Job Description

The Broad Institute stands on the leading edge of biomedical research, with a mission to broadly disseminate discoveries and information to the scientific community and general public. The Broads research is pursued through a blend of academic and industrial-scale production of genetic, biological, and chemical outputs, with scientists from Broad, MIT, Harvard, and the Harvard-affiliated hospitals working side-by-side.

The mission of the legal function in the Office of Strategic Alliances and Partnering is to accelerate and expand the dissemination and translation of the Broad Institutes emerging knowledge and novel discoveries through strategic partnering, licensing, and new ventures. The Broad Institutes break-through innovations include novel therapeutics, biomarkers, diagnostics, drug development technologies, analysis tools, and more. Our research areas span a wide array of disease states with significant unmet needs, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, infectious diseases, inflammation and autoimmune disorders, metabolic diseases, neglected diseases, orphan diseases, and psychiatric diseases. The legal function in the Office of Strategic Alliances and Partnering is active in establishing meaningful partnerships ranging from Broad Institute-based research and technology collaborations to joint drug development programs, technology licensing, and sponsored research opportunities. The Intellectual Property team is an integral part of the Office of Strategic Alliances and Partnering.


  • Manage the Broad Institutes intellectual property (IP) portfolio:
  • Identify scientific and technical discoveries for potential patent protection through regular communications with Broad Institute scientists
  • Evaluate scientific and novel aspects of those discoveries for patentability, protection with other intellectual property including trademarks, and commercial applications
  • Ensure that IP strategy conforms with overall strategic goals of the Broad Institute and support the achievement of institutional goals, which include the following:
  • Manage the patenting process for inventions generated from multi-disciplinary research jointly owned by multiple Broad Institute partner institutions, and effectively communicate with the tech transfer offices of Broad Institute collaborating institutions
  • Manage outside counsel and supervise all work products to ensure compliance with Broad strategy and risk tolerance.
  • Serve as in-house counsel for IP matters, directing legal work and overseeing the selection and engagement of outside legal experts when needed
  • In partnership with the Broad Institutes transactions group, identify potential commercial licensees and partners, and support negotiations of license, option, sponsored research, and collaboration agreements
  • Support alliance management efforts
  • Provide guidance and education for the Broad Institute community regarding intellectual property matters, including advising and responding to community questions/issues regarding intellectual property
  • Management of other attorneys or paraprofessionals
  • Other projects or duties as may be requested or required
  • An integral duty involves interacting closely with Broad Institute scientific staff, including principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and others


  • Bachelors degree in a discipline allowing registration to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), J.D. from an accredited U.S. law school, admission to practice law in the U.S., and registration to practice before the USPTO as a patent attorney
  • Ph.D. or P.Eng. desired, but not required, based on years of experience, in biochemistry, biological chemistry, biophysics, cellular biology, chemical biology, genetics, genomics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, molecular pharmacology, neuroscience, organic chemistry, synthetic biology, systems biology, or virology, or biochemical engineering, bioengineering, biological engineering, biomedical engineering, or chemical engineering
  • Minimum eight (8) or more years of experience as a patent attorney practicing U.S. and international biotechnology patent prosecution, with eight (8) or more years of patent prosecution work comprised of formal prosecution training, first-hand drafting of patent applications and Office actions, correspondence with the USPTO, and direct responsibility for client
  • Experience in licensing, and supporting licensing negotiations, of life science technologies
  • Academic or pharma/biotech industry life science research experience is beneficial
  • Strong organizational skills, including careful attention to detail and ability to handle and prioritize multiple assignments and maintain strict deadlines through effective time management
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills and the ability to quickly communicate complex issues clearly and succinctly
  • Experience in client counseling and a client service focus, capable of interacting with and providing guidance to a wide range of people and personalities, including faculty, students, venture capitalists, attorneys, partner institution IP professionals, industry executives, and staff at all levels, in a fast-paced and challenging environment
  • Entrepreneurial, proactive, collaborative, self-starter and highly independent and able to work in a fast-paced environment
  • A passion for science and its application to improve public health


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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