreign patent application prosecution docket
  • Formulate patent strategy and counsel management and scientists on patent matters including patent strategies for research and development programs, taking into account relevant obligations under research collaboration or license agreements and third-party patent issues
  • Identify inventions and draft, file, and prosecute patent applications
  • Perform patentability, validity and freedom-to-operate analyses
  • Direct outside IP counsel regarding patent preparation, prosecution and opinion services
  • Conduct IP due diligence assessments and manage IP due diligence requests from third parties in support of the company’s business development activities
  • Review and provide input on IP matters in contracts
  • At least 5 years experience in preparation and prosecution of biotech patent applications in a corporate setting and/or in a law firm servicing such clients
  • Admission to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • A law degree (J.D.) from an ABA-accredited law school
  • Member in good standing of a state bar (State Bar of California preferred), and if not a member of the State Bar of California, must be eligible to be registered with the State Bar of California as Registered In-House Counsel
  • An advanced degree in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g., Biology, Immunology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology), with a Ph.D. strongly preferred
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills and sound decision-making abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

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